2012-01-19 / Business Profiles

What a deal!

Bargain Box celebrates its new location
BY MOLLIE PAGE
Special to Florida Weekly


Goldstein Goldstein Naples’ oldest mission thrift store, the Bargain Box, celebrates the grand opening of its new home on Saturday, Jan. 21. Thrifty shoppers in search of a find will surely score and will also enjoy lively performances by Bargain Box singing volunteers and two celebrated local vocalists.

All day long — from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — all merchandise will be discounted 15 percent, and there will hourly drawings for a chance for one lucky shopper to convert that discount to 50 percent off non-furniture purchases and 25 percent off one piece of furniture. All proceeds always go to Naples United Church of Christ outreach missions, which reach dozens of local charities.

The new location at 153 10th St. S. has almost 7,000 square feet in which volunteers arrange donations that come from the community — about 500 pounds a day in the form of clothing and accessories, books, toys, electronics, dishes and decorative doo-dads as well as household essentials and furnishings.

To honor the store’s impact in the community, Becky Weese, the church’s director of music, helped a choir member write a special anthem that Bargain Box volunteers who are also members of the Sunday choir will sing at Saturday’s celebration. Leelo Basham and Greg Lepore will also sing as part of the program that begins at 1 p.m. with a dedication and blessing by senior pastor Rev. Ron Patterson.

“We’re blessed to be able to grow with the community,” says Bargain Box store manager Sandy Goldstein. “The new store allows us to accept and sell even more donated items, including furniture. Plus, we can finally showcase many items we’ve been storing off site because of space limitations in our old store.

“We’re seeing so many new faces at the new location,” she says. “And our regulars are coming back more often because we are constantly adding to our stock in every department.”

With help on both ends from the community — those who donate and those who shop — the Bargain Box has progressively increased its contribution to the church’s outreach missions. The grand opening celebration is more of a thank you to the community for its ongoing support, Ms. Goldstein adds.

Parking behind the store and accessible from First Avenue South. For more information, call 262-3802 or visit www.bargainboxnaples.com. ¦

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