Monday, December 31, 2007
I rarely ever do but this year I have made just one.
To become more tolerate of the ignorate people of this world.You may take this anyway you wish. But to me it just means I'm going to have more patience and tolerance for those that don't have a clue about what's going on in the world around them.
Happy New Year
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Read previous post to get the rules.
- One thing that wasn't mentioned earlier. Don't leave things when we are not there. They will get damaged by the elements. And if we don't see you leave then we can't give you a receipt. So if you drop everything before 11 and then come back. You will not get a receipt. We have to see you and your donations in order to give you a receipt.
Hours for Monday are different than the normal Monday. WE WILL BE TAKING DONATIONS FROM11 AM TO 5PM ONLY!!!
We shut donations down at 5 to allow staff to clean up the back and process the incoming donations before leaving for the night. Please, please don't show up at 5:10 and ask us to bend the rules. Once we take yours we'll have 6 more cars pull up and want us to take donations and we have to stop somewhere. thanks you for understanding.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Don't wait until the last minute.
Here are your last 2 days to donate to get that tax receipt for 2007.
Today Saturday Dec 29 from 11 to 3
Monday Dec 31st 11 to 5
I can't stress enough to get here before our shut off time. If you come a minute after the shut off time, YOU ARE TOO LATE. I'm sorry but we have to stop some time.
I also reserve the right to shut donations down early if I get too overwhelmed. This only happens when I run out of places to store things until I can process them.
A few last minute rules.
- take a receipt - even if you think you don't need it. If you come back to me next year and say you forgot- I'm sorry for you. but the 2 areas I do not mess with are the courts and the IRS. I DO NOT BACK DATE RECEIPTS.
-you need to fill in name, address and date and leave me the yellow copy inorder to be valid.
- Please don't come before 11. Staff gets in early in the morning to process the day's before donations and get ready for that day. Please plan your day accordingly.
-I am not taking any furniture at this time. I simply do not have room. If you don't beleive me walk into the middle of the store and look at the mountain of bedspreads we have. I few other things we get dumped on us that are not sellable are toys,monitors,baby equipment and exercise equipment. There is a whole list on our website of what we take and don't take.
Thanks for adhering to our guidelines.
See you soon.
Thursday, December 27, 2007
I just rec'd a huge shipment of linens from a local hotel. (The hotel did renovations and changed all their colors)
I have literally hundreds of bedspreads, sheets, pilowcases.All in good used condition.
Bedspreads $2 each
Blankets $3 each - these were going fast yesterday.These are the nice velour blankets
Flat and fitted sheets - each sheet is only .50
Pillow cases are .25 each.
These are priced really cheap. So you are going to pay the same price whether you buy 2 or 200.
As soon as I can find my camera, I'll post a pix of the mountain of bedspreads we have sitting on sales floor. That doesn't include the ones sitting in storage.
Think outside the box. Other uses for these items include dropclothes, furniture coverings, animal box liners. There are endless uses for these and this price. Get them now before they are all gone.
FYI - We sent tons to the area shelters, emergency folks and churchs. this is what's left.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Our neighbor in Ashburn, The Fire department holds a breakfast each month to raise money and they need these for the families coming in to eat.
If you have any please bring to thrift store. I know they will appreciate it.
Make sure you tell staff these are for the fire Department in Ashburn or they won't accept.
The 1st piece of the wizard is from Kirk's Folly. The 2nd pin with the 4 bees is marked Joan Rivers. Both of these designers sell alot on QVC.
Both pins are marked $25.00.
They will be at the thrift store after 1 oclock today (Friday dec 21st)
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Mark Gunderman along with the entire board of directors for GSA never see a cent of GSA money. This working board is entirely volunteer. They guide us along the path each of us has been led to follow.
Where is your heart leading you this Season?
FYI- Even with all the uproar in the past several months, I still would not trade my job for anyone else's. My heart leads me but my brain tells me when to shut up.
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Check out http://www.nationalhomeless.org/getinvolved/projects/memorial/index.html
to find what is happening in your area to recognize the lives lost of those living on the street.
Ask your local county for a list of those names. If they can't provide, ask why.
