By Liz Nolan, Contributing Writer
Northborough – Trinity Church’s thrift shop Count your Blessings has seen its inventory grow since opening a year and a half ago. In an effort to bring additional awareness to the shop, an open house will be held Saturday, April 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“Trinity Church is a community church that opens its doors to many organizations,” said Coordinator Linda Corbett. “The thrift shop is another ministry that offers affordable clothing to the community.”
Gently used clothing and footwear for all ages are neatly showcased on rolling racks in the spacious first floor fellowship hall of Trinity Church, located at 23 Main Street, Northborough. The shop is open September through May on Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The main entrance is accessible from the back parking lot.
Retail is not new to Corbett.
“I have a background in fashion merchandising, and thought it would be fun to get back into retail and to do something to benefit the church and the community,” she said.
Profits from the thrift store help to fund outreach ministries of the church, including Habitat for Humanity, mission trips and work camps.
Count your Blessings is run by a team of 10 volunteers, who ensure that the shop always has coverage.
The Open House event will highlight special promotions and discounts above and beyond what is normally offered.
“It is for everyone,” said Corbett, “We see a range of people, but you don’t have to be a customer to stop in.”
An additional incentive to visit the thrift store during the open house or on Saturdays is there will be coffee and pastries.
Donations of gently used clothing and footwear for all ages are welcomed. They can be dropped off during the church office hours or during the normal operation hours of the thrift store. Currently, women’s tops and all footwear are needed the most.
Corbett assured that they do have plenty of storage and are able to accept donations of both seasonal and non-seasonal items.
Each donated article goes through a quality inspection before it can be sold and items that do not pass are donated to the textile recycling bins located at each of the Northborough public schools.
Any spring clothing that is left at the end of their regular season in May is donated to local shelters in need of items.
Additional information can be found at www.trinitynorthborough.org.