Rachel Hildebrandt loves Circle Thrift because it brings Philadelphians together

Rachel Hildebrandt
Favorite Spot: Circle Thrift
Neighborhood: South Philly
Address: 1125 South Broad Street (Broad, between Washington Avenue and Ellsworth Street)

I am: a preservation advocate, a non-profit employee, a Hidden City contributor, and a vintage eyeglass collector
Years in Philly: all 26
Current home: Hawthorne


My Love Note:

Dear Circle Thrift,

I have to admit, while growing up, I hated thrift stores. I hated accompanying my mom to Village Thrift, a block north of Olney Transportation Center, because we would spend what felt like hours sorting though uncool used merchandise. All that changed when I met you.

From 2007 to 2010, I worked amid your color-coordinated racks and snarky signs. Believe it or not, having to painstakingly comb through turtleneck after turtleneck and romance novel after romance novel fostered my love for the search. And interacting with individuals ranging from eccentric to disadvantaged, most from the mile radius encompassing the intersection of Broad and Washington, enhanced my understanding of my adopted neighborhood as well as my hometown.

Now that there’s distance between us (three years and an expansion), I better appreciate you. Not only do you provide affordable essentials in a hip atmosphere, you bring people together. In a city that’s changing rapidly – Philadelphia is growing, evolving, garnering positive attention, but also becoming increasingly segregated by income – you bring people from all walks together in pursuit of a common goal: finding deals. 

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Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in South Philly 3 Comments

3 Responses to Rachel Hildebrandt loves Circle Thrift because it brings Philadelphians together

  1. Gary Matthews

    This place is owned by a cult and the money goes to support their mission of ensnaring feeble-minded christian hipsters.

    • Emma Fried-Cassorla

      Are you sure you’re talking about the same place?

    • Benjamin White

      Hey Gary, Circle of Hope is a church. We’re trying to make the world a better place. One of the ways we have done that is we started this Thrift Store to raise money for development around the world through MCC.org. The store also provides jobs to many people. What’s not to like about that?


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