Adams store offers beautiful buys
By Shawn Annarelli
Published: Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 7:29 p.m.
St. Barnabas Charities is opening its second thrift shop with a three-day grand opening that ends Sunday.
“I think people will be really impressed by the quality of what we're offering, because you're finding crystal, silver and china sets and high-end clothing,” said Robin Taylor, St. Barnabas' public relations director. “A lot of the pieces of furniture are high-quality, wooden pieces that are good American construction and the type of pieces you'll keep for years.”
All proceeds from Beautiful Buys Thrift Shoppe go to the fund, which supports patients in the St. Barnabas Health System who are unable to pay for their care.
The Free Care Fund raised $4.5 million in 2012.
The new store in Adams opened Friday. St. Barnabas' first thrift shop opened in Valencia on April 15.
Merchandise ranges from new, used and antique furniture to clothes and accessories for adults and children.
“It's a great way to have St. Barnabas Charities raise money for the Free Care Fund,” said Shelli Sommariva, St. Barnabas' marketing communications manager.
She credits the 32 volunteers for making the grand opening possible.
“We have volunteers who work very hard at working through merchandise, repairing furniture and doing all of the hard work that needs to be done to get this ready,” Sommariva said.
St. Barnabas often gets donations of furniture and household items from people who come to live in its homes for the elderly, said Deb Cochran, manager of Beautiful Buys.
St. Barnabas had been storing the items but decided to sell them through the thrift shops, channeling all proceeds into the free care fund.
“It's a great way to give back to the community,” Cochran said. The items are donated by people who live at St. Barnabas and the money goes to help residents of St. Barnabas.
“It's a great circle of opportunity,” she said. “Since we've opened up, the surrounding community has embraced it.”
The Adams thrift shop is at 421 Route 228, near Mars High School; the Valencia store is at 68 Dambach Ave. Volunteers are welcome.
“If you don't want to go to exercise class, come here,” Cochran said.
Prospective volunteers can call the store at 724-898-2897, said Cochran.
Regular operating hours can be found at http://www. stbarnabashealthsystem.com/charities/beautiful_buys/.
Shawn Annarelli is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
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