Summer is a great time to hit the beach. It’s also a great time to donate to the Good Neighbor Thrift Store in Navarre.
This is the time of the year when donations seem to be at their highest and a perfect time for people to come in and shop.
“People are moving and others are cleaning out their closets and getting rid of stuff. Our donations are off the chart,” store manager Cheryl Fromularo said. “It’s a bonus time for people who want to do their shopping ahead of time before the school year begins.”
Located at 9205 Navarre Parkway, the thrift store is overflowing with everything from clothing and toys to furniture and books, there are always certain items it’s looking for, especially at this time of the year.
The store is always looking for donations of bicycles, particularly for adults, and beach items are also a sought-after item and Good Neighbor will gladly welcome donations of items such as boogie boards, floats, snorkel gear and beach furniture.
The store is also always looking for sporting goods like balls and hand weights or even old uniforms. In fact, last fall, the coach of a pee wee football team in need was able to find 15 pairs of padded football pants for his team.
“The team was so happy,” Fromularo said. “They bought all of the pairs of pants for $10.”
VHS players and tapes are also always welcome donations because grandparents are often looking for replacement players after theirs no longer work as a way to keep young grandchildren entertained while they are in town for a visit.
For students looking for items to bring to college for their dorms or apartments, the thrift store is a go-to spot to find them at a reasonable price.
Silverware, dishes, glasses, sheets, blankets and even lamps are available at the store and donations of those items are always being accepted.
“We’ll even sell you the light bulb for .25 cents apiece,” Fromularo said. “We even have a bunch of George Foreman grills.”
Kitchen appliances and furniture items such as book cases, tables and television stands are also popular items among customers and the store could always use more donations of those items.
The best part for the customers is they know they are buying items that work and are in great condition.
“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.
It is the goal of the store to meet the needs of the community and Fromularo is always looking for volunteers who want to take time to do good for others.
Donations not used in the store are now given to Helping Hands, which chooses what it will sell in its stores and the items it does not use are sold to a wholesaler.
It’s worth keeping in mind that each month on the 15th, a sale takes place at the store in which all items are 50 percent off. The next sale is slated for July 15.
And if a customer can’t seem to find something he or she is looking for?
“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