Local store ‘Sweet Belongings’ benefits human trafficking victims
Local shoppers are now able to find secondhand items for a bargain while supporting the fight against human trafficking at the same time.
It’s not hard to find something unique at Sweet Belongings in D’Iberville. What really makes the secondhand shop special, however, can’t be found on a shelf.
All of the store’s merchandise is donated and 100 percent of Sweet Belongings’ profits go towards helping human trafficking victims. Advocates for Freedom Founder/CEO Susie Harvill said, “People wanted to donate and so it just grew from a little donation into a wonderful idea and it’s turned into a beautiful store.”
The resale shop is run completely by Advocates for Freedom volunteers like Ocean Springs resident Roxane Dykes. “I just want to be able to do anything that I can to maybe help bring those children home, if in some small way, even by volunteering to help with AFF or in Sweet Belongings.”
Shoppers can find everything from knick knacks to holiday decorations to glassware on the shelves at Sweet Belongings. All the items are also either brand new or gently used.
For the shoppers that are bargain hunters, the average price of a Sweet Belongings item is just three dollars. AFF Volunteer Darlene Floyd said, “And buying Sweet Belongings you have something to look at when you think of how you’re contributing to help the cause. And we just appreciate it.”
Antiques and More owners Nancy and Don Hale have welcomed the resale shop and the advocacy work AFF is doing while also working with Sweet Belongings to help make the booth space affordable. “We absolutely adore them. They are some of the finest people that we’ve ever encountered and we’re so proud to have them in our shop.”
While there’s already another Sweet Belongings shop in Corinth, Harvill hopes to open more all over the state. “We have a lot of people who are fighting human trafficking and it’s going to take us all. There’s not just our organization. It’s every organization that works against it. It’s wonderful.”