Senior Center Thrift Store gets a facelift
BERRYVILLE -- The Carroll County Senior Center Thrift Store has received a much-needed facelift, its operators say.
The store is under new management, Green Forest residents Bonnie and Jesse Roedinger, and the two have reorganized the store to make for a friendlier and easier shopping experience.
They took on the task after a friend told them about the store and encouraged them to make it a better place. When the Roedingers came to the store they saw it was in vast need of improvements, they said, and they decided to take on the challenge.
Since Nov. 5, when they took over management, they have expanded the store floor by making use of additional space, re-arranged the shelving and items for sale, redecorated and moved the cash registers to the storefront so they could meet and greet customers as they come in.
"We want to have a friendly atmosphere for the people when they come to shop," Bonnie said. "We also want a nice, clean and neat area for all of our items."
There is a new section in the thrift store that is dedicated to children's toys. A book area has been rearranged and prices have been reduced.
Also, Carroll Electric Cooperative Corp. has pledged to fund a special project that will build dressing rooms for the thrift store.
"We encourage our employees to put back into the community for Christmas time and this is one of the projects that some of our employees are taking part in," said Nancy Plagee, director of corporate communications at Carroll Electric. The project should be completed by Dec. 14.
"This is a big asset -- people will actually be able to try on the clothes to ensure they fit," said Bonnie. "No one likes to buy a shirt and get home to realize it doesn't fit. Since we have a 'no-return' policy, the new dressing room will allow the opportunity to try it on and not be stuck with shirt that doesn't fit."
For the holidays, a Christmas section has been added. Wrapping paper, decorations and tree ornaments are just some of the items for sale. A card section has cards for all occasions, including Christmas, and is for sale for 25 cents. There is also a section dedicated to seniors, which includes walkers, health aides and exercise equipment.
Tuesday is seniors' day, and all senior citizens will receive 10 percent off all items in the store.
"We want to have a little something for everyone," Bonnie said.
The thrift store's hours have also changed; Monday through Friday the store is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Store hours were extended on Saturday, Dec. 1 until 7 p.m. because of the Berryville Christmas Parade -- hot cider was provided to all who entered the store.
"We want to stay open later so that cold people can come in and warm up with a cup of hot cider," Bonne said. "This way they have a warm place to wait and shop while the parade makes its way through town."
A live, Christmas window display is provided by Berryville High School EAST Lab students to raise awareness for the thrift store.
"There are so many thrift stores in Berryville and not many people know about this one," said freshman Jaiden Tedder. "This store has a really good message and we want people to know about it."
The thrift store's main purpose is to raise money for Meals on Wheels, a program from the Carroll County Senior Activity Center that provides a free, daily hot meal to seniors. Meals on Wheels is for Carroll County seniors who do not have transportation to come to the senior center to get their free or discounted meals. Purchases from the thrift store pay for the meals and the transportation to get them across the county.
The store accepts all donations and if someone's items are not good for sale, they are donated to ministries that give them to the needy, Bonnie said.
The thrift store has a volunteer staff but they are still looking for more to fill different shifts. If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, donate items or learn more about the Meals on Wheels program, call 870-929-6280 or 870-929-6280.