Thrift shop remodeled in Felton
by Joe Shreve
Apr 18, 2013 | 1847 views | 6 6 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Felton's Hayley Ward (right) and other locals shop at the newly renovated Abbott's Thrift, Antiques and Collectibles.
Felton's Hayley Ward (right) and other locals shop at the newly renovated Abbott's Thrift, Antiques and Collectibles.
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Abbott's Thrift's house cat Miss Kitty (a.k.a. Momma Cat) observes the goings on at the newly refurbished facility in Felton.
Abbott's Thrift's house cat Miss Kitty (a.k.a. Momma Cat) observes the goings on at the newly refurbished facility in Felton.
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On Monday, April 8, the Abbot’s Thrift, Antique and Collectibles store in Felton re-opened its doors following a two-week spring cleaning and remodeling.

According to the manager of the nonprofit store, Rhonda Reed Buchfuehrer, the interior was stripped and old merchandise was donated, recycled or stowed in storage as crews remodeled the space.

During the two-week closure in the last week of March and the first week of April, a paid crew swabbed what the manager described as 40 years of dust, dirt and cobwebs from the rafters and ducts of the cavernous facility, that was previously a bowling alley.

“A major cleanup is what it amounted to,” she said.

Volunteers from St. Lawrence Orthodox Church, the owner of the building, added a handicapped-accessible dressing room and opened up space on the sales floor with the removal of a couple of half walls that served no purpose.

Reed Buchfuehrer said the volunteer workers gave the entire building several fresh coats of paint to make everything brighter.

In the weeks leading up to the closure, she said, the store cleared out as much stock as possible, with the goal of having a fresh batch ready for the grand reopening.

“We wanted to start with all-new merchandise,” Reed Buchfuehrer said.

She said that the store, which is independent from St. Lawrence Orthodox Church, was fortunate to have so many volunteers and low-cost work crews.

“The dollars and cents pay utilities and salaries,” Reed Buchfuehrer said.

She said hidden costs of running the nonprofit, such as the expense of hauling away broken and unusable items, eat away at the budget.

“We spend a sizeable amount of money at the dump,” she said.

Reed Buchfuehrer said being a nonprofit organization means the store is bound by health code laws and regulations about what it can accept — particularly in regard to children’s toys.

She asked that donors consider the functionality of items before donating them and take items such as printers and televisions without flat screens, which are rarely purchased, to an e-waste facility. Toys with broken parts, or that are dirty cannot be resold.

The less money the store spends on unsellable items, Reed Buchfuehrer said, the more it can direct toward charitable causes.

“We try to do as much as we can in this valley,” she said.

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JHA
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April 19, 2013
I wish the Abbot would open more of their parking lot at night. It's a neighborly thing to do to support other local establishments that are open at that time.
felton78
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April 23, 2013
And give the increasing local homeless and transient population a place to camp? Sorry don't think its a good idea. Maybe if we had law enforcement in the area that would crack down on people simply parking and using drugs in plain site.

Then there is the issue of people dumping or "donating" garbage after hours. I think it is best to keep the lot closed at night.

If there were a large community event I'm sure the abbots and other business would make parking available if they were simply asked.
JHA
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April 24, 2013
felton78, I don't see an issue with homeless & transit population camping at any of the other parking lots.

Put off Customer
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April 19, 2013
It's going to take more than a cleaning and dusting for me to return to this store. As a long time local shopper I've experienced the new management to be rude and unfriendly. Their prices have been going up. Goodwill will now get my donations.
Theryl
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April 19, 2013
... because Goodwill is SO much better?!
felton78
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April 23, 2013
Good plan lets take our donations to Scotts Valley or Santa Curz… NOT!!!

Are there even any SLV organizations benefit regularly from good will?


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