Salvation Army to reopen thrift store

9/26/2013

By SCOTT AUST

By SCOTT AUST

saust@gctelegram.com

After a two-month renovation project, the Salvation Army will celebrate the grand reopening of the Thrift Store, 203 N. Eighth St., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Following a 10:15 a.m. ribbon cutting, the celebration will include refreshments, door prizes, a grand prize drawing for a $50 Salvation Army Thrift Store gift certificate, 20 percent off all clothing and other specials throughout the day.

"Our hope is that the Thrift Store will become a shopping destination and the community's choice when it comes to selecting where to donate their gently pre-owned clothing, furniture and household goods," Lt. Jeff Curran, commanding officer of the Salvation Army in Garden City, said. "In turn, the store will provide an even stronger foundation of support for our ministries."

The thrift store provides useful, donated furniture, clothing for both children and adults, household items, electronics, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, books and more to the public at an affordable price. Net profits help fund The Salvation Army's various ministries that serve Finney County.

The roughly $130,000 renovation, which took place between June and August, installed new roof support beams, a drop ceiling, new counters and paint, and removed an interior wall.

"It's beautiful. It spruced it up, but it also gives us more space," Robert DeLeon, community center director, said. "That's going to be great because we'll have more selling space, more room to get our product out. We get a lot of great donations from the community, and sometimes it was difficult to rotate it. Now, it's going to be a lot easier to rotate them in and out."

The thrift store's hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Donations still will be accepted in the alley behind the building. DeLeon urged people to drop off items during business hours.

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