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The Mustard Seed / 218-534-2945 / 23697 Forest Road / Deerwood, MN 56444

 

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The Mustard Seed Thrift and Gifts of Deerwood

The Mustard Seed is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 

Items sold at The Mustard Seed are all received as donations through Salem WEST. The first priority of Salem’s Giving Ministry is to serve our community through Salem WEST. Items that do not fit the needs of Salem WEST or are in excess are sold at The Mustard Seed.  The proceeds from the Mustard Seed support the mission of Salem WEST including purchasing items needed by families including beds and frames, cribs, dressers, pillows, microwaves, and more. 

Items for sale at The Mustard Seed include home decor, antiques, linens, seasonal/holiday decor, new and very gently used clothing, shoes, handbags, handmade items, jewelry, dishes and glassware, kitchen items and small appliances, Books, Music CDs, DVD/BluRay movies (appropriate venues please), Toys, Games, Puzzles, outdoor/garden items and decor, hand and power tools, Fair Trade gift items, Equal Exchange coffee and food items, 
 

*Please note that all donations for The Mustard Seed are processed through Salem WEST. Donations are not received at The Mustard Seed. Please call Salem WEST at 218-534-4962 with any questions regarding donations. Thank you for your support, without it, we could not operate.

 
The History of the Mustard Seed:
 
How will Salem’s Social Ministry keep pace with the requests for services was a question that the Social Ministry Governing Board and various committees needed to answer, because the once small outreach program of Salem had outgrown itself! The ministry needed to become self-sustaining. Along with the strong support from the congregation, numerous foundation grants, fundraisers and donations, a steady source of income was needed.  
 
A second question that was being asked was what to do with all the donations that were not needed to provide direct support to the families being served.  There were many items that were turned away as storage space was limited.  In May of 2009 a groupt gathered to ponder these questions. The solution was to open a thrift store. Surrounded with much prayer, 3 dedicated volunteers, later to be named the “Mustard Seed Three” stepped up to the plate. An empty storefront in Deerwood was available and would end up being the perfect location. With a location selected, items ready to sell, and willing volunteers, it was decided to move forward with the plans to open.  
 
The church council approved the rental of the building and the creation of the new outreach ministry. The council stipulated that ALL revenues would be used for Salem’s social ministry outreach; no monies would be used for the operation of the church.  
 
Only done with God as our guide, The Mustard Seed Thrift and Gifts of Deerwood opened two short months later! Volunteers cleaned, painted, remodeled, and organized. On July 2, 2009 the grand opening was celebrated with huge success. With over 100 volunteers from Salem, other church families, and the greater community, the store is a place of joy and excitement. The gifted, talented volunteers have given The Mustard Seed the flare of a boutique with thrift store pricing.

Thanks to the dedication of The Mustard Seed “Three”, 1,000’s of volunteer hours and prayer warriors, the store has generated funds that enable Salem WEST and Salem’s Social Ministry to serve more families and individuals in need each year. 

Every day is an experience as you never know what you will see on the shelves, thanks to all the wonderful donations that are given. Special events throughout the year have kept the store fresh and exciting: from the Taste of Christmas each November (the weekend before Thanksgiving) to crazy deals during Deerwood’s Summerfest, new ideas are generated every week.

The Mustard Seed continues to grow.  On May 1, 2011, Salem Lutheran Church purchased the Mustard Seed property.  Since that time, many renovation projects have taken place including updating retail space, expanding work space, adding slat wall and replacing and repairing the floors in the main part of the store.  The newest project in September 2019 was a new addition to the west, closest to the Deerwood Legion – giving even more store space and also much needed storage.  We will keep you updated on progress as we move forward!  Be sure to stop by often and see the changes as they happen…and don’t forgot to look for a great deal on quality items at the same time!