Thrift shop opens its doors

PARKERSBURG – The Twice is Good Thrift Shop, a fundraising arm of the Latrobe Street Mission of Mercy, is open for business.

The shop inside the mission at 1825 Latrobe St. offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, toys, books, household items, luggage, television sets, home decor including glassware, baby swings and strollers, books, baskets, shoes and small appliances at bargain-basement prices.

Shop hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, they are closed on Sundays. Patrons should enter through the 19th Street side of the building.

“We take donations on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, items can be dropped off at the shop,” said Brenda Ridgeway, the mission shelter director.

The store is operated by staffers Sandy Stewart, Shirley Bassett and Peggy Miller.

“We’ve been very busy since we opened, there has been a steady stream of people coming in. We’ve sold a lot of household items and clothing including coats, and winter clothes. Lots of people are looking for kids’ clothing. We have people from all walks of life come in, some are just looking for a good deal on gently used items, some come in and look through the glassware to see if there might be a treasure there,” Bassett said.

“Everything is twice as good here,” Ridgeway said. “We’ve had a lot of people in looking for curtains, some type of window coverings.”

All proceeds from the shop sales go to benefit the mission and cover operational expenses of the shop, Ridgeway said.

The mission is helping 49 men and 36 women and children. They are provided with shelter, food, a hot shower and a bed.

“They are provided with toiletries, information about support groups or programs they could help them, whatever they need to sustain them until they are able to get back on their feet and back out on their own,” Ridgeway said.

Since the shelter opened in December, Ridgeway said it has helped 135 people, who have stayed at the mission at least one night.

“We’ve helped several people get jobs and we are in the process of moving some of them into permanent housing by the end of this week,” Ridgeway said. “We’ve also had eight Baptisms since the mission opened.”

The mission is operated out of the renovated former Storck Bakery warehouse. The two-story facility has emergency shelter for men, women and children, kitchen and dining room facilities, showers, restrooms and at some point a spokesman for the project said they hope to provide some transitional apartments.

Residents can take advantage of nearby Courage to Change Ministries, which includes counseling and support groups.