Gift Ideas from Indie Utah Businesses 2021: Lillies of the Fields
The holiday season is upon us. As a responsible adult, you’ve definitely prepared for it and you’re definitely not sweating right now, on the verge of getting gift cards or stalking social media for any inkling of what to get someone. Completely unrelated, here are some gift ideas from independent Utah businesses that are sure to shake up the typical rolodex of holiday fair. Whether it be thrifted gold or fantastical comics, we’ve got inspiration for just about everyone!
Lillies of the Fields
1401 S Main Street, SLC | W–F 11–6, Sa 11–5
801.596.0706 | www.slcthriftshop.com
Lillies of the Fields is a thrift store in the heart of the Ballpark neighborhood whose goal is helping those in the community who need it most: newly released prisoners, the houseless and those struggling with mental illness. Founder Mary Daniels started the 501-C3 nonprofit after being the main supplier for a charitable program in Pioneer Park where she was receiving more donations than she was able to supply to the homeless. “We carry gifts and treasures; at least 90% was donated,” says Daniels.
While the store has the essentials such as clothes, furniture and dishware, there is also a funky collection of art on the walls, music equipment and vintage barware. For Daniels, those who are in need of anything at Lillies of the Fields can take home needed items on an honor system. “If you need it and don’t have funds you have instant credit. You can take it home and you are responsible for the payment—we don’t call you. We let your heart call us,” says Daniels.
For her, the charitable mission is the primary focus of the thrift shop, and she made a point to accept donations and stay open when possible during the hardest days of the pandemic. Daniels says, “We are now becoming more structural, hiring part-time employees and [making] other structural changes.” Daniels says the best way for SLUG readers to help and get involved is to come in, check out the store, donate items and give feedback. –Ali Shimkus