Fashion experts in Muncie, Indianapolis want to become more sustainable

Editor’s note: The following is part of a project originally started in Ball State University professor Adam Cuban’s classroom in the fall of 2021. Cuban continued the project this fall, challenging his students to find sustainability efforts in the Muncie area and pitch their ideas to Deanna Watson, editor of The Star Press, Journal & Courier and Pal-Item. Several such stories were published in November and December 2022.

MUNCIE, Ind. — After COVID-19 forced Attic Window Thrift Store and Donation Center to close all five of its locations for three months in early 2020, Louanna Ross, director of retail operations for Attic Window, didn’t know how profitable the business would be after reopening. opening.

Women's jackets are on display at the Attic Window location in South Muncie.  Ross said that if a shirt is 50% or more cotton, it is automatically recycled.

The store had record years for the rest of 2020 and 2021 and had 2,100 cars drop off donations at the south Muncie location at 400 W. Memorial Drive in October 2022.

Ross has been involved with the thrift store for more than nine years and oversees its stores in Muncie, Hartford City, New Castle and Winchester. Attic Window operates under Muncie Mission Ministries and sells clothing, shoes, furniture and other items.

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