Ever wonder about the most popular items in the Family & Children’s Services Thrift Store? The results might surprise you.
According to store manager Alyssa O’Connor, women’s clothing is first, miscellaneous (appliances, artwork, dishes, etc.) is second, furniture is third and men’s clothing is fourth.
“I really think what sets our thrift store apart from others is we really make it a top priority to keep it clean and organized as well as great prices,” she said.
The approach is to have the store appear like any department store. “It’s important to have our customers see something that catches their attention and take pride in what we are offering them,” O’Connor said.
She and assistant store manager Tara Bjornson said the most immediate need for donations is men’s clothing, and all sizes are welcome.
“The thrift store in many ways has become a hub for people in the community and our clients to come in and find things that they need to make a fresh start,” O’Connor said.
New and gently used clothing without stains or odors is acceptable. Because of the thrift store’s mission to support F&CS programs, provide work and volunteer opportunities for F&CS and Women in Recovery (WIR) clients and give goods to F&CS clients in need, the importance of accepting the best items to help those in recovery make a fresh start is key.
For questions regarding donations, send an email to email@example.com. For donation pickup, fill out the donation form (located under the “Donate Your Goods” tab). Donation hours to drop off furniture are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For clothing and miscellaneous donations, the drop-off hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Donation hours for pickup are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Friday ONLY.
CONTINUING COVERAGE: F&CS Thrift Store sells goods, offers hope for WIR clients