Following an onslaught of support during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Community Thrift Shop on Main Street in Cedaredge reached out with the desire to thank the surrounding community. That thanks comes generally from the board of directors and management of the secondhand store, according to a press release provided to the DCI.
While the pandemic did initially close the Community Thrift Shop for two to two and a half months, “the people have been great” since it reopened. “Not only lots of purchases but donations beyond believe,” the press release said.
As the thrift shop continues to operate steadily, it also wanted to remind the community that it could always use more volunteers, as it is open full time. With that, an open invitation stands. Anyone interested in volunteering at all is invited to come in and talk it over.
“Maybe all the time you have is a three hour shift once a month. That’s OK,” the press release stated. “We can always use help.” The work would be straightforward. Volunteer work includes hanging clothing, putting out household items and organizing shoes. Anyone who feels comfortable running the cash register can be trained accordingly as well.
The Community Thrift Shop has been a part of the Cedaredge community for over 60 years at this point. It opened in the 1950s at the Cedaredge Community United Methodist Church as a way to help migrant workers who came to pick fruit in the fall. For a few months each fall, it operated out of the church’s basement for that purpose.
From there, the store operations continued to grow, and with that, the hours of operation did as well. Gradually, it came to operate full time and began supporting not only migrant workers, but also community members who were in need of some help.
There, in the church’s basement, the Community Thrift Shop remained in operation for over 50 years until it moved to Main Street only six years ago.
The Community Thrift Shop’s anniversary celebration is always the weekend following Thanksgiving, and that celebration always comes with “lots of specials.”
For now, the summer weather is notably beginning to take a back seat to make room for fall, and the Community Thrift Shop is transitioning their clothing items accordingly this week. It invites the community to come in and check out the fall selection.
Anyone interested in volunteering with the Community Thrift Shop can stop in and talk to the volunteers who are there at the time.
“We’d love to have you come and join us,” the press release stated. “We have lots of fun!”
The Community Thrift Shop is open for business from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays.