|The Thrift Store: Plethora of merchandise and friendly service|
|Friday, December 13, 2013 9:14 PM|
BY STEPHANIE GROVES
Volunteer Coordinator Barb Haggard said donations of Christmas items have increased due to the public knowing about the annex — which is a specialty shop which, over the course of the year, will host a variety of commodities geared toward holidays and special occasions. Haggard said the expansion has increased their bottom line by 25 percent and shoppers, now have a plethora of quality merchandise to purchase.
“At this time of the year, people are going through their Christmas items and downsizing or replacing decorations,” Haggard reasoned. “Some kids have just a little bit of money and here, they can buy Mom, Dad or their grandparents something special.”
Haggard said the shop has seen 40-50 artificial Christmas trees this season. She said any of them that could not be put together or the lights were not working were sent to Hohenbrink’s to be refurbished and then donated to The Delphos Community Christmas Project.
She said both St. John’s and Jefferson school’s have been instrumental in acquiring donations for the shop.
“We just received a huge donation from St. John’s coat drive and Jefferson is doing a food drive for our Social Services Pantry,” Haggard said with delight.
While shopping Thursday night, Lima resident Yvonne White looked at watches and jewelry in the Boutique. She said she was shopping for clothing for her and the grandkids, housewares, “basically anything and everything.”
“The Lima Mall has nothing on them [Thrift Shop],” she said. “I wish we had as nice a shop in Lima as you do here.”
Ada residents Mary and Willie Owsley perused the housewares looking for glassware and ceramic figurines to purchase.
“We come to the shop a couple of times a week,” the Owsleys said.
Meanwhile, over in the Christmas Shop, among all the wreaths and holiday decor, President of the Board Carol Cunningham was busy pricing Christmas merchandise. She said they have Christmas and New Year’s “sparkly” attire, including dresses, slacks, ladies suits, blouses and sweaters.
“We have lots of stuff,” Cunningham said amusingly. “We’re so loaded, we’ve almost exploded!”
Delphos resident Nancy Surles said she came into the annex to look around, “budget shop” and search for snowman collectibles.
“My whole kitchen is snowmen and the holiday shirts they have here are great,” Surles said excitedly.
Workers in the Christmas Shop, Darla Rahrig and Marge Kaverman, said business had been very steady all evening.
“There’s been a steady stream of happy shoppers looking for and finding bargains,” Rahrig said.
“Even though it’s been cold, the patrons have been really jolly,” Kaverman grinned.