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Weekly DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A Peek into the Life of a Thrifty

“Sometimes the most ordinary things could be made extraordinary simply by doing them with the right people.” ~Nicholas Sparks

DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Prayer

       Hannah prayed, and said, “My heart exults and triumphs in the Lord; my horn (my strength) is lifted up in the Lord. My mouth is no longer silent, for it is opened wide over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.” ~1 Samuel 2:1 AMP

        As humorous and amazing as us thrifties can be, we have weeks at the thrift store that can be trying. The difficulties can come in many ways, whether its from lack of donations or work piling up (because we need more volunteers) to lack of sleep from random attacks of spiders and mice. What us girls have been learning and growing in is how powerful our prayers and words really are. When we speak life and worship in whatever situation we are dealing with, our outlook changes from frustration to how incredibly powerful our God is to take care of us. So as the journey continues for us here at the store, we just ask that you keep us in your prayers.

Then hear from heaven their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause. ~2 Chronicles 6:35 NIV

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Weekly DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Arachnophobia… the phobia of spiders (ours isn’t a phobia, just a great dislike). This is the story of the spider that tried to introduce itself to Keisha and I (Rachel). Thursday started out as any other day at the thrift store. Keisha and I were hanging up clothing, replenishing the racks out in the store. We had already taken one rack out, this was our second. Having taken a few articles of clothing off and put them in their place, I reached for the next pair of pants, and then stopped short, for there (most likely looking at me) was a SPIDER. It was black and furry, a good sized quarter. I let out a little scream and Keisha asked what it was, I quickly showed her, and we both backed away very fast, calling for Patti (who was at register) to come and rescue us. Patti asked us what was wrong and told us to stop shrieking. She came and I pointed out which pair of pants it was on, she wiggled them a little and there it was! Keisha and I screamed and held onto each other (it was frightening). Somehow, the spider disappeared (it was a speedy little fellow). This particular rack took a little longer to put out, as neither Keisha or I wanted to meet him again! We carefully shook each piece of clothing out. To a certain degree, we wanted to find him, simply because then Patti could kill him, however, he was not found, and could still be alive (unless our shrieks killed him).  ~Rachel 

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Weekly DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, May 5th, 2014

6:00-7:00 a.m. The alarm begins to screech its siren saying it is time to rise and embrace the new morning. We go about our individual morning routines and prepare to leave the cabins at 7:30 a.m. Between dodging semis, trying not to miss our exits, and singing loudly and slightly off key to songs, our thirty minute trip to the store can be quite an adventure! We make our grand entrance at the store at 8:00 a.m.

 After unloading all of our items in the break room,  we begin our morning cleaning routine of dry mopping and putting all of the products back in their designated area. Occasionally, we will have several carts of merchandise to put out on the floor. Around 8:30 a.m., we gather in the break room for staff devotions. SInce we have this nifty thing called electronics, we have begun a study on our Bible app entitled “Elisha: Tale of Ridiculous Faith”.  During our devotional time, we have a rule that if anyone’s cell phone rings that person has to treat everyone to a box of Krispy Kreme donuts! This rule has lead to some sneakiness. When leaving the room, we always need to take caution of the whereabouts of our phone because it is very likely that the volume on your phone will be turned onto high.

Our store opens its doors at 9:00 a.m. One of us girls takes register from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Each of us are assigned to a different department that we are in charge of, and during this time, we  work on whatever department needs the most attention at that time. Everyday our work varies as to what we do. Processing donations, sorting clothes, cleaning housewares, and stocking the shelves are all  part of the thrifty work day. 12:00-12:45 p.m. is one of our favorite times of the day.. Lunch Time!! After we are done chowing down and relaxing, we get back into working on getting production done. The person on register gets to take their break from 1:00- 1:45 p.m. and the next person is on register from 1:00-5:00 p.m. or whenever the last customer leaves. We have a short fifteen minute break at 3:00 p.m. and then back to work we go!

Our work day ends at 5:00 p.m., and we make the trek back home whenever the last customer leaves and we can close everything down. Evenings after work are far from boring!  There are rare evenings when we stay at home. We have been so blessed with people pouring out their love in different ways such as providing lovely evenings of dinner and talks, youth/church events, fun with friends, wonderful small group time, and much more! Thrifty life can be challenging, but when we look at the bigger picture of all the lives we have the opportunity to touch, it makes every second worth it.

~Keisha~

Weekly DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Maria Maria, Dear Maria

The hills are alive with the sound of music…

            This past Friday, we said our “so long farewells” to our dear Maria as her six month term came to a close. Her loving, sweet self will be missed by all who had the pleasure of getting to know her. Maria contributed much to life at the thrift store and cabins. With her dry sense of humor and exuberant personality, she kept our thrifties’ hearts laughing.  Because of Maria’s caring heart and gift of hospitality, we spent many hours filled with one-on-one talks, delicious food shared, and being spoiled by her motherly care. More often than not Maria’s animated side would come out in creative ways. She was always on the verge of a rubber band war, water attack, imitation of voices, or a hardcore punch bug game.

            Maria will be returning to her home in Scranton, PA to work for her dad building fences and taking care of her sheep and cattle. With Maria’s heart for adventure and missions, we are so excited to see where all God will take this incredible woman. We feel so blessed that God granted us this time of crossing paths with her. Although, Maria is leaving the thrift store, we are forever changed because of the time she shared here. 

