Shelves at the Community Thrift Store on Cares Drive sit empty after Christmas, the sluggish economy and winter storms.
The Pickens County Community Thrift Store was already feeling the pinch of families still reeling from Christmas debt and an unfriendly economy. Then came the “White Christmas snows” followed by the post-Christmas ice storms that locked down the area for days.
“This after-Christmas period is traditionally a slow season for donations,” explained Thrift Store founder Don Russell. “But factor in the economy and the weather and our intake is way down.”
Clean out…a cure for winter blues:
With more of winter’s freezing winds just around the corner, the need for warm clothing has never been greater. Russell suggests that this might be a good time to clean out the attic or closets, bag up those items people have been meaning to get rid of, and bring them to the Thrift Store. “If people have items they mean to donate, the time to do it is right now,” he emphasized.
Store still offers a good selection of bargains:
The Thrift Store’s shelves and hanging racks still have a good selection of clothing and household goods, but it may take the customer a little more digging than usual to find that perfect treasure. “We need to get the store back to its usual well-stocked condition,” Don explained.
In addition to providing clothing and household goods to the needy, the store’s all-volunteer staff has generated over $2.2 million in grants given to Pickens County non-profit organizations. Anyone wishing to join the volunteers will be warmly welcomed.
The Pickens County Community Thrift Store is across from Good Samaritan Wellness Center, just north of Dairy Queen on Highway 53. The store is open for shoppers from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The dock will be open to accept donations Monday through Saturday. Helpers will be available to unload donations and issue tax receipts from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on those days. Because the store is a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations of money or goods are tax-deductible.