Consignment shop

Good things keep growing thanks to Medomak Exchange

Good Things Thrift & Craft Shop is located at 14 Washington Road in Waldoboro. The lobster traps in the lower left were donated by a local fisherman. Peggy Davis said parking is available for area fishermen to sell directly to customers. (photo Elisabeth Walztoni)

Running a thrift store was not part of Ron and Peggy Davis of Waldoboro’s plan, but when the need arose, they were ready to act.

Shortly after founding their “brainchild,” the non-profit Medomak Exchange, in April 2021, they purchased the former Burnham’s Blooms building across from Moody’s Diner to house Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop. It opened in July 2022 to support the exchange’s programs through the sale of donated household items at affordable prices.

Lights shone on glassware, artwork, craft supplies and furniture through the shop’s open doors Oct. 12 as visitors gathered for a meet and greet hosted by the Waldoboro Business Association.

The Medomak Exchange was created to serve the people of the Waldoboro area through educational and spiritual programs, according to Peggy Davis, founding member of the organization and chair of the board. Although the exchange receives support from area churches, it is not a religious organization.

The Medomak Exchange has a second location at 124 Friendship Road, from which it operates a free clothes closet and provides space at the Waldoboro Food Pantry. A plan is being developed to turn the house into a community meeting and retreat center.

Terri Stred, manager of Warren's Good Things Thrift & Craft Shop, stands among donated goods for sale on the first floor of the Waldoboro business.  Stred said working in the store is a local cycle of receiving donations and sending them to new homes.  (photo Elisabeth Walztoni)

Terri Stred, manager of Warren’s Good Things Thrift & Craft Shop, stands among donated goods for sale on the first floor of the Waldoboro business. Stred said working in the store is a local cycle of receiving donations and sending them to new homes. (photo Elisabeth Walztoni)

Standing on the porch of the store at 14 Washington Road, Peggy Davis described the Fellowship’s mission as “holistic” and said their work is always growing as needs change. It all started with the pantry and clothes closet, Davis said, but a thrift store emerged as “the missing piece.”

Her husband Ron “wanted to do something that benefited us more,” Davis said. He was touched by a story he read about immigrant families, and “that lit a fire within him” that still burns today, she said. After considering their community and the resources available in Waldoboro, the Davises decided to stay focused closer to home.

Now, she said, “The energy just flows.”

The Medomak exchange receives support from more than 70 volunteers, according to Davis. Some staff at Good Things, who “play a major role in moving things around in the community.”

She said the store is well stocked with an increasing amount of used household items in the area as residents age and downsize their homes.

Terri Stred, store manager, said the store’s target markets are varied. The Medomak Exchange focuses on Waldoboro residents, and Good Things is a unique opportunity for residents “looking for a place to shop that isn’t Damariscotta or Rockland for the kind of stuff we have” .

Good Things strives to carry “something for everyone,” Stred said, from those in need of household essentials to antique shops. Affordable everyday products sell for 50 cents or $1, while proceeds from high-end and specialty items return to the Medomak Exchange.

Peggy Davis, board chair and founding member of Medomak Exchange, the parent company of Good Things Thrift and Craft Shop, teaches visitors to a recent open house about her nonprofit’s plans. Good Things is part of what she called a “holistic” set of programs, including a free clothes closet and a partnership with the Waldoboro Food Pantry. (photo Elisabeth Walztoni)

Good Things’ location along Route One is also ideal for attracting foreign visitors whose dollars could support the Medomak exchange, and the Davises have community plans to make use of them. They plan to turn the front room into a gallery for local artists and artisans to sell their work on consignment. Outside, lobster fishermen’s buoys hang from the building to show solidarity with the industry, and parking is available for fishermen to sell directly to customers.

The Davises expect these parts of the store, once developed, to be a particular draw to tourists from Moody’s Diner across the street.

“I would love to see the enthusiasm spread to recycle and give back,” Stred said.

She is joined in day-to-day operations by a team of volunteers who bring their own interests to the store. A volunteer is an expert in fine china; another “can fix anything”; a third knows her art, and a fourth loves furniture.

“We’re having a lot of fun,” Stred said with a smile. “Everyone here has a heart for the vision.”

As some of these volunteers are seasonal residents, the store is looking for new helpers; Stred shared that volunteers get a 20% discount and 50% off the day they work.

Space for sale in the parking lot is still available to the fishing community, Davis said, as is space for the buoys on the building.

Good Things Thrift & Craft Shop at 14 Washington Road is open for business and donations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Good Things accepts donations of furniture and most household items, except electronics, books, and some large items. For a full list, contact the store.

For more information on volunteering, consigning crafts, or donating items, visit Good Things Facebook Group or call the store during business hours at 841-2307.