Thrift store in Ashby gives people in need a second chance [UPDATED]Published 11:00am Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Updated 11:15am Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Their mission is in the name — Second Chance Thrift.
“We thought it was a really cool name because it will give the people we’ll help a second chance and what we sell,” said Deb Jobe, the store manager.
Destiny Church of rural Ashby opened the store on May 1st as a way to fund their charitable giving. Profits from the store will be sent to orphanages in Cambodia and to help stop sex trafficking.
The church will also use the money to support local charity efforts.
“It was a vision that some of us at the church wanted to do for some time and it’s neat to see it all come together,” Jobe said. “We just want to be a blessing to the community.”
Jobe said the church finally had the opportunity when the old drug store in Ashby went on the market. The church gave the building a remodel in February, with fresh paint and a new look on the walls. The store accepts all items for donations, from clothing to furniture, that are in good, neat condition.
The new shop is a welcomed surprise for those who know the small town well.
“Wow, this is the old drug store?” said former Ashby resident Joyce Bock as she walked through the front door. “Small communities like to see buildings like this being used.”
Bock now resides in Alexandria, but represents the type of customer Jobe said they hope the store will draw into town. With summer approaching, Jobe said she expects to see a number of lakes area resorters, summer vacationers and visitors from area communities make their way through the shop.
Entering June, Jobe said they have already seen the success of that goal.
“It’s been good and I’m pleased. People seem to like the store,” Jobe said. “You get a variety from all over the place, so it’s fun to chat with them and see where they are from.”
Second Chance Thrift will celebrate their grand opening on July 19th and 20th. Jobe said the store will offer a number of different sales to promote the new business. The store is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.