steps we are taking to make thrifting safe.


  • Please donate when you are healthy.  Stay home if you are ill and bring your donations when you feel better. 

  • Donations must be in bags, boxes, or other containers that will NOT be returned (no loose articles will be accepted/we will not dump out items to return containers).

  • Please organize donations by category.  Ex: clothing with clothing, household items with household items, etc.

  • Larger items requiring additional handling are subject to approval by the supervisor or manager and are contingent on space available.

  • Check HERE for a complete list of accepted/not accepted donations.

  • Donate during business hours. Donation hours are subject to change without notice due to capacity. Do NOT leave donations outside of the building as they may be impacted by weather, rodents, and insects.

  • Look for the "Donation Drop-off" sign, please do not bring donations to the main entrance. 

  • Remain in your vehicle to keep social distancing.  Our staff/volunteers will unload donations for you.

  • Thank you for your donations! We will gladly give you a tax receipt.


We value our guests and their well being especially in light of COVID-19 and the news that a Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe team member tested positive. We hope that the following FAQs help you navigate your potential exposure while shopping at Trending Upward Thrift Shoppe.

1. Which team member tested COVID-19 positive?

  • Trending Upward may not disclose protected health information (“PHI”) due to the HIPAA privacy rule. An individual’s health status related to testing positive for COVID-19 is considered PHI.

2. Was I exposed if I was in the shop?

  • Anyone who was confirmed to be a close contact to the COVID-19 positive team member has been contacted. For COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes.

3. Do I need to get tested if I was in the shop?

  • You do not need to get tested simply because you visited Trending Upward. Call your healthcare provider to determine if you should be tested if you experience symptoms.

4. Can COVID-19 spread through items I purchased?

  • Currently, there is no evidence of retail containers or packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects.

5. What type of cleaning does Trending Upward do?

  • The Trending Upward team members regularly clean and disinfect the bathrooms, common areas, and electronic equipment. We focused on frequently touched surfaces such as the door handles, checkout area, and shopping carts and baskets.

6. What other precautions did Trending Upward take?

  • Trending Upward requires team members and volunteers to wear masks and social distance from one another and guests. We installed plexi-glass at the checkout counter.

While we cannot eliminate the risk of people being exposed to COVID-19, our desire is to minimize the potential that people contract it in our store. Feel free to email us at or call us at 952-261-2343 if you have questions. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

Mark Sullivan

Lead Pastor

Promise Church

141 depot dr. waconia, mn