This year marked the 10th anniversary of Micah’s Closet, a small thrift store run by a Methodist church on Main Street. They had free backpacks, BOGO sales while supplies last, and a $10 bag sale the last two weeks of August.
Sue Schroeder, a volunteer at Micah’s Closet, said the store had given away more than $1,000 worth of clothing since January to those who needed help.
“Our minister at the time thought it would be nice to give back to the community,” Schroeder said.
Micah’s Closet sells clothes for $1, $2, or $3. There is usually some sort of sale every day of the week. You can buy five shirts for $1 anytime, and kids’ clothes are often half price.
WSC Sophomore Hailey Walsh said she visits the store from time to time. “I always find something in there,” she said. “My friends also found some really cute clothes. We usually go there during their $10 bag sale days.
Schroeder said it takes about two days to swap seasonal clothes. The local Boy Scout troop helps take off a season’s clothes and hang up new gifts. There are approximately eight volunteers who volunteer at Micah’s Closet; they currently only allow members of the Methodist Church to volunteer. Volunteers and a paid store manager run the store on weekdays.
“Late Fridays and Saturdays are usually our busiest times,” Schroeder said. “It’s a bit difficult to find us.” Volunteers love to see students visiting and finding trinkets.
Clothing is also offered free of charge to people in difficulty. Coupons are distributed in schools and at Haven House. All proceeds will go to local missions in and around Wayne.
The store is located at the back of the Verizon store and accepts donations during regular business hours. Workers ask that donated clothes be in good condition, but clothes not suitable for sale are donated to a local car garage to be used as rags.
Store volunteers hope to see more visitors and would like to thank donors for keeping the store running.
According to their website, Micah’s Closet is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Wayne, registered 501(c)3. Donations may be tax deductible and receipts are available upon request. If you are a member of the church and would like to volunteer, you can contact Schroeder for more information.