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Saturday, July 27, 2013 12:00 AM



Geee-maa-neee! As I sit down to write this article, it will be Christmas five months from today. Holy smokes how the time does fly by. Yes, I say sheepishly, I have actually started making a list of what to get for those on my list. It all started when I happened to stop by one of the craft stores two weeks ago and they were almost done putting out the Christmas stuff. The shelves were stocked full, I tell you.


On another subject, I should tell you that a week ago, my son-in-law had his 10th and we hope final surgery stemming from his horrific accident last August. He’s doing well and we hope that he can get back to work in about four more weeks. The doctors have all been amazed by his progress, although it will still take three to four years for the brain to completely heal. We are blessed and look forward to the holidays. Don’t get me wrong; I am not rushing the holidays. I like summer too well to do that.


Speaking of summer, it’s the end of it at the Thrift Shop this weekend. After the huge 25-cent sale this week, we will make the transititon from summer items to the fall and winter selections.

School shopping was in full swing with shoppers getting the last of the summer shorts and shirts and shoes. Don’t forget, with the big change-over happening, you’ll still find some great items for school and work the next time you shop; they’ll just be fall and winter items instead of summer.

There’s still a nice selection of school book bags and back-packs. Also, if you’re needing school uniforms, there’s a nice rack with all sizes. The selection of men’s ties is also huge at this time.

Be sure to stop in during shopping hours, which are 5-7 p.m. Thursdays; 1-4 p.m. Fridays; and 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

I love to pass on ideas that customers have chatted to us about. Some of the ideas we were told about came from Pinterest, which is a great and crazy site on the Internet with all sorts of neat ideas for just about everything you can think of. One idea was to take three different size wine glasses, turn them stem side up and paint the bowl of each one orange like a pumpkin. Tie fall ribbons or raffia to the stems and set a tea light or small candle on the flat base. Grouped together this makes a great inexpensive, colorful centerpiece for your table, and you can do it for any occasion. Think of the possibilities.

Someone else said she was collecting all sizes and shapes of wine glasses for the tables at her daughter’s wedding and was going to tie cute little ribbons in the wedding colors onto the stems of them. This will be beautiful and elegant and the best part — inexpensive. Most of the stemware in the Housewares Department is 25 cents. Stop in and browse and let your own unique creativity flow. Have a craft night with friends and let the fun begin.

A shopper shared a very moving testament with us. She wrote: “I have been a single mother for five years, working full time and attended college. I do not receive child support, so money can be tight. I have found, however, that when I am in need, God finds a way to fulfill those needs. I recently found a new job that required professional clothing, of which I had none. Off I went to the Thrift Shop where I found clothes that more than met my expectations. I don’t find it necessary to have a lot of anything but I did find I needed a pair of beige shoes to match a couple of the outfits I had found at the Thrift Shop. The next Friday, I came in and found a pair of beige Naturalizer dress sandals that go perfect with my outfits. They were $3 in the Boutique. It is called Abundance and I think of it as God’s stock market. Seek and ye shall find. Sometimes what we want isn’t what we need. But God knows what we need and The Interfaith Thrift Shop is a place God works through. Thank you to all of you that volunteer your time and effort at this wondrous place! Through all of you many things become possible!”

Our hearts were warmed by her words because the mission of the Thrift Shop is to help those in need.

If you know of someone that needs assistance, please call or have them call us at 419-692-2942.

Love is a verb; an action verb. Let us walk as Jesus walked.

Last Updated on Friday, July 26, 2013 11:31 PM

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