Grafton Salvation Army to celebrate National Thrift Store Day


GRAFTON—Many individuals enjoy searching through others’ previously owned items to find their next treasure, either through yard sales or visiting their favorite thrift shop, and on Monday, residents across the nation will celebrate this act during National Thrift Store Day.

During this specially designated day, big nonprofit chains, as well as local thrift outlets, participate in sales that encourage veteran thrift shopper and new customers to visit their locations and find some bargains.

While these stores and shops offer deeper deals on merchandise on the regular, this special day will increase those discounts even further.

Locally, the Grafton Salvation Army will be welcoming folks to search through their merchandise at their Salvation Army Family Store to find their next favorite purchase during National Thrift Store Day, held Monday, August 17.

“Typically, our store is not open on Mondays, but we didn’t want our customers to miss out on this exciting event, so we decided to open our doors and welcome shoppers to scour our inventory,” said Grafton Salvation Army Captain Denise “Dee” Stewart. “Not only do we have great deals every other day of the year, but on Monday, in honor of the national ‘holiday,’ we will be offering some specials.”

During the day, shoppers will be able to take part in hourly discounts and specials, including give-a-ways, bag sale specials and buy-one-get-one events.

“We have a good selection of inventory that has been looked over by our workers to ensure it meets the quality guidelines set forth by our corporate office,” revealed Stewart. “We are sure that there is something for everyone.”

Because there are millions of people all over the world who love to bargain hunt for treasures and who love to find an item to refurbish at a great price, the Salvation Army does their part to help keep various items in stock at their locations.

“These items have been donated through the generosity of community members,” Stewart noted. “Our community has been great with donating to the store, and we are extremely grateful for that.”

The monies collected from purchases at the store are used to pay the store’s overhead, including paying the employees, rent, utilities and fees to the state, just to name a few.

“Once all of the overhead is taken care of, if we have a profit, that money is rolled into our social services programs, which include utility and food assistance,” Stewart reported. “And because of the pandemic, we have definitely seen an increase in both of those areas.”

While the charitable organization had hoped for more of a celebration for National Thrift Store Day, the current pandemic put a pause on some of their plans.

“We had originally hoped to serve hotdogs, chips and drinks to shoppers, but we decided that in light of the current situation, it would be better to not serve food. Hopefully, next year we will be able to celebrate with goodies for the community,” Stewart commented.

She added that she thinks that it will be a great day to search out bargains for the whole family, in spite of the changes.

So, if you are a bargain shopper, be sure to head out to the Grafton Salvation Family Store, located in Greene’s Plaza in Blueville, on Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., to find your next treasure.

“We hope that everyone comes out, visits with us and has a great time,” Stewart imparted. “And don’t forget, thrifting is uplifting!”

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