With Love,

Your fellow Thrifty Staff

Weekly DOH Thrift Store Update

Monday, April 21st, 2014

The Thrifty Speaks: a monthly post by one of the thrifties.  (this month Rachel Campbell)

         For many of us, being a thrifty means being away from our family, often a couple of months at a time. It also means learning people skills; interacting not only with each other, but also interacting with customers. For me personally, one of the things that is happening in my own heart is that Christ has become my identity. This I believe is one of the greatest things I can ever live out, to hear and believe what God says about me, to be clothed in the righteousness of Christ. Identity is looking at what God say about me, and believing that, instead of hearing what others may say about me. It  is believing and receiving His promises. To be confident in who I am, because of what Jesus has done for me (taking my sin on Him and placing His righteousness in me… and much more). :) On a slightly lighter (actually much lighter) note, a thrifty is  someone who may practically live off of coffee (we often play take-one while drinking it). I also think that ice cream could be a food group of its own! 

     25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

  ~Rachel :)

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Weekly Thrift Store Update

Monday, April 14th, 2014

ODE TO THE CAT  

            Our current residency is a cabin located in Columbus, North Carolina. In our particular neck of the woods, there once lived a friendly cat whom we (Keisha and Rachel) entitled Chester. The gender of this particular cat still remains unknown, but not without attempt or attacks which lead to scratches. Chester was a brave cat. Conquering many roofs, window ledges, flower boxes, and doors simply to creepily stare through any glass object (including the skylight)  to watch unsuspecting families. One of his favorite pastimes was drinking milk; he would often come to our cabin and sit  outside the door pitifully meowing until his thirst for cuddles and milk was quenched. He had a happy life and enjoyed his random car rides until one sad day in March.. (cue suspenseful music)… Chester was KIDNAPPED! We quickly noticed his absence with the sudden lack of crying outside our door in the evening and the missing companionship when taking a phone call outside. We were hurt and feeling deserted. In our minds, Chester had left us, but THEN we had a suspicion, for there was someone who did not feel the fluffy feelings in their heart when they saw our furry, loving friend skittering across the drive. After further questing Leon, Maria, and ourselves (Rachel and Keisha) discovered the whereabouts of our dear Chester… It was one sunny day, and Chester thought this person (to be left unnamed)  was at last showing him some love and attention and taking him for a drive. Little did he know, that would be the last time he would take a ride with one of our wonderful, amazing thrifties. Like most times in life, the story does not end there. Chester now lives in a new home far, Far, FAR away  in Virginia. We have told you  all of this not only to commemorate the life that he shared us, but to also inform you that we now have a Chester Jr.!! Chester Jr. is a lively little fellow that is approximately nine inches long including his tail. As ironic as this may seem, considering Chester was a cat, Chester Jr. is a battery operated  mouse who lives at our store. Occasionally, we will flip his switch from off to on, set him on the floor out in the store, and watch him “frolick and run” around. Finding his way between clothing racks and around furniture, he has become our in house entertainment (aside from Leon’s constant comedy acts).

            On a more serious note, this past week, we have been richly blessed with many donations. This is definitely an answer of our prayers! Our housewares section has now been enlarged with more shelving and our furniture selections seem to be a living story of the oil that came low yet God did not let it run out. We have been abundantly blessed with an ample supply of clothing donations that seem to be avalanching from all piles accumulated.

            Continue to keep us in your prayers as we grow and learn how to serve others better

~Keisha and Rachel~

#missingChester #ForeverInOurHearts

Weekly DOH Thrift Store update

Monday, April 7th, 2014

The Door of Hope Thrift Store can be an exciting place! As the weeks progress the volunteers often have many stories to tell, so we decided to have them summarize their time each week in a short update for you to read. Some weeks may be full of fun and others may need your prayers so stay updated by reading these post!

 Thrift store life is not just about receiving donations and then turning around and selling them. It is about so much more than that! It is about customer interaction, brightening someone’s day with a smile, having fun, and simply showing the love of God. 

            On saturday a van from Care Baptist Church, in Spartanburg, came by to donate housewares, books, and clothing that were left from a church yard sale. When they brought the donations, around six 12-16 year old boys were along; a very energetic, polite group of gentlemen.  As they were unloading the van they were joking around as the youth leaders were attempting to keep them from jumping into a small pile of clothing in the receiving hall. When they were ready to leave two of us thrifties were talking to the two youth leaders, they told us a little more about their church and youth programs. When they told us about the boys jumping into the clothing we mentioned that we have a partial semi trailer load of junk clothing, that they could jump in. We enlightened them that whenever we throw junk clothing into it that we do a bit (actually alot) of frolicing (aka, running and sailing through the air into a mound of clothing). The van left, but a few minutes later they came back into the store and asked Keisha if the boys could jump in the clothing. The whole group then came back to the trailer, the door was raised, and the boys went at it, jumping on the pile, throwing clothing around and covering the entire floor of the trailer. Races and wrestling matches were held, and a great amount of fun was had! Approximately thirty minutes later an exhausted group of boys piled into their van and left.

    “Somewhere deep inside, we all still long to chase butterflies, dance in flower beds, and sing to the stars.” (Or in our case, jump in clothing).

 –Rachel and Maria– Door of Hope Thrift store’s Greatest and Most loved employees. [Greatest beauties goes without mentioning:)]

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Volunteers Needed!

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Volunteers Needed for Door of Hope Thrift Store!

We have moved the thrift store to a new location in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and need more volunteers to help with the daily operations of the store.

Volunteer service at the store includes assisting customers, sorting donations, placing items on floor for sale, etc. We need guys and girls who are willing to serve terms of six-months to one year at the store.

“I been so blessed by the opportunities, friendly exchanges, learning ventures, and the uplifting work environment that the store gives. I love being a partial fraction of the Door of Hope ministry and watching God work through it.”

-Jacolia C, volunteer

Can you help?

Please call us for more information or to request a volunteer application at (828) 859-0126.

Or request an application via email at mail@doorofhopeministry.com