STEUBENVILLE — Bargain-hunting second-hand shoppers will find them even more this month at the Urban Thrift and Opportunity Center, which looks forward to operating from a new location early next year.
In December, the thrift store at 644 Market St. is having a sale for $3 a bag, which store manager Aimee Livingston explained, which means shoppers can get a bargain and help the store to reduce its inventory a little in preparation for its planned move. to Seventh Street Plaza.
All household items, kitchen equipment, books, Christmas decorations, media and many sundries are sold by the 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 that takes place every Friday, according to Livingston, who said the $3 bag sale was going on Monday, Wednesday and Friday this month until to December 18, when the store closes for the Christmas holidays. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“It’s a really good deal – you can put a lot of small household items in it,” she says.
On 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 until further notice.
The store’s move to the plaza, owned by Urban Mission Ministries, is part of the mission’s plans to consolidate various ministries, according to Livingston.
Upgrading from three floors to one will make it handicap accessible and 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 into something new,” she says.
“We want to make room because we’re going to be moving and we’re going to try to take as many bears as possible with us to the place, so it’s just a bit of cleaning up our warehouse sale to get ready to move. “, she says of selling $3 bags.
The thrift store also functions as a professional training site. “We work with partner agencies such as Job and Family Services and Community Action Council and bring many workers to come and undergo on-site training for various jobs,” she says.
The public has responded enthusiastically to the store since it opened in April 2019 in the former City Rescue Mission thrift store, which the mission inherited, Livingston noted.
“It’s been awesome,” she says. “We have a lot of loyal customers, and they love it and we appreciate them and their business. They keep us operational. Everything we make at the store goes to support the Urban Mission when it comes to 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 door-to-door pickups Monday through Friday with a van 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 done throughout the region, as far north as Toronto, as far south as Tiltonsville and in Brooke County as well.
For more information about the thrift store, call (740) 282-4851. For more information about volunteering at the store, contact Tiffany Beckwith, Mission Volunteer Coordinator, at (740) 282-8010.