Thrift shop sale benefits community |

Thrift shop sale benefits community

by Amy Alonzo
Helping Hands Thrift Shop manager Mary Marquez hangs an ornament on an artificial tree for sale at the store.
Amy Alonzo |

Carson Valley residents have the opportunity to finish their holiday decorating while helping the community.

All Christmas items at Helping Hands Antique Thrift Shop in Gardnerville are 50 percent off this week, and next week items will be 75 percent off. The store is an extension ministry of the Carson Valley United Methodist Church, and 100 percent of the shop’s profits are returned to the community

Last year about $50,000 was donated to area organizations, store manager Mary Marquez said.

Some of the organizations that benefit from the shop’s proceeds are the Douglas County Animal Shelter, Carson Valley Community Theatre, Carson Valley Museum and Douglas County Mental Health.

“Shop here and you’re helping the local community,” Marquez said. “That’s our sole purpose.”

Some of the seasonal items featured at the store include artificial trees, ornaments and holiday-themed clothing.

“It’s like one-stop shopping for Christmas,” she added. “You can get decorations and presents. We’re kind of like the second-hand Walmart.”

On Monday, Carolina Segerer of Gardnerville was browsing through the store. Segerer said she has been a regular shopper at the thrift store for about six years.

“Prices are good,” she said.

Located at 1418 Industrial Way, Helping Hands Thrift Store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Donations are accepted from 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.