The Community Thrift Store reopened and resumed regular hours. The shop has been closed for two weeks to undergo a makeover – its first in 20 years.
The project was completed by Dave Frerichs and Matt Paysen and funded by the Grant County Christian Service Council, which also operates the business. According to co- manager Julie Ludwig, the much-needed updates included new carpet and paint. Plus, unsold clothing was removed and donated to the Orphan Grain Train. All new merchandise will replace it.
The New Year is a great time to clean out your closet and donate items you no longer use. “Winter, especially after the holidays, is the time when we see the greatest need, Ludwig said.
The store is open Wednesday through Saturday, with new merchandise set out daily, but Wednesdays are big days Ludwig said, “the regulars line up at the door that day to get the good stuff.” One of the regulars went as far to say, “we are like a little family.”
“The most popular items are small appliances, dishes and utensils, lotions, sewing items, sheets, blankets and other linens, lamps, silk flowers, home decor, and items for men,” Ludwig said. “Although, our number one seller is clothing. We also sell a lot of toys.”
Val Cameron, who has managed the store with Ludwig since 2009, said items that are not accepted include tv’s, computers and monitors, printers, and fax machines. “If you aren’t sure she said, “give us a call.” The ideal donations are clean and in good condition. “Those with a strong odor of smoke or exhibiting excessive pet hair have to be discarded.” Also, although donations can be made during business hours and dropped off at the back door of the building, she cautioned people about leaving items on the back deck after hours. “Many of those items do not make it into the store.”
When you stop in, you most likely will be greeted by a volunteer. Over 60 volunteers help keep the shop running by manning the till, bagging purchases, assisting with pricing, and testing electronics and small appliances.
Proceeds go to the Christian Service Council, with all the money staying in Grant County to assist local families. The funds also provide support for the 60’s Plus Dining Program, Visiting Neighbors, and the community transit bus.
To ask a question or to volunteer, contact Julie or Val at the thrift store.