Treasure Hunting at the Thrift Store
The Interfaith Thrift Store, located at 718 NW Pine Ave in Ocala, is a perfect place for the treasure seeker. One never knows what they will find strolling the isles of the store.
Roberta, a frequent shopper, says it’s one of her favorite weekly stops because you never know what the store gets in from day to day. “My favorite discovery has been a beautiful Chico necklace for $3… my husband can hardly complain about that!” Roberta often finds items for her husband too, who enjoys fishing and golf. Melissa, a single mom on a tight budget, says she enjoys picking up baby clothes for her toddler, and always manages to find a special something for herself as well.
Shannon Pickering, the Store Manager, enjoys working with her great team of volunteers that help sort and price new merchandise. Shannon said, “There’s always plenty to keep our volunteers busy.” Shannon believes the volunteer’s time is valuable, so she wants to make sure they feel appreciated and enjoy their work. To find out how to join the volunteers at the Thrift Store, contact Tina at (352) 629-8868 x210 for more information.
Proceeds from the sales at the Thrift Store go to fund the Emergency Prescription Program used by Interfaith’s main office. Thanks to the sales at the store, many clients seeking assistance receive life saving prescriptions for things such as diabetes, cancer and heart problems.
How do the treasures find their way to the store? Shannon and her crew often go to homes and pick up donations. You’ll find them unloading everything from washing machines to dining room sets at the store. Often, Shannon is called to pick up from estates where a loved one wants to donate household items. Donations can be dropped off Wednesday and Thursday 9am – 3pm and Saturdays 9am – 12pm. The store is open Monday – Saturday 9am-4pm.