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Local thrift store provides funding, necessity items for those in need

Posted: August 11, 2011 2:24 p.m.
Updated: August 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Are you changing the décor of your bedroom or kitchen? Do you have a closet full of clothes you don’t always wear?

Second Look, a thrift store that supports Christian Community Ministries (CCM) with its proceeds, may be able to offer some assistance.

“Even if you have a gift from Great Aunt Suzy that you know you’ll never use, we’ll take it, and we’ll never tell it was from you!” Jackie DeLozier said, laughing. DeLozier, manager of Second Look, said she enjoys being a part of the organization.

“You meet so many people,” she said.

According to DeLozier, Second Look is not just an average thrift store.

“We have people from all walks of life come through here to browse,” she said. “We have all ranges of customers from local to out-of-town.”

The store offers a wide variety of donated items at discount prices and has helped some people in Camden “go green.”

“It’s becoming more popular to consider the environment when making decisions,” DeLozier said. “It’s not uncommon for ladies to come in with bags of things to donate and then walk out with a new bag of things that she’s purchased. It makes economic and environmental sense to recycle.”

Second Look will celebrate its fourth year of operation in September. The store is located at 1010 Broad St., Camden and open Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchases can be made with cash or debit card.

Second Look accepts more than just clothing as donations. It will also take in dishes, linens and small household goods. Donations accepted include everything from small kitchen items, like dishes or decorative pieces to handbags, shoes and small pieces of furniture.

“We typically can’t take furniture because we just don’t have the space,” DeLozier said. “If it’s small, like an end table we can, but chairs and sofas are just too big.”

Unfortunately, DeLozier said Second Look does not sell toys, stuffed animals or baby furniture. On the other hand, all donations that can’t be sold are donated to Third World countries.

The next upcoming event at Second Look is its annual Bag Sale which will be held the first Wednesday through Friday in September.

“This is when we take all our summer clothes off the racks and pull out all of our fall clothes,” DeLozier said.

During the Bag Sale, everything that can fit into a provided bag at Second Look will only cost $5.

“We have a lot of fun with it,” DeLozier said.

All proceeds from Second Look go directly back into the Kershaw County community, mainly through CCM. CCM of Kershaw County is a Christian nonprofit organization that houses a food pantry and offers other services to help local families in need during unexpected crisis. CCM is supported by Second Look, Kershaw County churches and contributions from individuals, businesses and other nonprofit organizations around the community.

“We work very well with the other agencies and organizations town,” Gail Blake, CCM director said.

Blake said proceeds from Second Look have been used for LIFT programs, community housing projects and Meals on Wheels for local seniors.

Blake also said individuals with emergency situations can receive clothing and other necessary items from Second Look with a voucher. CCM provides the vouchers to those in need and to other agencies with referrals. Vouchers are not given out at Second Look.

Blake hopes to soon be able to offer a partial scholarship with some of the Second Look proceeds.

“The scholarship will be offered to a sophomore at Central Carolina Technical College,” Blake said. “The student will have to be a full time student and a resident of Kershaw County. It’s very important to us to keep the money in the community.”

In April, CCM also began offering budget counseling sessions for those in need.

“It’s not debt consolidation,” Kim James, CCM treasurer said. “It’s free budget counseling.”

Kim asks for those interested in setting up a meeting to call 432-1441 and bring a list of all debts and monthly income to start a session. The sessions take place at the CCM office, located in the rear of the United Way Building.

“More than 50 people have received our help so far,” James said, “and I know of at least two that have gone from being in debt to saving money. It’s very rewarding.”

For more information about Second Look or to volunteer, call 432-0730. To learn more about CCM, visit www.ccmkershawcounty.org.

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