Thrift Shop Scraps – June 2019
“What is so rare as a day in June?” Didn’t Shakespeare say that? Well, it’s only the end of May as I write this and after 28 days of rain in April, I’m appreciating a rare, sunny day! I really don’t like to discuss weather – what can you do about it, anyway? But, the sun surely makes a difference.
I know I’ve given details about our “turnover days” at your thrift shop but I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned the Executive Board that has met monthly since we opened in 1994. So here goes! Director/Chairman was Mary G. (just recently retired from the board, still works Monday a.m. with Don). Treasurer was Gail N.; she and Reggie N. both worked Wednesdays in addition to Gail’s duties with the finances. Thelma and Harold B. both worked the whole four hours, in addition to Thelma’s chores with taking care of jewelry donations, her attention to assessing our antique donations. I was Secretary and worked 2 days during the week and the last Saturday of the month. As we grew (one thing that never changed was the low prices), Hilda R. became Mary’s cohort so Mary would have more time to devote. Also at that time, the Sweets, Tripps and Dolibers and Dickinsons all worked regular shifts. (We were closed for a couple of years while the Fellowship Hall was built along with the thrift shop which opened in 1994.) Things started changing while our minister was.
Dick Davies (after Harlow retired). Our Executive Board stayed the same, all changes in the shop from policies to prices to people were made by the board. Mary or Hilda would call all members and the majority ruled!
Our Chatham volunteers have been with us from the beginning – Jane T., Ellen S., Dolores C., Edith D. and so many more. Marguerite was another long timer as was Emma S. and many others – no more that I can remember at the present. Our Board now consists of Dolores Chase, John C., John A., Betty D. (Treasurer) and me. Mimi G. just retired, and she also did our antiques so beautifully. So, you can see how many people it takes to run our little shop (the number was 44 on my first list – I’m not sure of the number now). I forgot the big change that impacted us – Pam P. got the brilliant idea of adding 2 more p.m. hours to be open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday! And guess what? It added $13,000 to our church’s yearly budget – how about that, folks!!
In addition, Dot H. did all the staffing and she and Dick worked regular shifts and Dick took the thrift shop garbage to the dump. I didn’t mention another present-day hardworking couple – Bill B. (Thelma and Harold’s son) and Maryann who keep the place clean and replenish light bulbs and paper stuff and Maryann is doing a great job with jewelry. She sells some items that look promising on e-Bay, and if sold, that money is donated to the shop. Good deal, huh?
So you see, it takes a small army of hardworking volunteers to do it all. I’m sure there are so many I didn’t mention – just know how very much you are appreciated for your time and ideas and dedication. God bless you all!
Till next time – hope you all can worship with your church family.
THINGS I HAVE LEARNED
I’ve learned that children and grandparents are natural allies. (Age 46)
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. (Age 82)
I’ve learned that silent company is often more healing than words of advice. (Age 24)
I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it will elude you. But if you focus on your family, the needs of others, your work, meeting new people, and doing the best you can, happiness will find you. (Age 65)
I’ve learned that you can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk. (Age 7)
I’ve learned that wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers have followed me there. (Age 29)
I’ve learned that singing “Amazing Grace” can lift my spirit for hours. (Age 49)
I’ve learned that if you want to cheer yourself up, you should try cheering someone else up. (Age 13)
I’ve learned that it pays to believe in miracles. And to tell the truth, I’ve seen several. (Age 73)
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision. (Age 66)
I’ve learned that everyone can use a prayer. (Age 72)
I’ve learned that there are people who love you dearly but just don’t know how to show it. (Age 41)
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. (Age 92)