Take time to say a prayer this Christmas season for all those who are living on the streets. There are more people than you think, living in cars,parks, etc. THEY ARE IN EVERY COMMUNITY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. Don't be fooled into thinking your community is exempt. Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they aren't there. And ask yourself. WWJD .
Check them out at http://www.securethecall.org/.
Their website has a FAQ page. It will answer all your questions. Main thing is, if you no longer are using the phone, switch the service to you new phone or have it discontinued.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Here's an update on things we don't take
- baby things - cribs,scrollers,car seats, etc
-computer monitors unless they are flat panel
-TV's larger than 19" and over 5 years old.
-toys unless brand new still in package
these are in addition to the items we have already listed on the thrift store website donation page. http://www.loudounhomeless.org/whatwetake/
Have a happy shopping day.
Take time to ARK
Saturday, December 15, 2007
There are 10 shopping days left till Christmas.
Is your christmas shopping done?
Here's some suggestions to make it easier.
- Stop the Thrift Store - pick out a gift from our selection of "a greater gift items" these are items purchase from Serrv and all support the Fair Trade Organization. I have bags of gilt for 4.75 that might seem like a lot but it's you can feel good knowing you have not supported slave labor of any kind. There are a number of jewelry items left. After today I don't expect much to be left. So hurry in early.
- another suggestion is the alternative gift fair at St Gabriels http://www.saintgabriels.net/AGF-2007/index.htm. You can make a donation as a gift on someones behalf.
-it's a little late to order online but if you do make sure you use goodsearch.com as your entry into the shop. Specify Good Shepherd and we get a contribution from the company when you order. They also have a search engine and every time you search we get a penny. Think about how many times you search a day.
Have a good shopping day and remember ARK , Be kind to the retail store clerks.
Friday, December 14, 2007
Have fun shopping. Over the last week I've put 10 totes full of items (mainly christmas) out on the floor.
PS. Dont forget to check out "the greater gift" items they are selling fast. These are good quality products made my individuals that are paid a fair wage and a fair amount for their goods. (They are what I call "feel good items". You're helping individuals oversees who are living in poverty and at the same time you are helping those in need in this county. It's a win-win buy.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
The sun is made from a recylced oil drum lid. Price is $55.00
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
HERE'S A FEW SIMPLE RULES:
1. EVEN IF YOU DON'T THINK YOU'LL NEED A RECEIPT - GET ONE. WE DO NOT BACK DATE RECEIPTS FOR ANY REASON.
2. WE HAVE HOURS POSTED. WE ISSUE RECEIPTS ONLY DURING THOSE HOURS. IF YOU DROP STUFF BEFORE OR AFTER HOURS, WE HAVE NO WAY OF KNOWING THAT YOU WERE HERE. STUFF LEFT BEFORE AND AFTER HOURS WILL GET DAMAGED BY THE ELEMENTS OR STOLEN.
3.IF WE DON'T ACCEPT THE ITEM YOU ARE DROPPING OFF (E.G.TOYS) YOU CANNOT CLAIM THEM ON YOUR TAXES.
4. PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR ITEMS WE DO AND DO NOT CARRY. BEFORE UNLOADING ANY FURNITURE ASK AN ASSOCIATE IF WE ARE ACCEPTING FURNITURE.
Donation hours are as follows.
Mon- Thurs 11am to 6:30 pm
Frid-Sat 11am to 3pm
Please don't come at 4pm on Sat and ask us to take. We set these hours for a reason. We still have to process everything that comes in and clean the back area up.
HERE'S THE EXCEPTION TO THE DONATION HOURS. ON DEC 24TH WE WILL BE OPEN FOR DONATIONS FROM 11AM TO 3PM.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON DEC 25TH -DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS
DEC 31ST WE WILL BE OPEN UNTIL 5PM FOR DONATIONS. WE WILL BE SHUTTING THE STORE DOWN AT 7PM.
WE WILL BE CLOSED ON JAN 1 2008
THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF US
Today's sale is on Coats - All are 1/2 off they are marked. This discount includes leather suede and fur. But you must hav copy of the blog in order to get discount.
Monday, December 10, 2007
today's sale is on lighting fixtures, ,lamps and lamp shades.
Here's the pricing:
Lamp shades are $2 each.
