God's Thing Thrift Store

God's Thing Thrift Store

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info

United States

#1 Mar 17, 2011
Has anyone noticed everytime you go in anymore all the workers are in the back going threw the good stuff and keeping it, what is funny is it's the ONES that act so rich like they are something.so if your wondering why you dont see anything good anymore or its sold thats why, and they even started bringing in there family to go in the back to get what they want.One of the lady's that work there is having a big yard sale tomorrow(most of the stuff is from there).So I wouldnt never donate it to them I know its a good cause,but I just dont think its right.
wondering

Jonesborough, TN

#2 Mar 17, 2011
where is this yard sale? I would like to see if anything I have donated is there
Bobby

Johnson City, TN

#3 Mar 17, 2011
God is gonna get them!
skylark

Mountain City, TN

#4 Mar 18, 2011
wondering wrote:
where is this yard sale? I would like to see if anything I have donated is there
YEA, me too...where is the yard sale?
Melissa

United States

#5 Mar 18, 2011
Just wondering where the yard sale is and who is having it?
Mandi Pierce

AOL

#7 Mar 18, 2011
Was reading about Damascus and had to respond to this subject---I had a house fire last fall, this store went beyond their duty to help me. The lady I can't remember her name, took me around the store picking out items for me and my kids and took me to the back where several ladies were going thru bags and boxes of donations. They had me wait to see what had come in that week as they had just started separating the good from the stuff not put out. The lady even called me the next week to say she had found my kids sizes of shoes and some extra blankets.
I found the people in the store go beyond the normal scope of helping people. You must remember every one of those women that work work for nothing, no pay and apparently no appreciation from some. I and I am sure many have benefited from their efforts and they probably receive little or no thanks at all. Thank you store for helping me.
Melissa

United States

#8 Mar 18, 2011
Just want to say that I volunteer at the Thrift Store when I get the opportunity. It is a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work. We put in countless hours sorting, hanging, washing, drying, folding, and doing whatever needs to be done. We search for items for fire victims, people that have floods, and just people that just don't have anything. I am not sure who the information person is. But I would just like to invite you to come volunteer with us at the Thrift Store. It isn't something we have to do, but something we do for our community. Oh and by the way, if we do happen to find something we like or that would fit us, we pay for it just the same as anyone else would.
Margie Bowling

Lexington, VA

#9 Mar 19, 2011
I wrote this letter once and for some reason it disappeared so let me address this subject one more time----I can assure you no name individuals that NO ONE and I will repeat myself NO ONE was having or is having a yard sale with stuff from IT'S A GOD THING TOO THRIFT STORE. If any of you concerned about this subject would like to call and address the issue at hand, my number in Abingdon is 3364 and Damascus 3318. The back room as you seem to know so much is our sorting room, the only time we sort in front is when the temps are below freezing as we have no heat in the back. Please feel free to stop in the store and address your concerns in person as any or all our volunteers would be happy to be on hand for you to confront them to their face---actually I have a better idea, come and volunteer and put yourself in their shoes for 12-18 hours per week that some of them do. To also ease your concerns I probably receive more money from volunteers than customers on many occassions. If there is something that you personally wished to purchase and it had sold on it, I'm sure that any or all of the volunteers would glady turn the item over to you for the price THEY PAID. May I remind each and everyone this store is run by volunteers that work as hard as if they were receiving a PAYCHECK. Please come and see what actually goes on behind the scene of having a thrift store for our community. Also I will add which I am very pleased to say the store has made more money for the Food Pantry the past months than ever before. So therefore, Mr or Mrs Info if good stuff isn't being put out and our prices have remained the same, please tell me how this is possible. Again please address your concerns directly to myself or our pastor Gary Ritchie. This store is made possible by volunteers and endless hours of work done by them from their hearts, not your pocketbook. I have had a little time since yesterday to digest this information and it truly amazes me that Damascus has something good for the people and someone has gotten their feathers up and had to go to the gossip column.
puddingtang

Nashville, TN

#10 Mar 19, 2011
Mandi Pierce wrote:
Was reading about Damascus and had to respond to this subject---I had a house fire last fall, this store went beyond their duty to help me. The lady I can't remember her name, took me around the store picking out items for me and my kids and took me to the back where several ladies were going thru bags and boxes of donations. They had me wait to see what had come in that week as they had just started separating the good from the stuff not put out. The lady even called me the next week to say she had found my kids sizes of shoes and some extra blankets.
I found the people in the store go beyond the normal scope of helping people. You must remember every one of those women that work work for nothing, no pay and apparently no appreciation from some. I and I am sure many have benefited from their efforts and they probably receive little or no thanks at all. Thank you store for helping me.
Do you still need some things? If so, what is it and I'll help if I can. Do you have a cousin named Tina?
Mandi Pierce

AOL

#11 Mar 23, 2011
Finally a day off and thank you for offering to help, but thank goodness my parents came in with a whole truck load of stuff for us about a month after the fire. I do not have a cousin Tina, I do have a Teresa but most of my relatives live in the Carolinas...

