By David Rogers. June 19, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — There is something about that moment when the broad red ribbon is snipped in two with those huge ceremonial scissors that often stirs two emotions: unbridled jubilation and a sigh of relief.
With certainty, the hard-working members of the Blowing Rock Women’s Club experienced both emotions Wednesday morning in celebrating their new Village Thrift shop’s grand opening. Unbridled joy in that their vision has come to fruition, and perhaps a sigh of relief that the transition to a “year ’round rummage sale” to support their college scholarship program is near at hand.
Over Memorial Day weekend last month, the Women’s Club again raised over $15,000 in the still growing organization’s 3rd Annual Rummage Sale, hosted at the American Legion Building. They netted over $15,000 last year and pushed that amount in their 2017 debut.
“The main inspiration for Village Thrift,” explained co-chair Elaine Crowell to Blowing Rock News after the ceremony, “is that so many people in the community were distressed by the closing of the old Budget Box. That shop had been a staple here for recycling, shopping and donating. The Women’s Club realized that maybe we could fill that void. We considered it for a couple of years and now our membership has grown to the point where we are big enough to staff the shop. We decided to go for it.
Crowell hinted that over time, in operating year ’round the Village Thrift will replace the club’s annual Rummage Sale as essentially the same activity and service to the community, but without the intensity of an annual weekend event.
“We have been blessed by the generosity of so many people,” Crowell added, “who have donated wonderful and useful items that are still in very good, gently used condition. Some are pretty. Some are functional. Some are creative. We want these things out where people can buy them and enjoy them, all year long.
“We accept all kinds of donations of things people no longer want or need that are just filling up space in a closet or garage,” continued Crowell, “except that we cannot take appliances or electronic items like computers or TVs. We can take anything household, decorative, clothing, books, baby stuff, sports…just about anything except appliances or electronic goods.”
The sign on the entry door clearly states that Village Thrift is open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm from Wednesday through Saturday each week.
“Folks can drop off items during those hours,” Crowell said. “Or if that isn’t workable, then go on our Facebook page or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements to meet us or for us to pick items up.”