The dedicated volunteers who operate the Marcellus United Methodist Church Thrift Shop were recently honored at a luncheon. More than 30 ladies were present, including Earline Hall, one of the founders of the shop.
In the early 1970s Elmina Broadbent, along with volunteers Doris Mathieson, Helen Smith and Hall started the thrift shop in a small storage room at the church. It has expanded, and now also has a storage closet to house the many donations that come in from the generous Marcellus community.
The thrift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and the second Saturday of the month, from September through June, as well as during the Olde Home Days in June. During July and August summer hours are reduced to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A rummage sale is held in the spring and fall to make room for fresh items.
Dick Tabor, a former Marcellus resident, made a miniature model of the thrift shop which he gave to Hall, who has given it to the United Methodist Women for permanent display at the church.
Profits earned from the thrift shop benefit many local charities such as the Marcellus Food Pantry and West Side Ministries in Syracuse, as well as national charities including the Red Bird Mission in Kentucky and UMCOR disaster relief.
The volunteer luncheon promoted several Marcellus business women: it was catered by First Cup Coffee Shop; Pastry caterer Sylvia King made the desserts, and door prizes were from The Chocolate Pizza Company.
Questions regarding the shop may be directed to co-managers Joyce Potucek, (volunteers), 673-1553 or Norma Tuttle, (donations), 673-2772.