Friday, March 29, 2013

Arc Thrift Store Finds New Home, Grand Opening is April 8

Area bargain hunters will have a new destination this spring when The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming's Finders Keepers thrift shop reopens at its new location on the corner of Main and State Streets in Mount Morris.

Finders Keepers' Crystal Smith
packs for the big move.
The Arc will hold a grand reopening at 10:00am Monday, April 8 at Finders Keepers' new store at 47 Main Street, Mount Morris.  Previously located at 86 Main Street, Finders Keepers is part of The Arc's Hilltop Industries business services program, and employs approximately 10 individuals with developmental disabilities in customer service, inventory, and maintenance positions.  

The 3,500 square foot showroom in the former NAPA store features new customer amenities such as off-street parking, better wheelchair access, and an open concept floor plan for clutter-free shopping.  Store workers' independence is also improved by the store's proximity to Hilltop's main hub at 3 State Street, which is now just a short walk away.

"The new location has a lot to offer," says Judy Welch, Hilltop's Coordinator of Vocational Services.  "Its parking area makes it easier to load large items and accept donations.  And we are in the heart of Mount Morris' 'antique row,' alongside other great shops as part of this community's unique, collaborative shopping experience."

Angie Sutton helps prepare the
new Finders Keepers store.
To celebrate the store reopening, all items will be discounted by 10 percent on April 8 only, and the first 20 customers will each receive a $5 gift certificate.  Local officials will join workers and staff for the festivities, and refreshments will be served.

An official ribbon cutting will commence shortly after 10:00am, led by Finders Keepers worker Barney Pedraza, who recently earned a Bronze Medal for Alpine Skiing at the 2013 Special Olympics World Games in South Korea.

Finders Keepers sells gently used furniture, small appliances, clothing, home decorations, holiday items, books, and sporting goods, with new items arriving daily.  All proceeds are used to enhance work programs for people with disabilities in the local area through The Arc, a 501(c)(3) private, not-for-profit agency.  For sales, coupons, and store news, visit

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