We are proud to say that over the last 20 years, we have provided more than one million dollars’ worth of free merchandise to people in need. 

Learn more about us and our mission. 

Box with donations


Basic Needs Action Team was established in 1996 to determine how to meet the needs of the disadvantaged within the community. It was decided that a community-based thrift store should be opened, where the general public could donate their gently used goods for resale.

Basic Needs Inc. of South Washington County applied for and received non-profit status [IRS 501 (c) (3)]. Stone Soup Thrift shop opened on September 7th, 1997.

During 2016, Stone Soup provided voucher assistance to those lacking the funds to purchases basic household goods, furniture and clothing. The vouchers allow Stone Soup to provide these goods at no cost. These donations helped community churches and other agencies, along with over 300 children and over 400 adults.

2021 brings a new store name, Basic Needs Thrift Shop.

Image of a shopper at the Basic Needs store


Basic Needs Inc of South Washington County dba Basic Need Thrift Shop EARNS CHARITIES REVIEW

St Paul Park, MN 55071— Basic Needs Inc of South Washington County dba Stone Soup Thrift Shop recently received Charities Review Council’s Meets Standards® seal, a visual marker on nonprofit strength. Nonprofit organizations, such as Stone Soup Thrift Shop earn the Meets Standards® seal by voluntarily participating in Charities Review Council’s Accountability Wizard® review process. The only web-based product of its kind, the Accountability Wizard® is a time-tested tool, elevated by nationally recognized capacity building practitioners and philanthropic thought leaders. The Accountability Wizard® is based on Charities Review Council’s 25 Accountability Standards®, a balance of nonprofit sector promising practices, public expectations, and legal requirements, representing the shared expectations between donors and nonprofits. The review process examined four key areas: Public Disclosure, Governance, Financial Activity, and Fundraising. As a result, Stone Soup Thrift Shop has aligned its practices, policies and procedures to widely accepted standards of accountability, leading them to greater strength, efficacy and to the achievement of the Meets Standards® seal. By participating in the Accountability Wizard® review process, Stone Soup Thrift Shop demonstrates responsibility, integrity and transparency to donors as well as the general public. 

Basic Needs Inc of South Washington County dba Stone Soup Thrift Shop’s full review report is available online at www.smartgivers.org, and the organization will also be listed in Charities Review Council’s bi-annual Smart Giver Newsletter. 

For more information about Stone Soup Thrift Shop, call 651-458-9786, email us stonesoupthrift@yahoo.com

Executive DIRECTOR

MEET OUr Executive Director

Vickie Snyder is the current Executive Director of Basic Needs. Vickie served as the Board President previously. Vickie has had a successful career in the biomedical services industry and is currently thrilled to be able to give back to the community.

Vickie was 2017 Volunteer of the Year:

We are proud that Vickie was recognized for her efforts to work hard toward making this place run more like a business. She oversees the operation of the thrift shop and helps plan its fundraisers, including the Stone Soup-er Bowl, Burgers and Brews and a fashion show. 

My Cottage Grove: Vickie Snyder, Stone Soup Thrift Shop Volunteer



Name Email Position
Joanna Doctor Harris
Store Manager

Julie Huffcutt

Volunteer Coordinator
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