March 17, 2017

‘Magnificent’ Thrift Shop Blessed by Bishop in York

Pat Hoyt, left, and Joanie Nolin, right, join Father Jonathan Sawicki and Bishop Ronald Gainer in cutting the ribbon for the grand opening of the relocated St. Mary’s Thrift Shop. The ladies are part of the shop’s management team.

Calling it a “magnificent” place, Bishop Ronald Gainer blessed on Feb. 27 the relocated St. Mary’s Thrift Shop in York, a ministry of Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish.

A longtime anchor downtown, the shop moved from its previous location next to the church rectory to its new home in the parish’s former convent, located at 26 East College Avenue. The move offers the shop a larger location.

“We are very excited about the move,” said Father Jonathan Sawicki, pastor of St. Mary’s. “Moving the Thrift Shop to the old convent building gives us more room to display the wonderful selection of items we have for sale. The additional storage space allows our volunteers to better catalog and organize the donations, and to separate out seasonal items as necessary.”

The Thrift Shop, which opened in 1998, is run entirely by a dedicated staff of several dozen volunteers who sort donations, price and tag items, restock shelves and racks, and serve customers. The money that the parish raises through Thrift Shop sales is used for general operating expenses and assistance in providing Catholic education.

The new space is 400 square feet larger than the previous one.

“It’s wonderful to be moving to a larger location,” said Pat Hoyt, Thrift Shop Co-Manager. “We had grown so much that our location next to the rectory was very cramped and crowded, and were unable to display a lot of what we have to sell. The new location will better enable us to serve the community.”

By Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness

Bishop Ronald Gainer and Father Jonathan Sawicki, pastor, lead the faithful in the blessing of St. Mary’s Thrift Shop at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in York Feb. 27. “This is a magnificent thrift shop,” the bishop said of the ministry.

Shoes, clothing and toys fill the kids’ room at St. Mary’s Thrift Shop in York

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