About the Crowded Closet
The Crowded Closet is a non-profit thrift store located at
851 Highway 6 E in Iowa City, Iowa. Our mission is to share God’s love and compassion in the name of Christ by supporting Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) world relief, service and development programs, as well as local community relief agencies. All the profits of the Crowded Closet go to support these relief and service organizations.
The thrift shop sells donated goods such as clothing for men, women and children, housewares, furniture, toys, books and antiques. In addition, we offer Fair Trade food items such as coffee and chocolate as well as seasonal items such as decor, gifts and more.
Stop by the Crowded Closet and spend some time shopping "where every purchase is a gift to the world."
In 1978, a small group of visionary Mennonite women started a thrift shop in Iowa City, Iowa, offering lightly-used clothing and household items at affordable prices. With the support of sixteen area Mennonite churches and hundreds of local volunteers, Crowded Closet has experienced steady expansion over the last 40 years, moving three times to accommodate growth.
Together with countless donors and shoppers, this vibrant and engaging local non-profit makes a generous impact on the community and world having achieved 8 million dollars in giving to support local and global relief through MCC, a worldwide relief and development organization. This includes more than $50,000 in resources shared annually through partnership with local helping agencies such as CommUnity (formerly The Crisis Center).
Crowded Closet is part of the MCC Thrift Shops network.