Today’s episode of “Sites to Visit in Utah” features a retail store most of the world is not familiar with: Deseret Industries.
The next question on your mind is So, what is Deseret Industries?
Started in 1938, Deseret Industries (D.I.) is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint’s goodwill store.
But, why would we want to visit there?
D.I. may be a place to sort through and pay for donated ‘treasures,’ but it’s also much more!
For one thing, the LDS church uses D.I. as a job training resource. Those needing skills work in receiving moccasins someone’s been walking in, sorting some Pro Wings, pricing a fur fox skin, stocking the shelves with flannel zebra jammies, and even ringing up your purchase of your grandad’s clothes.
I …am a D.I. addict. I love going there. At least, I loved going there. Once The Scary Coronamonster drew closer, I eschewed my thrift shop stops. Before that point, however, I was a regular.
Mostly, I use D.I. to feed a gnawing bibliophile appetite. Sometimes, I find signed copies.
Besides books I’m interested in, I also uncover valuable literary treasures.
…And, less-valuable, less-literary discoveries.
I shop for luggage, lunch bags, bicycles, fake ficus trees, antiques, Halloween costumes, VHS and DVD films, tools, furniture, toys, vases, decorations, banana split dishes, and random crap I didn’t even know I wanted.
It’s similar to what I’ve heard flea markets are like. I think.
D.I. is all over the place in Utah. I even have my favorite locations, depending on what I’m searching for. It’s not just me, either; my former sixth-grade teacher used to show up at our lunch dates (when I was older, naturally) with her latest book finds from her favorite D.I.
It sounds crazy; but if you’re in the area, you should hit one up!
For no cost to you, here’s what I donated to the internet last week:
Wednesday, May 13: A virtual tour of Capitol Reef National Park.
Thursday, May 14: “Dear Teacher,” after reminiscing on my school/home experiences.
Friday, May 15: Announced that Charles won the Weekly Hilarity Contest.
Saturday, May 16: Announced this week’s Hilarity Contest. Write a response to the quote from good ol’ Kephart.
And, another update on the Coronavirus Home Life.
Sunday, May 17: “What’s in a Name?” for Carrot Ranch’s prompt.
Monday, May 18: Shared a quote by Norman Cousins.
Tuesday, May 19: “Going Postal, X.”
Wednesday, May 20: Today
©2020 Chelsea Owens, including pictures (excluding the front image of Deseret Industries and YouTube’s video).