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Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 AM

Another Canal Days in the books. Thanks to a great committee for their hard work. I, along with throngs of other people, enjoyed the great atmosphere. I took vacation days just to be able to partake of the whole scene. I got to do everything I wanted from the Toast to the City to the Antique Tractor show to the Quilt Show to the Pet Parade and Water Ball fight to Basket Bingo, and of course the fair food, the Art Show and all the various other activities in between. I was worn out as was my little grandson. The way he squealed with delight though on the rides was well worth it and put a smile on our faces.


Speaking of smiles, people were delighted with the Halloween Shop that was developed and decorated after the Thrift Shop purchased the Lehmann building adjacent to our building.


Someone told me they were having their annual Halloween party for their son and his class and she was able to find tons of decorations to set around and to hang to set the atmosphere for the party.

The Halloween and fall items will be moved into the front area of the Thrift Shop itself this next week, and the new building will next be featuring the Christmas Shop — everything Christmas.

It will take a week or so to put all the items out so be sure to keep checking on the progress.

Also, speaking of progress, plans have been finalized, the storage building at the rear of the Thrift Shop has been moved and everything is in readiness to put a doorway in that will allow patrons to go through to the new building from inside the current Thrift Shop instead of having to leave and re-enter from outside. That will be very nice, especially with the cold weather coming.

I for one can’t wait to see everything the Christmas Shop will house. I got a sneak peek in the back the other day — unbelievable and beautiful — I’m excited!

Tomorrow is the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Our volunteers have been so dedicated. Some have been helping for more than 30 years. The board wants all the volunteers to know just how much their countless hours of sorting, tagging, hanging and rearranging have meant. We hope everyone enjoys this time of fellowship, fun and our treat to dinner. We are so blessed to have you in our lives.

If you’d like to be a volunteer in any capacity, please call the Thrift Shop at 419-692-2942. We need morning sorters as well as shopping hours cashiers and baggers.

I recently heard someone say they can’t wait until they retire because that’s what she wants to do — volunteer in the community and at the Thrift Shop. We’re waiting for you. The Lord was a servant, and God made us to be like Him. Do you walk as Jesus walked?

For the avid hunters and outdoorsmen, all of our hunting gear and heavy flannels are now out on the floor. Be sure to check those out. It’s orange and camouflage season.

At the board meeting, it was decided to hold some surprise sales in the various departments. Make sure you stop in often to take advantage of those special sales. I would try to let you know when exactly each sale is but even I don’t know. It’s a surprise — it’s fun — so go often. We look forward to seeing you.

Get your sweaters, suits and sparkly holiday attire. Boots, coats, mittens, scarves and gloves for playing outdoors are ready for your shopping pleasure. With September over and the much cooler nights, we can only surmise what’s coming. It’s that four letter word that begins with “S”. Yikes!

First, though, let’s enjoy the fall colors, sounds and smells of Fall and the harvest. I’m thinking pumpkin pie, cookies or cake would make the house smell just great. Or, if you’re not into baking, stop in the Thrift Shop and get a pumpkin spice candle — we have those (and it’s not near the work).

Until the next time, that’s this month’s report.

Last Updated on Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:15 AM

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