Staffed entirely by volunteers, stocked completely with donated goods, and with all proceeds going to feed and clothe needy families in the area, Open Arms Thrift Store is on a mission to aid. The shop opened up this Monday and store manager Wayne Hughey is excited about getting involved in the Easley community.
The store is located at 107 E. 1st Ave, in the old Hospice thrift shop building. And although the volunteers are still in the process of setting things up, Hughey wants everyone to know that they are “absolutely open for business.” There is a sister store in Piedmont, and Hughey is optimistic about other stores in the surrounding area opening up in the future.
According to Hughey, the merchandise for sale comes from a variety of sources; direct donations, overstock, out of season goods from local businesses, and even contents from unclaimed storage lockers have been all been donated. Hughey is hopeful to soon have donation drop off boxes placed around town. Open Arms will also go and pick up large items that may be difficult for people to deliver.
Volunteer Pamela Park is enthusiastic about helping out where ever she can. “People need to band together as a community to help others that may be in a bad spot,” Park stated, “Most everyone has been in a position where they need a little extra support at some point in their life.”
The store is part of Pelzer Church of G-d, under the direction of Senior Pastor Jonathan “Jonny” Hodges. All proceeds from the store go to their food ministry which is held every Tues. from 6-8p.m. at the Family Life Center.
“We feed anywhere from 800 to 1,000 families a month,” said Hughey, “it’s just great to be able to be involved in something like this.”
Donations are currently being accepted during regular business hours, Mon.-Fri. 9-5 p.m. For more information on donating, or for volunteer information please call Open Arms Thrift Store at (864) 832-9430.