Since their beginnings in 1983, the Chicken Soup Brigade and the Northwest AIDS Foundation have led the way in HIV/AIDS advocacy in Seattle. When the two organizations merged to become Lifelong in 2001, they opened a thrift store to fund their efforts to feed, house, and support those fighting HIV/AIDS. Their current location on Capitol Hill is their largest yet, and is brimming with clothing, furniture, entertainment media, and more. The donations are intentionally not organized by binary gender expression, a reflection of Lifelong’s commitment to LGBTQI allyship. The special store is also almost entirely volunteer-run.
Fun fact: Lifelong Thrift also offers $25 shopping vouchers for Seattleites living with HIV/AIDS. They gave 5,932 items, about $18,500 in products in their first year alone.