I have found out that we need to wear many hats at times and those helping me will be blessed for their kindness. I only hope that I can pass it on to others. Thank you again.
ordinary

Mountain City, TN

#12 Mar 23, 2011
Margie Bowling wrote:
I wrote this letter once and for some reason it disappeared so let me address this subject one more time----I can assure you no name individuals that NO ONE and I will repeat myself NO ONE was having or is having a yard sale with stuff from IT'S A GOD THING TOO THRIFT STORE. If any of you concerned about this subject would like to call and address the issue at hand, my number in Abingdon is 3364 and Damascus 3318. The back room as you seem to know so much is our sorting room, the only time we sort in front is when the temps are below freezing as we have no heat in the back. Please feel free to stop in the store and address your concerns in person as any or all our volunteers would be happy to be on hand for you to confront them to their face---actually I have a better idea, come and volunteer and put yourself in their shoes for 12-18 hours per week that some of them do. To also ease your concerns I probably receive more money from volunteers than customers on many occassions. If there is something that you personally wished to purchase and it had sold on it, I'm sure that any or all of the volunteers would glady turn the item over to you for the price THEY PAID. May I remind each and everyone this store is run by volunteers that work as hard as if they were receiving a PAYCHECK. Please come and see what actually goes on behind the scene of having a thrift store for our community. Also I will add which I am very pleased to say the store has made more money for the Food Pantry the past months than ever before. So therefore, Mr or Mrs Info if good stuff isn't being put out and our prices have remained the same, please tell me how this is possible. Again please address your concerns directly to myself or our pastor Gary Ritchie. This store is made possible by volunteers and endless hours of work done by them from their hearts, not your pocketbook. I have had a little time since yesterday to digest this information and it truly amazes me that Damascus has something good for the people and someone has gotten their feathers up and had to go to the gossip column.
Right on Margie!!!

TOW

“Larry Riddle”

Since: Apr 08

Damascus, Va

#13 Mar 23, 2011
info wrote:
Has anyone noticed everytime you go in anymore all the workers are in the back going threw the good stuff and keeping it, what is funny is it's the ONES that act so rich like they are something.so if your wondering why you dont see anything good anymore or its sold thats why, and they even started bringing in there family to go in the back to get what they want.One of the lady's that work there is having a big yard sale tomorrow(most of the stuff is from there).So I wouldnt never donate it to them I know its a good cause,but I just dont think its right.
Horse phooey! These people go beyond their earthly duty to help people in this community. Why don't you go down there and give them a hand instead of griping about something you have no idea of what you are talking about. Then if you have evidence of it come back and tell us about it.

Just because you think it so don't make it so.......
GuyWhoKnows

Mount Morris, MI

#14 Mar 26, 2011
Margie's one hot lady. I'd love to have some fun with her in the back of the shop some time.
Katie

Damascus, VA

#15 Mar 26, 2011
It's A God Thing Thrift Store volunteers go beyond their duties to help everyone out. They would do anything for anybody. I'm a member of One Way, and everybody that attends One Way Ministries are wonderful people. Each and every one of us would give you the shirt off our backs. I'm sure they would love to have more volunteers. It's not because they have to, but because they want to. They want to do it for the community, they want to do it for God. GuyWhoKnows, this isn't about you thinking Margie is hot. Margie is a beautiful lady and is one of the sweetest ladies I know. That was uncalled for. God Bless Each And Every One Of You!
ordinary

Mountain City, TN

#16 Mar 28, 2011
GuyWhoKnows wrote:
Margie's one hot lady. I'd love to have some fun with her in the back of the shop some time.
You simpleton, Margie is a good christian women.
BEN

Mountain City, TN

#17 Mar 28, 2011
GuyWhoKnows wrote:
Margie's one hot lady. I'd love to have some fun with her in the back of the shop some time.
I cannot believe you had to put this comment regarding Margie on here, but now that I see it, I feel the need to respond. I have known this lady for many years and have to say I think she is beautiful inside and out. Anytime I have seen her in town, the grocery store or anywhere, ballgames (yrs.ago) it was like people flocked to her. That smile and personality is amazing. There are people that can make you feel good just by saying hello and stopping to chat a minute or two. She's the kind that if someone is broke down along side of the road, she'll stop, She's the kind that I remember years ago taking the side of a child that others were so easily putting down and letting the kid spill his food and no one going over and helping him because he was from the wrong side of town. I also know shes the kind that doesn't take things and put them to the side like addressing this issue with her name on it. I know that the store in town is a gift to this community thru the church associated with the Food Pantry. She and other ladies work really hard at achieving a nice little thrift store. I have visited there on occassion and even donated and you would think I was giving new expensive merchandise by the way I am thanked and told how much they appreciated just the fact that I thought of them. Margie is a leader along with these other ladies there and one thing in that letter they are volunteers working from the heart not the pocketbook.

and Yes, way to go Margie you tell it like it is....Too many stand back and be slandered, turning the other cheek till things get out of hand...Glad you addressed the issue.
menotyou

Santa Clara, CA

#18 Mar 29, 2011
ordinary wrote:
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You simpleton, Margie is a good christian women.
I'm far from a simpleton, and I know Margie is a good Christian woman. That being said, I still stand by my previous statement.

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