If you’re having a difficult time deciding how to honor veterans on Memorial Day, you could always visit 922 S.W. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.

If you’re having a difficult time deciding how to honor veterans on Memorial Day, you could always visit 922 S.W. Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.

That’s where you’ll find Red Racks Thrift Store, a recently opened Disabled American Veterans thrift store – the first of its kind in the city.

And for Alan Hayworth, the store’s manager, he’s hoping he and staff can erase some of the rumors and misunderstandings that surround the business.

“I think people have the wrong idea about what the store is,”  he said. “They don’t think it’s open to the public, only veterans, or that we only accept donations from veterans. It’s not like that at all.”

Not to mention the name.

“They changed it because people would call it Dave’s,” he said. “The company wanted something specific. All the racks in the store are red.”

What it is a 20,000 square foot store that serves as a headquarters for all Kansas City area DAV stores. The store, which opened in mid-April, is one of two in the Eastern Jackson County area, the other being at Missouri 291 and 23rd Street in Independence.

“We have a warehouse here, and we also have administrative offices,” Hayworth said. “It’s a good place to be based.”

Since opening, Hayworth said business has been steady, except for when the rain kept people away. He admits that it’s in a good location beside Goodwill.

“There’s that saying that if you want to go out to eat, go to where the restaurants are,” he said. “This area has a few thrift stores.”

Inventory is broad at Red Racks. From clothing to furniture, all money raised goes to disabled veteran causes, as well as operating expenses. Various sales are offered, including every Sunday when random colored tagged items are a quarter.

Each Monday, veterans and senior citizens get 25 percent off the purchase price, which could include appliances. That will be offer for this Monday, Memorial Day, when it’s business as usual.

On June 4-6, the business is planning a tent sale, featuring furniture and, on June 5 only, a 98 cent clothing and shoe sale.

As settled as the business is in Blue Springs, Hayworth is urging people to donate whatever they can.

“We aren’t looking for any one thing,” he said. “If you have something, bring it in.”

For more information, visit www.davthriftstores.com or call the Blue Springs store at 836-8936.