An Old Shop Made New Again

An Old Shop Made New Again

article courtesy of Leslie Borasi, photos courtesy of Judy Pinney of Trinity, Folsom

Trinity Episcopal Church, Folsom's popular Trinity Thrift Shop debuts a new, remodeled look in 2012. More than 1,000 volunteer hours were contributed in the past month to refurbish and refresh the interior of the charming Victorian that has housed racks of nearly-new and gently-used clothing and household items since 1963.

Demolition, painting, installing sheetrock and flooring were just a few of the activities that volunteers carried out to give a new look to this shop as it nears its 50th-anniversary year at its Old Folsom location. All of the building supplies needed throughout the remodel, including the purchase and installation of new carpeting, were donated by generous parishioners.

Serving the community by offering quality clothing and goods at bargain prices, the shop radiates a boutique atmosphere. After hosting a year-end clearance mega sale, the shop has been restocked with fresh merchandise, still offered at bargain prices. An already popular addition includes a rack of vintage clothing.

It’s the all-volunteer staff that makes the extremely low prices possible for the high quality merchandise. More than 35 volunteers - several have been helping for 10, 15 and even 25 years - keep the shop open four days a week and one Sunday each month. The shop continues to serve a very broad customer base, including young families and many on fixed incomes.

“We are here to do good deeds for our community by providing great deals, whether it’s clothing for babies, young children and teens, career wear or something for that special occasion,” according to Sue Mack, who helps oversee the shop and its volunteer force.

The shop’s success is also based on donations. The staff gladly accepts them any day the store is open. The shop’s emphasis is on clothing and accessories and small household goods. It is not able to accept electronics, children’s furniture or stuffed furniture. People are encouraged to call if they have any questions about donations.

A grand reopening celebration is underway this month, including a ribbon cutting. A special blessing by the Right Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, is scheduled for Sunday, February 19.

Hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10am – 1pm, and the second Sunday of each month 9am – 1pm. The shop is located at 412 Wool St., Folsom, CA 95630 (view map). For more information, call the shop: (916) 985-3870.

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