Local thrift store helps less fortunate

By Jen Wozniak
November 13, 2008

Shannon Keough

Old clothes to donate? Looking for some sweet deals? Consider going to a Salvation Army thrift store. One is located about 15 minutes away from Cabrini on Main Street in Norristown, Pa.

Discounted clothes, shoes, accessories, appliances, home decorations, furniture and more is what you will find upon entering a Salvation Army thrift store.

With the poor economy these days, more people may begin to look around for bargains as money gets tight. The Salvation Army works to provide a variety of goods to the community at bargain prices.

Rosie Carey, an employee at the Norristown store, said, “October is the busiest time for thrift stores, because of the change of seasons and people looking for warmer clothes.”

Carey explained that people of all ages shop at and donate to the Salvation Army. Although it may take some rooting around, students may be surprised to find some really great items.

“You can find some cute things and make your own style,” Erica Falvey, freshman elementary education major, said. “You can find good deals there.”

Falvey explained that she likes shopping at thrift stores for unique items and has recommended thrift stores to friends.

Shopping for clothes at thrift stores not your thing? Remember, you can get bargains on other items such as appliances, decorations and books. “I went with my mom a long time ago and she was buying antiques,” Mike McCarthy, freshman accounting major, said. “She donates my old clothes there all the time too.”

The Salvation Army is always accepting donations from people. That is how the store is kept running.

“My whole family cleans out the house every once in a while and donates there,” Dave Edenfield, junior studio art major, said. He said that his family has donated clothes, shoes and old toys.

The Salvation Army accepts mostly anything. The only things that they do not accept are major appliances, like refrigerators, and major children’s items, like cribs, because of recall.

“During the Christmas season, I usually see Salvation Army bins that I place donations in,” Sara Trzuskowski, junior elementary and special education, said.

The Christmas season is approaching and is a key time to donate. However, the store accepts donations on any day throughout the year.

The thrift store is just a small part of what the Salvation Army does. The Salvation Army is a Christian organization that has many programs and ways of helping

the less fortunate. They also have recovery programs that help people recover from drugs and alcohol for example.

Purchases from the Salvation Army stores directly fund the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center.

“This means that the bargains you find for yourself also helps others by reclaiming lives and healing families,” the Salvation Army Web site said.

If you can’t even shut your dresser drawers anymore, or have items laying around that you never use, you could consider donating to the Salvation Army.

Also, it may be a good idea to keep the Salvation Army in mind next time before you throw anything out, if you are looking for a discount or just searching for a distinct accessory or piece of clothing for a costume party. You could find something really unique.

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