KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you're tired of shopping at big box stores and want to try something new for Christmas, the Crossroads area has a unique dime store. The Baltimore Dime Store is like a treasure hunt.
When you shop you're also doing something for the community.
"I always hear the comment 'I had these at grandma's house when I was a kid,'" said Steve Lindsay who runs the store.
The store is located at 16th and Baltimore for Jewish Vocational Services or JVS. He says he's seen everything in the store from a tent to crystal vases.
"We're hard to market," he said. "We've got all kinds of unique things you won't find anywhere else. I guarantee it."
Most of the re-sale items are donations to JVS. It's part antique store and thrift store as well as a corner market.
"Our neighbors love the snacks and cold drinks on their breaks," he said.
The money raised goes back to JVS programs that help the community. Programs like the Sheltered Workshop, a work force training program for adults with physical or cognitive disabilities. It also provides workers for the store.
"Every morning I come in and work," said Peggy one of the employees. "I work in here from 8 till 9 and I run the cash register and fill the pop up and wipe tables down."
She says she enjoys talking to the customers and feels good every day when she leaves.
"We like to see them develop to their full potential," Lindsay said.
Since the store is always getting donations, it's never the same merchandise for long. That's what makes the store a treasure hunter's dream.
You can visit the store Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fore more information go to jvskc.org.