About Thrift Shop
The Norton Thrift Shop was established by the United Methodist Women in 1974 and is run entirely by volunteers. The Shop carries gently-used clothing, shoes, housewares, decor, and seasonal items. The Shop is dedicated to philanthropy: since 1975, it has donated over $760,000 in cash support to local, national, and international missions, as well as countless in-kind support to local families in need and organizations like the Orphan Grain Train.
MatchDay Fundraising Project
Name of Project/Initiative: HVAC for New Building
Fundraising Goal: $20,000
The Thrift Shop faces several challenges in its current location. The building has a very small retail floor space, limiting the ability to display items. There is also limited storage space in the back, creating challenges to receiving/processing donations, rotating seasonal stock, and sorting items for distribution. Because of these space issues, volunteers consistently have to turn away otherwise good donations. Additionally, the building is not handicap accessible, preventing certain community members from being able to access the shop.
In June 2021, the Thrift Shop was gifted the building at 112 South State Street – commonly known to Norton residents as the old Dollar General Building. The building was purchased by the Norton County Community Foundation, at the direction of an anonymous donor and their wishes. The new building has more than twice the amount of square footage, meaning the Shop will be able to expand its inventory, spread out its displays, and carry larger household items such as furniture. Volunteers will have more space to work, and – importantly – the new building is ADA accessible, expanding its accessibility to the community. Finally, because the new building is on Main Street, the Shop’s visibility will increase to community members and people traveling through Norton, resulting in more business.
Match Day funds will be used to cover the cost of repairs needed at the new building, namely
HVAC, which has an estimated cost of $25,000.
How the project will benefit Norton County
The Thrift Shop fills a need in the Norton community by providing residents a local avenue for purchasing low-cost clothing and housewares; providing a place for community members to donate their gently-used items; and by fulfilling its philanthropic goals through charitable giving.
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