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Hosparus Thrift Shoppe raises $105,000

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As our nation still struggles with the lingering effects of the worst recession since The Great Depression, consumers remain weary of sticker shock and high-end department store prices. Many are turning to thrift shops and some even call it a hobby – thrifting.

It appears that along with the popularity of these shops, friendly service and great prices never go out of style. Last year, the Hosparus Thrift Shoppe netted more than $105,000 – the most in its history. Proceeds from the Shoppe benefit local patients and families. It doesn’t hurt that the Shoppe recently expanded to three times its former size sporting 9,000 square feet of gently used wares from clothing to electronics to furniture.

 “We can’t thank the community enough for supporting us. Whether they shop with us regularly, drop in occasionally or donate items, it all adds up and we sincerely appreciate it,” said Moira Taylor, Thrift Shoppe supervisor. “In addition to our expansion, we built on our success from 2012 by continuing to do simple things like sending thank you notes to our regular donors and offering frequent shopper cards.”

The Shoppe, open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, in Helmwood Plaza in Elizabethtown, accepts donations of gently used clothing and home items. Thrift Shoppe volunteers greet customers, organize merchandise and operate the cash register among other duties.