Summer has faded away and school is back in session. The holidays are just around the corner.
This is the time of the year when Good Neighbor Thrift Store in Navarre is at its peak in terms of business.
“It’s our busiest time for everything,” store manager Cheryl Fromularo said.
School shopping brought a lot of business into the store and now Halloween costumes and decorations appear to be one of the most sought-after items. Fromularo said they have plenty of costumes available.
With Christmas only a few months away, people will soon be out shopping for the holidays, be it gifts or decorations.
Fromularo said donations are always coming in as well and the cycle of donating items and purchases being made benefits the community.
“The community is really making the community a better place. The thrift store is just a conduit for that,” Fromularo said. “Whether it’s helping veterans or it is people finding school clothes, or if someone wants to make a house a home for the holidays, they can find something here.”
Fromularo said the thrift store can be an ideal place to shop for military families because they are on the move often and outfitting a new household. She said the military discount at the store is 10 percent.
The best part about shopping at Good Neighbor, which is located at 9205 Navarre Parkway, is the items are in great condition. Because of the number of donations the store receives, the staff can pick and choose what it keeps to sell.
“We have the luxury of picking and choosing what we sell because we get so much,” Fromularo said. “People are going to be able to come in and find something that is in really good shape.”
The store is part of Navarre United Methodist Church and is open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the week and from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
On the 15th of every month, Good Neighbor hosts a sidewalk sale and everything is 50 percent off. In November, it will have its Black Friday Sale. That is scheduled for Nov. 18, which is the Saturday before Thanksgiving.
Random sales also take place each month, whether it’s 30 percent off furniture or 25 percent off clothing. Anyone interested in finding out more can check out the Good Neighbor Facebook page.
Customers will find almost anything they are looking for when they stop into the store.
Silverware, dishes, glasses, sheets, blankets and even lamps are available in the store as are kitchen appliances, book cases, tables and television stands.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as what a customer can find in the store.
The goal of the store is to meet the needs of the community and Fromularo is always looking for volunteers who would like to take the time to do good for others.
Donations not used in the store are given to Helping Hands, which chooses what it will sell in its stores. The items it does not use are sold to a wholesaler.
And if you can’t seem to find what you are looking for in the store, don’t walk out disappointed.
“Just ask,” Fromularo said. “We may have it but just don’t have the room to put it out on the sales floor yet.”
Good Neighbor Thrift Store
9025 Navarre Parkway
Mon-Fri: 9-4; Sat. 10-2