I'm a gal, aged 75, part of the fabulous world-wide 4Corners Critique Writing Group (U.S., Germany, Brazil, Canada), who wants to meet the world, along with all her wonderful writer buddies!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
THE TURNABOUT SHOP
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.
The Turnabout Shop is located in El Cerrito, California, at 10052 San Pablo Avenue—our telephone number is 510-525-7844. We are open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to four. The shop has a very interesting background and I plan to devote one of my upcoming blogs to that history. I was born in Minnesota in 1933, moved to Wisconsin with my family in my twenties, collected a Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Education, left for California for a teaching job and met my husband. We have been married for 47 years and have two sons and two grandsons, age six and a half and almost three. I love thrift stores. Where else could you find a grotesque Paper Mache mask with weird decorations? Weird can be wonderful! This one nearly caused a divorce: "Either that goes or you go!" We have a dog—an Akita mix called Plato—named for the philosopher. He is a very bright dog. I still have family in Wisconsin and the memories of a wonderful brother who I'm grieving. Take some time out of your busy day and come visit me.