The Pilot Mountain Outreach Center will be relying on its thrift shop to generate some much needed funding this Saturday as it hosts a large-scale yard sale from 9 am. – 1 p.m.
The thrift shop is located at 317 East Highway 52 Bypass in Pilot Mountain, adjacent to the center’s food bank. A wide assortment of goods will be located both throughout the building and in the parking lot, with everything marked down to half-price or lower for the day.
“The center is really getting low on funds,” explained Co-Director Karen Caparolie. “But people have been great to support us with donated items, so we thought we’d bring it all out and mark it down.”
“We have so much,” she continued. “We’ve switched the shop over to spring and summer clothing and we have a good supply of clothes and shoes, including a lot of new clothes. And we have plenty of toys, dishes, linens, odds and ends and all kinds of other things.”
According to Caparolie, while the thrift shop isn’t as widely recognized as the center’s food bank, it too serves a valuable role in the community. Families, many of whom are on a tight budget, can use the shop as a reliable resource to find quality clothing at a fraction of its original price, she explained.
Equally important, Caparolie noted, is the thrift shop’s ability to raise funds that can help keep the center operating.
“A lot of people don’t associate the thrift shop with the food pantry,” she said,” but it helps keep the food pantry open. It can help with our overhead expenses, things like lights, heat, phones and rent. It’s an important part of what the center does and it’s important that we’re able to raise some funds on Saturday.”
Volunteers are needed to help both with preparation and during the yard sale. Anyone who is interested in helping may stop by the thrift shop after 1 p.m. on Friday or may call the center anytime at 368-4907. If there is no answer, please leave a message and your call will be returned.
Rain date for the sale is April 8.