Bargains galore at the Thrift Shop -August 2019

by: Lucy Turnipseed

photography by: Nicole Harnishfeger

Shelves stocked with old books. Linen sheets. Glassware enough to stock a restaurant. A single plastic mannequin. Countless miniature bells. A pair of nearly-new Jimmy Choo shoes, priced at only $30, snatched up almost immediately. Great finds.

“We are the ultimate recycling agent on the island,” Hospital Thrift Shop volunteer and board president Brenda Williams said.

The gift room displays china, lamps and artwork near the front of the shop.

The thrift shop opened for the season May 13, completely full. When it closes Oct. 18, it will most likely be completely empty. In July, every shelfspace, rack, basket, bin and wall held goods that people could not wait to poke through.

“We have shoppers who come every day, sometimes twice a day, because they know we’re always putting out new things,” manager Mary Casey said.

The thrift shop’s hallmark is offering interesting finds at drastically-reduced prices, Casey said. The shop sells clothing, art, furniture and knick-knacks at prices as low as 25 cents.

One night in June, with rain coming down, several people were waiting in line before the doors even opened for the thrift shop’s twice-weekly evening hours. It was an unusual time of day for the store to be open and less-than-ideal shopping weather. The customers were just eager to get into the thick of it.

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