The rest of my lamps are 1/2 price marked.
You must print out this section of the blog in order to get this price.
this sale price expires at close of business today.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Our Board Member James Thrash has donated 2 tickets to this game. They are lower level tickets and there are 2 tickets.
$10 buys you a chance on the pair.
Thrift Store has tickets for sale. Hurry drawing is being done on DEC 15th.
Ever want to find out more about GSA volunteer opportunities at our shelters?
Ever want to find out what exactly a DROP-IN Center does?
Ever want to see how our administrative office works?
All these question ,can be answered next week, when GSA opens it's doors for a Holiday Open House. Friday Dec 14th from 2pm-5pm. Come visit GSA at it's Sycolin Road address and see what all the excitement is all about.
Now is the time to get all your question's answered. Stop wondering and stop by, talk with all the employees and feel their passion.
For more information about Open House or GSA you can always call the TS but why not call the office directly 703-433-2631
I am selling my handbags,purse and wallets for $2 each -EXCEPT FOR THOSE BEHIND MY CHECKOUT COUNTER.
You must mention this blog since this sale is not advertised in the store.
Check back every day to see what sale item is for the day.
this sale was valid only on Saturday Dec 8 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
- the really big dinner plates - these all have a very colorful fish theme around the rim
-bread and butter plates - 4 different solid colors - orange,blue,green, yellow
-big pasta bowls
-a ton of small and regular size oval casseroles
-wire bread baskets
-huge oval platters
-small soup cups
There are some pieces that have not been used at all and still sitting in boxes.
If you own a restaurant- now's the time to come shopping. the most expensive piece is the platter at $2. Most everything else is .99 each
The theme of these revolves around fish and the colors used are orange, blue, green, yellow.
Come soon they won't last long.
Well it's finally happened. The first real snow of the season. Of course comes with this are all the accidents that happen. Folks it's simple.
Slow down and pay attention.
I spent 10 years driving around Syracuse, NY where there average anowfall is 200 inches. And that's just from Oct thru April.
The one thing I learned is to slow way down.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Cost for each book and cartridge is $5
My First LeapPad- Leap to the moon –doesn’t require cartridge
All these below have book and cartridge
Leap Frog Little Touch
Leap Frog – Smart Guide to Kindergarten
Leap Pad Microphone Enhanced k-1st Grade – Hop on Pop
Leap 3 Geography The Seven Continents
LeapPad Plus Writing 1st grade Brainy Briny Math Games- spongebob – no pencil
Leap’sPond Activity and Game Book. X 2
Quantum Pad Above & Beyond Series – Making Movies
Quantum Pad Above & Beyond Series Magic School Bus Lost in the Solar System
REMEMBER you must already own a LeapFrog machine to use these books. There are no returns.
Store hours are 11-7 Mon-Sat 20921 Davenport Drive Sterling Suite 113 Sterling VA 20165 703-444-5956.
You must come to Thrift Store to purchase. Cash Required. Tax of 5% is added to final price.
Pix shows all the books we have for sale in one bucket.there are 24 Sorry I didn't have time to do each individually.
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Shown are Lucinda House Pins. They sell for $10 each and make great gifts. This is all I have left. The women who started this company was herself homeless. she was living in a shelter and wanted to give something back to those who had helped her so she started making pins to sell. It's now a very successful company. She only sells to nonprofits who use the pins to raise cash. We got these from one of the local service clubs. And this is what I have left. The are ONE OF A KIND. there are no 2 pins alike , they are all handmade.
The colors are richk and vibrant. stop in today and pick up yours before they are all gone.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Holiday Open House is coming Dec 7th from 3-6 at the Thrift Store. It's a perfect time for everyone to stop by and see what we're all about.There will be refreshments served.
To the right is the display in our window with some of the Christmas we have for sale. I'll be binging a ton more from Storage in the next week. By next Friday I will be loaded with Christmas.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
In case you didn't guess, he's not real just don't tell him that.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
The Nolan Miller Necklace set shown above with the 3 hearts, sold today (11/29/07)
If you love jewelry, now is the time to come shopping at GSA. I've just priced and put out all new jewelry. All the old stuff got bagged up and is selling in bulk lots. There are tons of jewelry items to pick from. I have a mess of jewelry findings that you can make earrings out of. These are bagged in lots and are currently selling for $10 each. I had a blast pricing this stuff and putting it out.
