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Donations to F'ville Thrift Shop support Syracuse Symphony Orchestra

Are you searching for a place to give unwanted items?

Consider Encore Thrift Shop, located at 119 Brooklea Drive in Fayetteville. This blue Victorian-styled house, staffed solely by volunteers, provides the chance to donate gently-used clothes and accessories.

All purchases and donations benefit the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, of which Encore is affiliated. It's a non profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing the SSO. The shop opened in December 2005, and since then, volunteers and patrons have helped raise more than $140,000. Tax deductible receipts with a Syracuse Symphony Association letterhead are provided at the time of drop-off.

Encore sales provide an opportunity for people in the community to support the Syracuse Symphony, and "keep the music playing" not only in Syracuse, but throughout the upstate and Central New York region where the SSO performs.

On any given day, shoppers will find popular labels such as Doncaster, Carlisle, Armani, Ann Taylor, Chico's, Talbots, J.Crew, Christian Dior, Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers for both men and women in a variety of sizes, as well as high end accessories and jewelry. The jewelry showcase is stocked with brooches, clip-on and pierced earrings, necklaces and sterling silver pieces all at bargain prices.

The shop also carries fine linens, paintings, prints and china. Donations of greeting cards, books, magazines, glassware, antiques and collectibles are also welcome. The "regulars" pop in every week; donations are received almost daily. Volunteers are on hand to help unload your vehicle, and ample parking is available in the large parking lot adjacent to the building.

Syracuse is a small city in the United States that enjoys a full time, world-class, professional orchestra, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season with national and international guest artists and conductors.

"It has been rewarding to be a part of this successful project which offers our community a place to donate their gently-used items, to make purchases at very reasonable prices, and to support the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra," said co-founder and volunteer Pat Howard. "The volunteers and patrons are committed to assuring the existence of this cultural jewel in Central New York.

The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call the shop at 637-6133.

Fayetteville resident Jean Edminster is a contributing writer to the Eagle Bulletin.

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