Time is getting closer for the completion of the expansion of Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe in Lady Lake nestled under the oaks at 110 W. Lady Lake Boulevard. Projected opening is in August, but the shoppe has been and continues to be open during the renovations.
The Thrift Shoppe’s humble beginnings started in 2008 in one historical landmark building, and now excitement is mounting for the all-volunteer shoppe team and the community with an increased capacity of over 6000 sq. ft in retail space with plenty of room allocated for parking and donation drop off.
Lots of people like the excitement of saving money while finding a treasure to enjoy and know the money is going to a worthy cause. Proceeds from all sales at the Thrift Shoppe provide much needed medical equipment for the hospital, student scholarships, and the expansion of the hospital’s cardiac unit.
The new expansion is designed to look the same as the average mainstream retailers, but with one significant difference between the two industries: resale offers high quality goods to consumers at prices that are much lower than the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
According to Green Story, an organization that helps consumers choose a more sustainable option and make greener choices, the purchase of one used item instead of a new one can reduce its carbon footprint by up to 82%. If everyone would purchase just one used item in the next 12 months, it would save 11 billion kilowatts of energy, 25 billion gallons of water, and 449 million pounds of waste.
The shoppe is always on the lookout for residents who would like to volunteer. There are a wide variety of positions available and if you’re interested, please give Beth Malak a call at 405-802-2703 to learn more.
Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you have furniture or large items, you can call 352-571-9785 to arrange for a pick up.
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