Washington column for July 18

Thrift Shop’s hard-working Ladies

Some of the volunteers at the Ladies Auxiliary $5 Bag Sale last week were (from left) Shirley Franey, Louise Bondelid, Loretta Brazill and Mary Collins. Photos by Jan Clatterbuck.
Some of the volunteers at the Ladies Auxiliary $5 Bag Sale last week were (from left) Shirley Franey, Louise Bondelid, Loretta Brazill and Mary Collins. Photos by Jan Clatterbuck.

Last week, the Thrift Shop, operated by the Washington Ladies Auxiliary, had a $5 bag sale at the Washington fire hall that went through last Saturday (July 13). Lots of folks took advantage of the sale and of the shop’s extensive offerings of clothing, household items and more.

I was amazed to see the fire hall filled with so many items. Even I couldn’t resist the temptation to browse through the dishes. You could tell that long hours and hard work went into this sale. These ladies outdid themselves getting it together.

The Thrift Shop is right beside the fire department, and although it’s not a part of the Washington Volunteer Fire and Rescue, some of the ladies are WVFR members and all the Auxiliary’s profits go to WVFR. The ladies and WFVR have a very good working relationship, said the Auxiliary’s Mary Collins.

The Thrift Shop has served our county since 1965. Located at several sites around Washington before moving to its current location, it operated there for several years before health issues forced the original members to close the shop. It eventually reopened in June 2010.

Nowadays, the Thrift Shop is a busy place. All donations are sorted and checked for stains or excessive wear by volunteers before being hung on the racks for sale. It is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible, and the shop also offers a helpful “voucher” plan; ask about it next time you stop in. They strive to keep their prices as low as they can, and to that end, their monthly meetings frequently involve “scouting” missions to scope out the competition.

Kayla Glascock check out some clothes for herself at the Ladies Auxiliary $5 Bag Sale.
Kayla Glascock check out some clothes for herself at the Ladies Auxiliary $5 Bag Sale.

Last year, the Ladies Auxiliary donated $10,000 to the WVFR. Money from the Thrift Shop goes toward paying down the debt on the company’s fire engine bay building.

Volunteers are Louise Bondelid, Loretta Brazill, Mary Collins, Sharon Deemer, Shirley Franey, Patricia Fransella, Rusty Rowand and Ann Spieker. Collins said the ladies were all pleased with the results of last week’s bag sale, and wished to thank all their customers for their support.

The racks and shelves will be restocked with new summer items, as well as fall and winter merchandise, in the next few weeks. The shop is open 10 to 5 Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 9 to 3 Saturdays.

These volunteers deserve a salute and a big thank you for all the hard work they do for the  community.

Thanks, guys!

On my morning walks down Fodderstack Road to the Masonic Cemetery, I found that it has been kept mowed and clean so far this summer. A little birdie told me that Bud Smoot, Bud Corder, Sherry King, Daniel Keyser and Roger Foster have helped out with the care (some of the plots were also mowed by family members). I want to thank everyone who made this possible. This is a place we have placed the remains of our loved ones to rest in peace and beauty, and it should be kept that way.

Pantry needs volunteers . . .

The Rappahannock Food Pantry can’t operate without its wonderful volunteers, who, however hard-working they might be, go off on vacations during the summer or are involved in other activities. This summer is no exception, and more volunteers are needed. Volunteers accept food from donors, issue receipts, unload food and organize it on shelves, help users shop, drive shoppers to the Pantry, take food to shut-ins and pick up food from area farms and orchards. If you’re interest in volunteering, contact Pantry manager Mimi Forbes at 540-675-1177 or mimi@rappahannockpantry.org.

. . . and supplies

Now through Aug. 15, the BB&T bank in Flint Hill is holding a school supply drive at their office on Zachary Taylor Highway, on behalf of the Rappahannock Food Pantry. The bank has a box inside where anyone can drop off supplies. For more information, call Kim Morris at 540-675-3793.

Everyone needs a handyman

If you are in need of an handyman who can do almost anything, give Washington’s Brian Wayland a call at 540-683-9278. He does landscaping and yard maintenance, mowing, weed-eating, weeding flower beds and gardens — even gutter cleaning.

Big welcome

We would like to welcome Rusty Rowand to our community. Rusty moved from New Jersey to one of the Old Washington School apartments on Mount Salem Avenue in Washington. She’s the mother of Keith Rowand of Harris Hollow.

Birthday wishes

Birthday wishes go out to Roger Miller, who celebrates his day this Saturday (July 20), as well as to my daughter, Heather Dawn Singleton, and my stepmother, Janet Burke, both of whom are celebrating their special day next Saturday, July 27.

Stay cool and have a wonderful week!

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