The month of July marks a milestone for the Mason Community Foundation! With the recent purchase of a new home and relocation for the Mason Community Thrift Store, the Grand Re-Opening that is slated for Friday, July 12 at 10 am will culminate a significant effort of many in the community over the past six years.
What started out as a small article in the Mason County News in January 2007, asking citizens for interest in taking over the “Hospice Thrift Store”, a core group of volunteers coalesced the efforts needed to establish the non-profit Mason Community Foundation with which to assume operations of the Thrift Store. This group recognized the need for a low cost outlet for merchandise for area residents along with the impact of saving items of value from being deposited in the landfill. The added benefit of becoming a destination for tourism was to come later! The ultimate goal, however, was to channel the profits back into the community by way of grants to other non-profits with worthwhile goals that would benefit the majority of Mason County residents.
Less than two months later, March of 2007, the Mason Community Thrift Store was up and running, under the leadership of Brent Hinckley, president, and Eloise Burgess, vice-president with Judy Koch and Aimee Jaquez continuing their employment at the new location on Fort McKavitt Street. As the Foundation was unsure of the prospects to make the Thrift Store viable, they gladly accepted a six month rent-free period, to ensure it would all work! Further cost-cutting measures were to keep staff expenses at a minimum and the board worked diligently to secure volunteers from the community to assist weekdays and eventually to staff the new hours of operation on Saturdays at the Thrift Store.
The community responded with open hearts to the project and volunteer ‘shop-keepers’ were rotated through the Saturday work schedule for three years! By then, the operation was well underway and additional employment opportunities were provided for area residents.
Contributions of merchandise continued to grow and increasing sales followed suit! Buyers of ‘collectibles’ from around the state began including Mason Community Thrift Store on their rounds of buying trips, frequenting other businesses in town while here. Now managed by Wendy Fisher and Barbara Garner, the store has increased even further with specialty areas, decorative signage and eye-catching displays.
The goals were met, to serve the community in low-cost goods, to save the landfill of still useable items and the greatest reward, of grants to enrich the lives of the community which now, in just 6 years, amount to nearly $220,000!
The grant recipients have included Mason’s Volunteer Fire Department, EMS, Health Clinic, Library, Historical Commission, Mason ISD, Girl Scouts, Lions Club, Food Bank, Community Kitchen, Soccer Association, Rodeo Association, Livestock Association, Baseball Association, Senior Center, Steady Steps, CASA and Child Welfare Board among others.
This would not have been possible without the support of so many in the community: those who volunteer their time and talents, those who purchase the many great bargains to be found and those who donate clean, reusable goods. Not to be forgotten are those who have made the recent remodel and re-location possible!
In appreciation, the Thrift Store will hold drawings all day during the Grand Re-Opening Day on Friday, July 12, with great items to be given away! Customers are invited to register now as they reap the benefits of the Moving Sale, with everything 50% off at the old location! KNEL Radio will be on hand to broadcast LIVE at the Grand Re-Opening! And a special Ribbon Cutting by the Mason County Chamber of Commerce will take place.
Come see the new location and the transformation that has been made to the old Post Office…along with all the new merchandise available!
Come visit Your Store, the Mason Community Thrift Store!