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Don't trash donations to the Thrift Shop

By Meg Miller
Posted Saturday, July 17, 2004

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This is just a "friendly" reminder that the Cole Park Thrift Store really appreciates the donations of good, quality resalable items.

If you wouldn't give it to your sister, don't give it to the Thrift Store.

However, in recent years the donations have been running about fifty percent trash. We cannot sell items that are broken (we do not fix things), clothes that are badly soiled or torn (we do wash some items but not EVERYTHING). We don't want or need old mattresses/box springs (the law does not allow us to resell these items). Soiled and broken furniture needs to go to the recycle center. We simply do not have the manpower to deal with the volume of undesirable donations we are receiving.

The bottom line is, if you wouldn't give it to your SISTER, don't give it to the Thrift Store. All these items do is increase the labor on our employees and volunteers.

We literally have people using the boxes as trash bins. The recycle center is only a block down the road and is open everyday, with a few exceptions.

Again, thank you for the donations. Remember too that bringing the items into the store is the ONLY way to insure that they make it on to the sales floor. Theft is still a major problem...even in broad daylight...from the Cole Park box. You may also get a tax reciept for your items by bringing them into
the store. (Small donations in the front, larger items around the back at the loading dock.)

The Cole Park Store is now open until 6 PM on Fridays for your shopping and donating convenience.

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