Auxiliary Thrift Shop business brisk at new location
Business has been brisk at the new location for the Thrift Shop operated by the Auxiliary of the Margaretville Hospital and Mountainside Residential Care Center.
The new Thrift Shop officially opened at its new location at 850 Main Street, Margaretville on Valentine’s Day. In a little more than month, the new shop has attracted a steady flow of customers — including many new ones.
Auxiliary President Sue Adams said the organization was initially worried about not having enough donations to fill the more spacious location, but that has not been a problem whatsoever.
“We have been blessed with so many donations, we're planning garage sales on the third Sunday in April and a few Sundays in May to sell the extra inventory,” she noted.
Sue noted that not only have donations been steady, but many of the items are very high quality. Because the new shop is more than 2,000 square feet (up 600+ square feet from the former location), there is also room for furniture to be sold.
The loft is dedicated as “men's section” and a portion also serves as an office for auxiliary volunteers. The shop has a dressing room as well.
The garage space adjacent to the shop has been the “saving grace,” Sue noted. This area allows for extra storage and has also become the display space books, shoes, dressers, tables and other non-clothing donations.
“The furniture and décor items are a big plus,” Sue added.
The other advantage of having additional space is that there's more room for items to be properly displayed.
“People think that it looks more like a shop than a thrift shop,” Sue explained. “I think that’s how it's supposed to be - our customers are worth it.”
One thing that has not changed in the new location is a commitment to offering goods that are in good shape. She pointed out that donations are screened before being put up for sale.
“We will maintain our policy of providing quality items, in good condition, at an affordable price,” stated Sue.
The Thrift Shop move was made necessary when the auxiliary learned that the Margaretville Masonic Hall was being sold. The organization wanted to remain in the village and the new location (approximately across from B&D Motors) was a viable option. Parking is also plentiful.
Sue said that business has been so steady that the shop sold more than $4,000 worth of merchandise in its first two weeks in its new location. In recent years, the shop has grossed an average of more than $50,000 annually.
The move has been positive in every respect, Sue explained. She said regular customers had no problem finding the shop and, in addition to new customers, and more people have become donors.
“The donors are thrilled to hear that all of our proceeds go to the hospital,” she remarked.
Sue also praised the work of the many volunteers who help staff the Thrift Shop, particularly chairperson, Lola Kurtzer.
“We count on many people to make the Thrift Shop a success and our volunteers give tirelessly to make this operation a success and Lola makes sure things work smoothly,” Sue commented.
The auxiliary has historically targeted its fund-raising efforts for various purchases, most often for medical equipment. The group iscurrently raising funds to purchase a new four-wheel-drive ambulance for the hospital.
Sue said the auxiliary is hopeful of completing that fund-raising pledge before the end of the year.
Along with the Thrift Shop, other fund-raisers include the third annual Dance-a-Thon on April 18 at Belleayre Mountain and the Antique and Flea Market on August 1, Fashion Show on October 3rd, Harvest Moon Ball October 24, the Spring and Holiday Fairs and a golf tournament with a date to be determined.
The Thrift Shop is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering time to work at the Thrift Shop is welcome to stop in and see Lola or call 845 586-3737.