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Monday, January 28, 2013 10:46 AM



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DELPHOS — Whether shopping for clothing to supplement an existing wardrobe, toys for visiting grandchildren, additional CDs for a music collection or a unique seasonal item, shoppers from near and far search through the quaint treasure trove at the Interfaith Thrift Store for unbeatable deals.

Walking in the front door and looking left, the Boutique boasts an eclectic selection of jewelry, finer leather goods, name-brand clothing and collectible dolls and glassware. To the right, the Seasonal Department has a display of shimmering, red-hot Valentine’s Day decor. Moving through the store, there are structured departments, including men’s and women’s wear; girls’, boys’ and baby clothing; school uniforms, shoes, housewares, hardware and media.

Kindergarten teacher Donna Illig, a Delphos resident, shops the “Delphos Mall,” one of the endearing names the volunteers have given to the store, every Thursday. She normally arrives after the shop has opened its doors but she would not mind if she had to wait because she loves the selection of the gently-used career-wear clothing which supplements her existing wardrobe.

She is well aware of the vital role the proceeds from sales play in the community and believes that it is a win-win situation. When asked about the social role the Thrift Store plays in the community of shoppers, Illig explained her experience.

“I used to volunteer here before I went back to work,” Illig reminisced. “Now, I see the customers I waited on, my friends and the people I worked with every time I shop.”

The Thrift Shop continues to draw folks from an ever-broadening perimeter.


Some patrons like Myron Fridley, who lives in Middle Point, don’t mind the extra drive time. He’s been making the trip to Delphos several times a month for more than three years to buy CDs, clothing and items for his home. As a matter of fact, the attire he wore while perusing through music media was all bought from the store’s men’s department. Fridley really likes the cleanliness of the store and feels that it, as well as the prices, is the best of any thrift shop around.


The tough economic climate has many people scrambling to do more with less and that is what draws people like Fridley to the store.

“You have to live within your means. I wanted a black leather motorcycle jacket but they are expensive, around $200,” Fridley mused. “I found one here for $15 and you can’t beat that!”

Some customers enjoy the benefits of taking their love of “garage sale-ing” indoors during the winter months.

Mary Baker of Vaughnsville travels 20 minutes to Delphos once a month to find clothing and shoes for herself and toys for her grandson. On a social level, Baker sees neighbors from her hometown shopping alongside her for deals at the store. During the winter months, to fulfill that garage sale “fix”, Baker enjoys sharing some quality time shopping with her daughter at the store. Her daughter and her husband shop here once a month.

“It’s a great place to shop and very affordable,” Baker explained as she tried on a pair of shoes. “I like donating miscellaneous items. It [the store’s proceeds] helps out the community a lot.”

Another pleasant aspect of shopping at the Thrift Store is that the workers are very cordial. Each graciously volunteer their time week after week and love what they do for both the customer and the community. There’s no sales pitch, haggling or commission-based selling. Just super-friendly folks with a zest for humanity.

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