Thrift store will support senior center programs
SNOHOMISH - The Snohomish Senior Center will open a thrift store next month called Fabulously Frugal Thrift Shop at 611 Second St.
The proceeds from the store’s sales will go toward senior center programs.
The store will be “the Nordstrom Rack of thrift stores,” city economic development manager Debbie Emge said. It also will rely on volunteers for a large portion of its staff, she said.
The location is near the city’s many antique and vintage shops.
“I’m surprised that Snohomish hasn’t had a traditional thrift store before,” Emge said. “It will be a great match for our community.”
The 3,600-square-foot shop also will offer a cafe, so people can enjoy a coffee and a sandwich, she said.
Senior center director Bob Dvorak said a successful garage sale in April was “a precursor to the good things to come from our new thrift shop.” Center volunteers spread the word about the store and got a lot of positive feedback, he said.
The idea came out of necessity — the center’s membership has grown 24 percent since last July, and it currently serves about 600 members and offers 60 different programs each month, Dvorak said.
“It’s important that we continue to serve our senior population with popular programs that engage and keep them active in mind and body,” Dvorak said.
By STEPHANIE KOSONEN
Published April 25, 2012