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Thrift Culture Moves to Bellevue Square

By turning old used goods, donations, and volunteer efforts into aid for children and families in need, Bellevue is made a stronger and healthier community.When you think of Bellevue Square, you may think of the collection of stores and boutiques ranging from Nordstrom to Macy’s to the Microsoft Store. You may have heard of the nearby Lincoln Square Expansion that offers state of the art office spaces, residential and retail space, dining and entertainment. Since long before the boom from business to the Bellevue and Seattle metropolitan area, Bellevue LifeSpring has been a part of this vibrant and prosperous community. Bellevue LifeSpring, formerly the Overlake Service League, has been a pillar of community service in the Bellevue community for over 100 years and they are looking forward to an even brighter future.

The foundation of Bellevue LifeSpring has always been able to give back to the members of the Bellevue community who are below the poverty line. Bellevue is the third largest suburb of Seattle and is found just across Lake Washington. Bellevue’s downtown features the second largest city in the state of Washington and is home to Expedia and T-Mobile headquarters. Bellevue is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live and for business.

The Bellevue LifeSpring History

Shopping center patrons on escalator

Bellevue LifeSpring started from humble beginnings as the Overlake Service League way back in 1911. During the Great Depression, The Overlake Service League helped children in the Bellevue area by delivering milk and helped local farmers by donating equipment and farming supplies. The Overlake Service League Thrift Shop began its time at Bellevue Square Mall in 1981, and in 2017, changed their name to Thrift Culture. The Freeman family has been an integral part of the Bellevue community for over 100 years. Miller Freeman was a driving political force that created the Lake Washington Floating Bridge, the first floating bridge crossing Lake Washington. Kemper Freeman Sr. was instrumental in starting the very first school district in Bellevue as well as Overlake Hospital Medical Center, which was the first hospital in Bellevue. Kemper Freeman Jr. is the CEO of Kemper Development Company, which manages The Bellevue Collection. Bellevue LifeSpring has always played a vital role in the Bellevue community by assisting families in need since the beginning. To this day, Bellevue Square and the Kemper Development Company only charge Bellevue LifeSpring $1 per year to rent their retail space in Bellevue Square. Turning used wares into salable goods with the end goal of helping people has been the recipe for fostering the prosperity of the Bellevue community. Through offering reused goods and turning charitable donations into real sales, Thrift Culture looks to continue to build on the success Bellevue LifeSpring and the Overlake Service League started long ago. By turning old used goods, donations, and volunteer efforts into aid for children and families in need, Bellevue is made a stronger and healthier community.

Bellevue LifeSpring Moves to Bellevue Square

The Bellevue community has a strong sense of giving to others who are less fortunate, and area businesses also share this sentiment. Some area businesses and organizations that helped make Bellevue LifeSpring’s move a success were AAA Washington, Apex Moving and Storage, Gravity Creative, JPC Architects, TubeArt, plus many more local donators and contributors. With the vigilant support of the area businesses and the kind spirited efforts of those in positions of power, the community of Bellevue and the surrounding Puget Sound region will continue to prosper well into the future.

A recent article in the Bellevue Reporter highlights the opening of Thrift Culture in Bellevue Square.

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