STEUBENVILLE – Opportunity shoppers looking for bargains will find them even more this month at Urban Thrift and Opportunity Center, which looks forward to operating in a new location early next year.
In December, the thrift store at 644 Market Street is holding a sale for $ 3 a bag, which store manager Aimee Livingston says means shoppers can get a good deal and help the store find their way. reduce its inventory a little in preparation for the planned move. instead of Seventh Street.
All housewares, kitchen equipment, books, Christmas decorations, racks, and many sundries are sold by bag – a brown paper grocery bag – for $ 3. Clothing and furniture, however, are not included.
The sale is similar to the store’s $ 5 per bag clothing sale which is held every Friday, according to Livingston, who said the $ 3 bag sale is ongoing from Monday, Wednesday and Friday of this month until ‘December 18, the store’s closing date for the Christmas holidays. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“This is a very good deal – you can store a lot of small household items in it”, she said.
Tuesdays and Thursdays when the store is closed, it normally accepts donations of items, including furniture, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue to do so anyway until further notice.
According to Livingston, the relocation of the store to the plaza, owned by Urban Mission Ministries, is part of the mission’s plans to consolidate various ministries.
The move from three floors to one will make it disabled-accessible and user-friendly and provide improved parking, she added.
“It will be a bit bittersweet to leave this building as it has so much character with the woodwork and fireplaces, but we are also excited to move on to something new” she said.
“We want to make room because we are going to be moving and we are going to try to bring the minimum number of bears with us to the place, so it’s just a little bit of emptying our warehouse sale to get ready to move.” , she said of selling $ 3 bags.
The thrift store also functions as a vocational training site. “We are working with partner agencies like Job and Family Services and Community Action Council and get many workers from there to come for on-site training for various jobs,” she said.
The public has responded enthusiastically to the store since it opened in April 2019 at the former City Rescue Mission thrift store, which the Mission inherited, Livingston noted.
“It was great,” she said. “We have a lot of loyal customers, and they love it and we appreciate them and their business. They keep us going. Everything we make in the store is used to support the urban mission in terms of the Unity kitchen, shelters and pantry ”, she explained.
The mission will continue to use the store for storage, according to Livingston.
And it will continue its home pickups from Monday to Friday with a box truck and two drivers available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We pick up larger furniture, exercise equipment, bicycles, clothing and appliances” she noted. Pickups are made throughout the region, as far north as Toronto, as far south as Tiltonsville and in Brooke County as well.
For more information on the thrift store, call (740) 282-4851. For more information on volunteering at the store, contact Tiffany Beckwith, Mission Volunteer Coordinator, at (740) 282-8010.