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Thrifty Ways to Beat the Heat

The heat is on this summer with forecasts projecting hotter than average temperatures in the United States. How can you beat the heat without spending a ton of money? Head to your local Volunteers of America thrift store!

Keep Your Home Cool

Think you can’t find what you need to cool your home at a thrift store? Think again. We recently found two SPT Air Evaporate Air Coolers at our Pickerington thrift store location.

This air cooler shoots a stream of air through oscillating slats, to evenly distribute refreshing cool air. Feel free to test electronics in our store. If you cannot find an outlet please ask a store associate to assist you.


Play with Water

Check out the toy section in our stores to find low cost and fun water toys to keep your kids busy and cool this summer. Whether you’re lucky enough to have a pool, or you’re headed to the beach, we’ve got you covered.





Stay Hydrated

This cup will not only keep your beverage cool, but will remind you of cooler temperatures with its winter motif. Find the perfect cup to keep the ice from melting in your drink at our thrift stores.




Stay in the Shade

Get yourself made in the shade at our thrift stores. Whether you need sunglasses, sun hats or even the occasional beach umbrella, our stores will surprise you with their selection. 




Heat up your Wardrobe

Look hot and stay cool when you shop at Volunteers of America thrift. From sundresses, sun hats, shorts, swimwear and more, our stores have all the summer clothing you need. Our inventory changes daily and you never know what you might find.

We hope these tips help you stay cool this summer without breaking the bank.

Find a thrift store location near you at:
voaohin.org/thrift-store-locations

Be sure to tag us @voathrift or use #voathrift to share what you find!