DIXON – Secondhand stores – for area schools and churches, they’ve become a way to generate some extra cash, and a Dixon school is the latest to get in on the thrifts that keep on giving back.
St. Anne School is gearing up to open a thrift shop, just a Stoney’s throw from the church.
St. Anne’s Cottage Thrift Store is scheduled to open in August at 879 Stoney Point, about 7 minutes away from school and church at 1112 N. Brinton Ave.
Proceeds will go back to the church and school.
The store joins other church-backed shops in the Sauk Valley – CLS Thrift Shop and the St. Andrew Thrift Shop in Rock Falls among them.
The school’s lead administrator, Karen Payan, 56, of Sterling, said the idea came to her when she was thinking of ways to help the school and its students.
She remembered a friend who has a similar business in Walnut and knew it would be the perfect idea.
The school’s office assistant, Kristi Crisham, 46, of Oregon, took charge of getting the business together. Her daughter Claire is a seventh-grader at the school and her daughter Katherine is a former student.
She said she hopes it can be a place not only to pick up a bargain, but somewhere the parish and community can come together and enjoy time with each other.
Crisham said about 20 volunteers have been helping get the store ready for business, and more help is always welcome. They’re hoping to line up people with trucks or other large vehicles to help transport donations.
People can’t drop off merchandise at the store yet, but those who want more information on how to arrange for a donation, or who want to help out, can call the school at 815-288-5619.
An opening is planned for Aug. 7; after that, hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and Friday and Saturday.
“I hope it will be a big service to the community and add a place where people can find some treasures,” Payan said.