The Village Thrift, now in the old Community Store in Community Square, will be open for drop-off of donations only beginning this week from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
These hours will also apply in the coming weeks, said Felicity Gage, one of the managers, but an opening date for shoppers has not yet been set. Donated items should be clean and in good repair, she said.
Donations can only be brought when the shop is open, she said, and islanders may not leave items on the porch as the Community Square board has asked them to keep the porch clean and clear.
Gage noted that the shop will NOT take the following items: old computer stuff (including printers), unidentified electronic cords, VCRs and tapes, cassettes, old bulky TVs, old stereo components, and anything that doesn’t work or is broken. Phone chargers are OK.
The popular shop has been closed since Sept. 6, 2019, after Hurricane Dorian flooded it in its old location across the street from Community Square.
“The two plus years of no thrift shop has made it very clear how much it’s needed and what a community service and resource it is,” Gage said. “We’re very excited to be on our way to getting Village Thrift up and running again, and big thanks for helping fill it up with ‘new,’ useful, fun stuff.”
For questions about donations, call Gage at 252-928-2799.
Proceeds from the store benefit the Ocracoke Youth Center, which operates the Ocracoke Community Ballfield.