Stop and see us. BTW if you have jewelry you aren't wearing anymore bag it up and bring it on in. These kind of items don't take up alot of space but they do sell very well.
See you soon
Sunday, November 25, 2007
If you missed it, you missed a 50% off sale that lasted 2 days. We go back to regular pricing on Monday.
Speaking of Monday if your a jewelry buyer, I've got a ton of jewelry that I'm pricing over the weekend. Nice quality stuff just in time for your holiday gift giving needs.
Speaking of holiday's did you know we get a bunch of brand new items every week. These are perfect for gift giving. If they are brand new in the box you can look for them behind the counter.
If you a jewelry maker I have about 14 bags filled with earring parts. Labeled "Made in India. I think they might be silver but I can't tell. I know they tarnish when they are left out of their bags.
Thanks again for supporting us and finding a bargin along the way.
Friday, November 23, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Why is this week so important?
According to National Alliance to End Homelessness(NAEH) more than 650,000 people EVERY NIGHT have no place to live. Did you know that only half of those are adults, that means the other half are CHILDREN. Imagine 325,000 kids across the US are living on the street.
According to the NAEH, the number one cause of homelessness is lack of affordable housing.
I work everyday to try and help those in need. This thrift store gives away thousands of dollars a year in free clothing,household and furniture to those in need. We do not get reimbursed by anyone. We do it as part of our mission.
This holiday season look into your hearts and find away to help those who have less. You don't have to give away millions (although that would be nice) to make a difference. Every dollar counts.
Here's wishing each of you has a wonderful and happy holiday season.
I just wanted to give our thanksgiving Hours
Wed Nov 22nd Store will be open until 5pm with donation hours shutting off a 3pm
Closed on Nov 23rd - Thursday - thanksgiving day
On Friday Nov 24th we open at 9am and will be open until 7pm - Donations are from 11-3
Saturday's hours go back to normal 11-7 with donations from 11-3
Call the store if I've confused you.
Friday, November 16, 2007
I just price and put a couple dozen really nice fancy christmas stockings. I have the regular size and the small size that can be used for employee stockings or angel stockings. thanks to one of my staff members I have a ton of bagged christmas cards. check with us 1st before you buy christmas cards. I have plenty. And they are nice quality and very nicely priced.
I unloaded some of my christmas storage and put out some really nice christmas decorations.
I do have an urgent need for coats.So clean your closets of winter things and bring'm on in.
Tommorrow being Saturday means a huge amount of donations incoming. Remember Saturday donation hours are from 11-3.
Here's a partial list of some of the things I priced and put out. This should tell you the kinds of things we get in.
-priced 3 DEPT 56 Dickens Village Houses
-Lenox 2 pc christmas candleholder
-beautiful Cherry colored Lowboy
-baby size stockings
-foil christmas tree pans
-several pfzaltgrah canisters - beige with blue print
Tommorrow I should be pricing and putting stuff out all day. There's a lot of stuff ready to be moved on out to the sales floor.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I'll add some pix as soon as we get a good display going.
And thanks for being patient with us. The store is a bit of a wreck since the auction last week. Which by the way was very successful. Thanks to all that attended.
We are working hard every day to put the store back in proper shape. If you have spare time. Come spend some time with us. We welcome all who want to give of their time.
Hey, if I don't get a chance have a good weekend. bundle it's going to get cold - Did I mention we have coats?
Remember this Sat in DC is the annual Fannie Mae Walk for the Homeless.
Mary - GSA Thrift Store Manager
Monday, August 20, 2007
Welcome to the Thrift store main page. This page is all about stuff we have in the Thrift store in Sterling. If you've never been to the Good Shepherd Thrift store then you want to make a point to stop. There is 5800 sq ft of items to choose from.
We get donations daily and with a one day turn around on most things coming in your sure to find new ttreasures daily.
Right now the store is featuring school supplies. We still have a lot of supplies for you to buy for your kids going back to school.
This blog will be updated as I get time.
But for now stop in and check us out.
GSA Thrift store Manager