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Bargain Box to host moving sale this weekend to get ready for new location

Bargain Box to host moving sale this weekend to get ready for new location
July 09
09:34 2020

The Breckenridge Bargain Box is changing locations for the first time in 40 years, and they’re having a moving sale to help make the move easier.

The Bargain Box thrift store is moving from its current location at 124 W. Williams St. and will have a moving sale on Friday and Saturday, July 10-11. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/ Breckenridge Texan)

The thrift store, which is operated by and benefits St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, is currently located at 124 W. Williams St. On Aug. 15, the store will open at its new location at the southwest corner of Breckenridge Avenue and Walker Street.

The new location’s entrance will be on the side of the building on South Breckenridge Avenue, directly across from First National Bank. The front part of the building, which opens onto West Walker Street, will be rented out as office space. A new billboard is scheduled to be installed on the building and will point to the shop’s entrance.

Cassie Griffith, who is helping to organize the move, said the store was founded in 1963 by five women from St. Andrew’s. Prior to that, the church had an annual fundraising garage sale; when the garage sale was rained out one year, they decided to start a more permanent shop.

Originally, the Bargain Box was located down the street from its present location in a building that later burned down. It’s been at 124 W. Williams St. since 1980.

The thrift store serves at least two purposes: (1) to provide local families with an affordable place to shop and (2) to help St. Andrew’s. The proceeds from the shop go to the church, which then helps a variety of organizations, supports missionaries, and uses the funds for other church needs, Griffith said.

“We feel like people just need a nice place to shop and get what they need,” she said.

Additionally, when a local family is displaced because of a house fire, the Bargain Box invites them in to get whatever they need.

Cassie Griffith shows off the future location for the Bargain Box, a thrift store operated by St. Andrew’s Anglican Church volunteers. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

When the Bargain Box moves to the new location, it will still sell items for the same low prices it has been offering. For example, jeans usually cost $3, men’s shirts cost $2 or $3, paperback books cost 25 cents.

The new location isn’t as large as the current one, but it is air conditioned and the store’s volunteers will work to efficiently organize the merchandise. The new location also has an upstairs that can be used for storage and maybe for additional shopping space someday.

The Bargain Box will continue to accept donations of items for sale from the community, but the volunteers respectfully request no garage sale leftovers. “We want gently used items,” Griffith said.

The upcoming moving sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 10-11. Customers can fill a large paper grocery sack with items for $5 on Friday and $1 on Saturday. To keep everyone safe, face masks will be provided for everyone.

This billboard will be placed on the side of the building on the southwest corner of Walker Street and Breckenridge Avenue, pointing to the entrance of The Bargain Box’s new location. (Courtesy Photo)

Story by Carla McKeown/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: The Bargain Box, currently located at 124 W. Williams, is moving to a new location and hosting a sale this weekend, July 10-11. The shop’s volunteers plan to take the vintage sign to the new store. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

 


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