By Ed Albanesi
With apologies to The Eagles, â€œthereâ€™s a new store in town â€¦ everybodyâ€™s talking â€˜bout the new store in town.â€
And whatâ€™s so special about this new store? How about a large stuffed animal for 99 cents? New or gently used logo apparel for 99 cents? Some pretty neat DVD titles for $2.99? Even an antique violin where the asking price is $150?
The new store in town is the Haven Hospice Attic Upscale Resale Store located in the old Mikeeâ€™s building just a few storefronts down from Planet Fitness on U.S. 1 South. And the really cool thing is that every cent of the storeâ€™s net proceeds goes toÂ support unfunded hospice care and programs in the St. Augustine community.
The local Attic is one of five operated by Haven Hospice with the others located in Gainesville, Orange Park, Chiefland and Lake City. It opened in March and word of mouth (and large billboards on U.S. 1 and state Route 207) have brought a steady stream of customers who have discovered a shopping experience a notch above what one ordinarily expects from a â€œthriftâ€ store.
The inventory depends largely on donated items that are scrupulously screened before making their way to the sales floor. Many of the items are new with the original tags still attached. If cleaning and/or refurbishing are necessary, a group of volunteers makes it happen. Many shoppers have commented that the Attic more closely resembles a consignment shop than a thrift store.
â€œI want to sell items that, given the opportunity, I would unhesitatingly purchase for my own family,â€ said Pam Strickland, Attic manager. â€œWhether youâ€™re shopping for furniture, housewares, clothing or jewelry, youâ€™ll probably be able to find something that fits your needs at the Attic.â€
Haven Hospice is always seeking dedicated volunteers to provide support, companionship and assistance to patients and families in St. Augustine. Haven Attic volunteers make a difference by sorting donations, stocking the floor and making friends. Through their hard work, patients and families benefit throughout the Haven Hospice community and those who have challenging economic circumstances have an affordable place to shop.
Haven is also currently looking for volunteer photographers to help with the Haven Legacy Project which involves taking hand portraits of patients, families and friends at no charge to them.
Haven Hospice provides care to individuals diagnosed with a life-limiting illness as well as supportive services to their loved ones. Physical, medical, emotional and spiritual care and support are provided during the last stages of illness for the patient and during bereavement for the family and loved ones.
The Attic is located at 2497 U.S. Hwy 1 South. Hours areÂ 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mondaythrough Saturday. The store is closed on Sundays. Donations are currently being accepted at the storeÂ MondayÂ through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please callÂ 904-417-1337Â for more information.