Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I am thinking about starting a blog for a thrift store. The name of the store is "The Turnabout Shop." I volunteer there--sorting and marking clothes, working at the front desk taking money. I am very fond of this store. I think the women who volunteer there are an amazing group. I figured maybe a blog might get the store out there in the public eye more. We need more volunteers, we need more people to shop there. So I'm introducing the idea here, to get it on paper and see how it feels. I am going to post a photograph I took with my iPhone to see if someone (besides me) could take photographs of the store I could post along with stories about the store.

I started an email group for the store a couple of years ago, which the members of the email group love, and I'm hoping if I emailed the members a link to the site that would help get the site where it needs to go. I would also ask them to forward the link to friends and relatives who might be interested in the store.

The organization behind the store, The Berkeley Clinic Auxiliary, was involved, along with a lot of our civic minded people, helping refugees from the San Francisco 1906 earthquake and fire to get settled in Berkeley and get any help they needed. This group of ladies I work with come from a great tradition of helping others and I'm proud of each and every one of them.

I would probably have to do everything myself, so it would have to wait until I've recuperated from knee surgery. The picture I'm posting here shows two of the ladies sporting hats that were brought out to them on the day the shop was hosting it's monthly luncheon meeting. We were celebrating their 90th birthdays. I know the lady on the left well. I almost fell over in a dead faint when I found out she was turning 90. This lady may have a lot of wrinkles but she is a dynamo!

Any and all who look at this posting--do you think a blog about a thrift store would work? I would only post once a week, and what I'm thinking is I would introduce different parts of the store, what we stock in merchandise and different special items that come into the store and are for sale. I would have pictures of the store and of any special items that have come in. I just googled thrift store blogs and came up--not with thrift store as such, but blogs that used stuff one would find in a thrift store. I think a blog could incorporate links to such blogs to increase interest in shopping at the Turnabout.

What do you think?


JKB said...

I think it could work...I'd be interested to see how it would work out, too.

Make sureto post the link on your blog. :)

marsh to the fore said...

The friend who took me to a doctor's appointment yesterday (ouch! One of those up at 1:40 in the morning again) looked at this blog and thought a blog for the shop would work. She works at the shop, in fact I brought her into the store.

The more I think about it, the more I think it would work too. It's just going to have to wait. These ladies, even my friend, aren't conversant enough with the internet to feel comfortable even taking the pictures and emailing them to me, except perhaps with an iPhone and I'm the only one who has one!

Kerri said...

I cannot believe they're 90. It's so much about attitude.

Lead the charge Marsh!

Heidi the Hick said...

I love thrift stores!

Any kind of support for a small venture like that is worth it.

marsh to the fore said...

Thanks for your thoughts, everyone. Yeah, this is a good group, worth any effort. Seeing the two of them there with their silly hats and Lois (gal on left) with her broad grin, is heartening, given that they were just turning 90.

Lois still puts in a full three hour day at the shop. Can you believe it?