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ARC's thrift store opens

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By Liz Holmes

The Albany Advocacy Resource Center's Thrift Store has a new market. It's something new for customers, and a new revenue stream for the non-profit group that has served people with disabilities for nearly 50 years.

The price is right at the ARC thrift Store's new market. And the bargains attract customers.

 "We've got items that cost up to six or seven dollars that someone can get for $1.50 or two dollars, so it's going to be good for the community to be able to come in and buy a new food or items for the home at a much reduced price," said Joyce Cresswell.

You can still get your traditional home good items at the ARC Thrift Store and you won't even have to go far to find their new market. Just a few steps across the aisle, and you can find new foods, like a jar of jalapenos.

The market gets its new items shipped in, but the thrift store is stocked by donations. Employee and Customer Georgie Burns is excited about the new market but says the gently-used thrift merchandise is just as good.

"My walls were bare, but now I have pictures on my wall and several other things I've bought because they were reasonably priced and they were more like antiques, and I'm sort of ancient myself, so they fit in just fine," Burns said.

First time customer Frank Salter saw the store's sign and stopped in. He says not only is it a good place to shop, its mission to employ people with disabilities.  "Makes everybody need to come in here and do their part, and buy and shop around and help out the best way they can."

Salter says he will definitely be back again. Burns says customers often return for two reasons: "Our low pricing and friendliness."

Two keys to business success. The ARC thrift store and market is located at 901 Pine Avenue. They invite you to stop by and shop Monday through Friday from nine to four.

 

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