Meredith Miracles Thrift Shop to re-open next week

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 12, 2019

The Meredith Miracles Thrift Shop is putting the final touches on their newly renovated building.

The charity purchased the building, which is known as the “old Social Security Office,” and began renovating it in April.

Executive director Kylie Spears said that the renovation has been great.

“We have had an amazing crew working with us,” Spears said. “The guys at Crossover Ministries have helped with the renovation, as well as Wyatt Sasser Construction.”

People around the city have donated several items to the thrift shop. as well.

“Not only have people donated items, but they have also donated their time,” Spears said. “The entire city has been so supportive with this renovation. It is amazing.”

Spears said that they decided to move from the old building that they were renting because it was time for an expansion.

“In the beginning stages of the thrift store, we knew that we wanted to expand at some point,” Spears said. “When the building owner told me that he wanted to sell the building, I knew that it was time to look for a bigger place.”

The new space on South Three Notch is 4,500 square feet, Spears said. In contrast, Meredith’s Miracles’ thrift store currently has approximately 975 square feet of usable area.

Spears said that several of the women that volunteer with the thrift store have been a big help with the move.

“Toni Douglas, the manager of the thrift shop and the ladies that volunteer have worked very hard this summer,” Spears said. “We have had to transfer everything from the old building to the new building. So, they have been hard at work sorting through everything. We closed the old building on June 14, and ever since then they have been working hard.”

The first goal Spears said the charity had was to expand the thrift store. Now, since that goal was achieved, Spears said that the goal is to operate all of their fundraisers from the building.

“With this new building and its larger size, we are able to put everything under one roof,” Spears said. “We have had to ask different businesses around town to donate storage for us. With Cookies with Characters, we had to store all of our stuff in a different location and with the Valentine’s store, we had to do the same. Now we can store all of our stuff in the new building.”

This year, the charity has already raised more $27,000 at the thrift store.

“The thrift store is one of our biggest fundraisers,” Spears said. “So, it is important that we have this store up and running. For anybody looking to help with the thrift store, there are several ways. You can donate, shop at the thrift store or volunteer your time. We also have a loading dock now, which will make things a lot easier for people donating large items.”

There are several people Spears would like to thank for making the move possible.

“First of all, I want to thank the people at Crossover Ministries and Wyatt Sasser Construction,” Spears said. “Without them, it would not have been possible. I want to thank our volunteers, Ann Smith, Lori Odom, Linda Scott, Emily Yehling, Joe Bush, Kay Bush, Billy Doster, Bridgette and Bruce Colbert, Briley and Brendon Dougle, Annaclaire Harper, Camron Johnson, Tyler Carnley and Jocelyn Bennett. I also want to thank our workers, assistant manager Ginger Spalding and manager Toni Douglas. I cannot say enough about how great the community has been.”

The Meredith Miracles Thrift Shop will have a grand re-opening Wed., July 17, at 11 a.m.

They will not accept donations until July 23.

Meredith’s Miracles provides assistance with non-medical expenses for families who must travel out-of-town for specialty medical care. The thrift store is one of its fundraising arms. It also raises money with its annual Cookies with Characters event, and its Valentine’s store, as well as a fish fry.