The Villages Voice - August 2020

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The Villages Hospital Auxiliary Foundation - UF Health

by TVRH Auxiliary

Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe:

  A Treasure Trove in the Heart of The Villages

If you are looking for treasure and do not want to spend a pirate’s bounty, visit Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe in Lady Lake.  According to The Village of Del Mar resident and store manager, Curt Kroll, what sets Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe apart from other second-hand stores is the quality and variety of the merchandise.  “This is not a rummage sale,” he promises. Kroll explains that everything on display in the store is in pristine condition and good working order.  To ensure this high quality, all donations are carefully screened and only gently used items find their way to the display racks. The wide selection of merchandise available at Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe is also unique.  The shelves are neatly filled with everything from crystal stem ware, fine bone china and sterling silver pitchers. The floor space is filled with furniture and framed prints. Clothing, jewelry, shoes and accessories are elegantly displayed in a boutique-like atmosphere.  Holiday decorations, table linens and small appliances are featured year-round. According to Judy Shepherd, The Village of Santiago resident and assistant store manager, visiting Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe is always an adventure because you never know what you might discover. Managing this ever-changing inventory is an enormous task.  Both Kroll and Shepherd (pictured outside the shop, above) acknowledge that it could only be done with the help of over 100 volunteers who donate their time and creative talent to the store each week.  This dedicated team of workers sort, price, stage and sell the vast array of merchandise that is brought to the store every day. According to Kroll and Shepherd, the volunteers make Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe a truly remarkable shopping experience. Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe is currently housed in two buildings; a single-story structure located at 110 W. Lady Lake Blvd. and the two-story house next door.  Demolition of the house is slated for August 2020 followed by construction of a new building that will connect with the remaining structure.  The project should be complete in January or February of 2021. “We are so excited about the upcoming renovation!” Kroll states. “We will have so much more room!”  And certainly, more treasure. Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe is operated by UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation and all the proceeds benefit the programs and services of UF Health The Villages® Hospital.  Donations of new and gently used items are accepted Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.