(Overland Park, Kan.) –– TurnStyles Thrift, a volunteer driven ministry of Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, is hosting an open house on Wednesday, May 23rd from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at its new store located at 11310 West 135th Street, Overland Park, Kansas. Members of the Overland Park Chamber will conduct a ribbon cutting at 4:30 pm, followed by a store blessing by Fr. Jerry Volz, Pastor at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. Light refreshments will be served.
This is the second Overland Park location for TurnStyles Thrift, which directs 100 percent of its proceeds to helping local families in need. The founding store opened at 87th and Farley in 2004 and continues to operate. The new store replaces a smaller Olathe location, which outgrew its space after seven years.
The latest store occupies a 16,600 square foot building situated in a small strip center with ample customer parking. More than 10,000 of that square footage serves as a sales floor for gently used (sometimes new) name brand clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children of all sizes and ages. There is also a large selection of furniture, housewares, home décor and more.
“We are an affordable retail outlet featuring quality merchandise at deeply discounted prices. Our customers range from those who have a limited budget and may not have the means to purchase items at full price, to those who are seeking unusual vintage items,” says Zoran Misic, Director of TurnStyles Operations.
For its vast inventory, TurnStyles relies on community donations. The store’s donation bay is located around the backside of the store. Customers can drive up and easily drop off items Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm. The store also offers scheduled delivery pick-up service for larger items or community garage sales.
Another benefit of the larger space is the increase in on-site volunteer opportunities. Volunteers are needed daily to receive donations, sort and hang clothing, assist at the cash registers and more. “They are crucial to our day-to-day operations,” adds Misic. “We wouldn’t be where we are today without our incredibly loyal and passionate volunteers.”
Although volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to help alone at TurnStyles, children ages 10 and up are encouraged to join their parents for a Saturday family service activity. “Families are often looking for meaningful ways to serve together,” says Kristin Filardo, Volunteer Coordinator. “By helping us get donations out to the sales floor, they’re really helping other families who rely on our thrift store to clothe their children and themselves.”
To learn about volunteer opportunities, or for more information about the store or acceptable items for donation, visit: turnstylesthrift.com