Beginning today, the Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store will celebrate its one-year anniversary. The celebration is a three-day event, which ends Saturday.
“We’re (going to) have snacks for everybody,” store manager Barbara Jo Sterrett said.
There will be finger foods and beverages. The store will be decorated with balloons and signs expressing gratitude for the customers, Sterrett said.
The thrift store is currently collecting cards from customers for a prize drawing. A box sits at the front of the store where customers can fill out their names and phone numbers. During the anniversary celebration, two names will be drawn each day, and winners will receive $50 gift certificates to the thrift store.
The thrift store runs sales around tags every week. All items, except for jewelry, electronics and furniture, are marked with red, white and blue tags. Each week, one of the three colors is set apart for a sale. Items marked with tags featuring the color of the week are 40 percent off. On Wednesday, they are three for the price of one, and on Saturday they are 70 percent off. Jewelry, electronics and furniture items decrease in price based on how long they’ve been in the store, Sterrett said.
During the celebration, the thrift store will offer additional sales, Sterrett said.
Over the past year, the thrift store, which is located in Woodson’s Mall, has sold second-hand goods to the community.
“We are serving well over 500 customers every week,” Sterrett said.
However, the primary mission of the thrift store is to support the ministry of the Shepherd’s Home. Its profits go to the Shepherd’s Home. The Shepherd’s Home is a Christ-centered ministry that helps women overcome addiction. Five of the women who are part of the Shepherd’s Home ministry currently work at the thrift store.