The Community Thrift Shop in Milbank officially opened its new addition today, September 27. This morning, as every Wednesday, shoppers were lined down the block, ready to bag some bargains. They also were excited to finally get a glimpse of the changes inside.
The store’s addition not only expanded its footprint, but it also succeeded in opening up the space. Dennis Adelman and Tom Bylander did the majority of the construction and Ken and Julee Hermans did most of the finish work during the remodel.
The thrift shop has been at the same location at 230 S. Main — often referred to as the JC Penney building — for many years, but in March 2023, the Grant County Christian Service Council purchased the adjacent building to the south from Coester-Schwandt Law Office. The property became available when Jackson Schwandt moved his office to the Grant County Courthouse to continue his duties as states attorney, and Bill Coester moved his practice to Enemy Swim.
Manager Julie Ludwig was excited to show off the new addition. She said, “We already have a lot of Halloween items in, and we are still moving things around to decide what works best.” Ludwig has been involved with the thrift shop for over 15 years. She now has nine employees and over 30 volunteers. She believes clothing sits at the top of the list for the store’s best-selling items, but says, decor, seasonal items, and toys are always a big hit, too.
The Community Thrift Store of Milbank appreciates donations of gently used clothing, housewares, vintage items, decor, and more. They are not able to accept large appliances and furniture.
Ludwig says, “New items are put on display daily.” Stop in often to uncover unique treasures and budget-friendly household goods at great prices. Proceeds go to fund projects spearheaded by the Grant County Christian Service Council.
Thrift Shop Hours:
Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.