CMS parent thrifts to make a difference

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools parent wants to make a difference in the school system and is now taking matters into her own hands. She wants to provide resources to classrooms.

Michelle Abels says she’s bringing together two of her interest.

“I’ve combined my passion for thrifting and public school advocacy into one love which is this thrift store,” Abels said.

She launched a non-profit organization called Key Resale where she hosts yard sales with consignment items. And that money would help CMS schools with high need.

“This thrift store is going to be a game changer for our public school system. Not only for our public school system but for our city,” she said.

She says the thrift store would pump money into the school system.

“The question is, what happens when a school doesn’t have that parental support that can either write a check or come and participate in fundraising. Or take charge in finding ways to make money,” she said.

Right now she rents out this small room in a local church to help store all the consignment items. Key Resale is at the beginning stages, but she hopes to raise at least $30,000 for the schools.

“If we don’t help to provide things that our school needs we won’t have technology. Teachers won’t have training,” she said.

Abels says her grassroot efforts are rewarding as a CMS parent, knowing that her love for treasure hunting will benefit students in the long run.

“I love thrifting. I love the hunt and the kill of a good deal. It’s one of my fun things to do. I like to take $20 and visit thrift stores and see what kind of goodies I can get,” she said.

Key Resale intends to help at least 40 schools down the road. There’s a GoFundMe page to help the start-up.

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