“After analyzing many resources, it became
abundantly clear that the organization has generous in-kind donors who bring
more than enough clothing, housewares, furniture, art work, small appliances, baby items and more
to the Donation Center. Allocating the excess items to a thrift shop
concept allows MUST to continue giving clothing to clients and to sell the 'extra' to gain funds for our important mission,” Dr. Ike
Reighard, President and CEO, said.
“Clients will now have the option to purchase items in addition to the free vouchers they receive, giving them a feeling of parity and not just charity. Financial donors and other donors bringing items to the Donation Center were surveyed and overwhelmingly supported MUST's need to acquire a new income stream and favored the thrift store concept.,” Reighard said.
“This concept is very exciting on many levels. We give clients the dignity of shopping in a nice store, we give donors an opportunity to make a difference by what they give to the store, we invite the public in to shop and see the great work we’re doing here, and we help sustain our programs with the proceeds.”
The store, opened Tuesday through Saturday,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., is housed in remodeled space at the current Program Services location at 1407
Cobb Parkway North, Marietta.
“We receive wonderful donations that will
continue to benefit our clients and those items sold will also benefit our
clients. We hope our supporters will donate high-end items like designer
clothes, fashionable jewelry, desirable electronics and quality furniture to
further help the store.”
MUST Marketplace donations can be taken to the MUST Donation Center at 55 Chastain Road, Suite 110, Kennesaw, Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.