Prices are correct at YMCA Thrift Shop-Nassau Guardian

The YMCA Thrift Shop quickly became known as a place to buy second-hand goods in good condition at low prices.

It opened in August last year after a vacancy was created on the YMCA site. The place was previously rented to another organization. But the agreement didn’t work.

Christine Gardner, YMCA Thrift Shop Manager, explained that the lease was terminated in June 2021.

Gardner, a member of the YMCA Board of Directors, initially brought together volunteers from the American Women’s Club (then President) and the Canadian Women’s Club to donate volunteers and items to open the store.

“All the volunteers who supported the projects of the previous organization remained the same, and when the shop space became available, we decided to open a store that would be useful for the“ Y ”,” she said.

“Everyone is on the move, collecting donations from people in the community we have interacted with for years and making our own donations.”

Donations include men’s clothing, women’s clothing, children’s clothing, appliances, toys, games, household items, shoes, books, DVDs, CDs and paintings.

It was a daunting task for Gardner and four other volunteers who manage the shop, which is open Thursday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

But she added, they made it exciting.

“We enjoyed naming the area of ​​the store,” Gardner said.

“Because it’s just one huge open space, divide the items into sections.

“There is a section for children. Oversized section. Shoes section; Special section. Electronics section; Entertainment area. And pharmacies. Customers can get hair care products, skin care items and even sweet scents.

“Our price is very reasonable. We have stylish jeans. Two are $ 1. Books, $ 1 for four … Unless it’s feasible, we won’t give you anything,” Gardner said. Said.

“Items need to be clean, nice and suitable for purchase.”

The shop also has jewelry showcases and paintings donated by local artists.

“We have two artists who donated their work for a bit of publicity,” Gardner said.

“When their paintings are sold, all revenue goes to YMCA, but if the buyer wants to buy additional pieces, identify them.”

We also boast a stock room that stores and inspects newly donated products and puts them on racks for sale.

“We have donors who bring in items almost every day,” Gardner pointed to several stacked bags in the room.

“We have everything from dressy women’s clothing to formal and trendy party outfits. We can’t wait for the theater to come back and put out the gowns we got.” (The Regency Theater is by Hurricane Dorian. Due to the damage, repairs and repairs are being carried out.)

It is imperative for Gardner to provide clients with decent and cheap products.

When Grand Bahama News visited the store, 25-year-old Austin Major was scanning the men’s clothing section.

The Major was happy to find a tanned knit winter coat. At the cash register, Gardner told the young man that his jacket would cost $ 20.

“$ 20?” I asked the Major. “I was expecting to pay more.”

When asked why he shopped at a second-hand store, Major replied: Some people wear it only once and put it behind the closet once in a while. When shopping, I usually do a thorough research and it is one of the well-maintained items. More importantly, the price is correct. “

Gardner gladly folded and presented the purchase to the major.

Serena Molly bought the soft women’s shoes she wore at the store.

“I tried them on, and they were very comfortable. I didn’t take them off,” she said.

“It’s fun to come here because you can find some quirky tips for your hobbies, a little refreshment in your room, a little fun like shoes.”

According to Gardner, there are some products that can’t be bought at the original price, but it’s a nice service to be able to buy them at a low price untouched at the store.

According to Gardner, the store’s revenue was excellent in the first five months.

“The economy was on the rise,” she said.

“We did very well in the store. For the first time, YMCA was able to see a small margin of profitability through the funds made in the thrift store.”

That was great news for volunteers.

“As a member of the board, I know that despite donations, I’m in the red every year. Therefore, having such an impact on the shop is huge. “I did,” Gardner said.

The vision of the late Sir Jack Hayward (former Vice President of the Grand Bahama Port Authority), the YMCA, was built in 1970 and was largely supported by corporate citizens and citizens’ groups.

Over the years, donations have declined due to the economic downturn in the Grand Bahamas, continuous hurricanes, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I don’t know what we did in keeping the doors open without a thrift store,” said Karon Pinder-Johnson, Executive Director of the YMCA.

Financial support from antique dealers helps maintain the YMCA program (tennis, soccer, boxing, archery, swimming, after school) offered by the organization. Prices are correct at YMCA Thrift Shop-Nassau Guardian

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