Marlborough ‘Community Run Thrift Store’ to Donate Net Profits | Local News
MARLBOROUGH – A new non-profit thrift store that will open in early June in the old Homestead Bookstore building on Main Street plans to reinvest all of its net income back into the community.
Deb Reynolds, the Marlborough resident who is leading the effort to open Homestead Thrift Shop, alongside Doug’s Dogs and Marlborough Country Convenience, said the store will open on June 2.
“One hundred percent of the net profits will go back to the community,” said Reynolds, who founded Penelope’s Home Consignment in Keene in 1996 and sold the business about 10 years ago. “Each quarter, we will be donating the profits from that quarter to various other nonprofits in the city that serve our residents.”
The store, which will be overseen by a five-member board of directors, already has donation partnerships aligned with the Marlborough Kidz Cupboard, which offers breakfast and lunch to food insecure children; the Monadnock Lions club; several programs for seniors; and initiatives at the Frost Free Library, added Reynolds.
The idea for the store originated last October when Reynolds, a member of the Lions Club, participated in a community fundraiser for a garage sale for the group. The club raised $ 1,200 in four hours by selling donated items in the parking lot of the former Piedra Fina restaurant, she said.
After that, Reynolds said that Malaise Lindenfeld, another Lions Club member who owns the Piedra Fina building and the former Homestead Bookshop, offered the bookstore for free to the group. Reynolds then began recruiting volunteers from the club and his church, the Marlborough Federated Church, before expanding to the entire community.
“Basically now, instead of being strictly tied to the Church or the Lions, which was the original plan, it has become a community-run thrift store,” Reynolds said.
In the past month or so, about 40 people have signed up to volunteer at the new thrift store, including about eight people who have helped rehabilitate the building, which has remained vacant since the Homestead bookstore closed in 2015. The renovations have included the replacement of the dark. wood paneling with a new coat of creamy white paint, added Reynolds.
Homestead Thrift Shop, named after the old bookstore, will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted during regular business hours.
Ultimately, Reynolds added, she hopes the store will raise between $ 20,000 and $ 25,000 per year for local charities, while having a positive environmental impact.
“I had a feeling that this would be a great way to raise money to help our community, and also to keep the items out of the landfill, basically recycling the items instead of just throwing them in the trash,” he said. she declared.