The building that once was home to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Beaufort Area teen club will reopen this week as a thrift store.
Store profits will benefit the Boys & Girls Club, and allow teenagers who volunteer to learn about working in a retail store, manager Jane Truslow said. It will open Aug. 22 at 1211 Harrington St., and a grand opening and ribbon-cutting will be in September.
The store seeks donations to stock the store, including clothing, furniture, appliances, bedding, dishware, electronics, housewares, plastics, books, lamps, pictures, computers, and lawn and garden items. All donations are tax deductible, and receipts will be issued for donations.
Permanent hours are not set, Truslow said, but the store will be open from about 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during August.
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In 2010, the organization moved the teen center from Harrington Street -- where it had been for five years -- to the main club building at 1100 Boundary St. to save money. The 8,000 square-foot-building was put up for sale.
It costs about $25,000 a year to maintain basic utilities and insurance on the Harrington Street building, and executive director Chris Protz has said the organization hoped to sell it for $350,000.
The organization announced it was in financial straits this summer and launched an aggressive fundraising campaign to stave off program cuts or a temporary closure.
Protz said the building will remain for sale, and the thrift store should help offset costs until then -- and possibly generate additional money for the club.
The Boys & Girls Club of Beaufort was founded in the mid 1980s and has 475 registered members. It provides arts, sports, education and leadership programs year-round for children ages 6 to 18.
For information, to donate or to volunteer, call 843-379-6350.
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