Urban Thrift having $3 bag sale

In preparation of move to new location at plaza in 2021

BARGAINS GALORE — Aimee Livingston, manager of Urban Thrift and Opportunity Center at 644 Market St., Steubenville, fills a customer’s bags of household and miscellaneous items as part of a $3 bag sale during December. The thrift store will be moving to a new location in early 2021 and is working to downsize some of its inventory. -- Janice Kiaski

STEUBENVILLE — Thrift shoppers looking for bargains will find them even more so this month at Urban Thrift and Opportunity Center, which is looking forward to operating out of a new location early next year.

During December, the thrift store located at 644 Market St., is having a $3 a bag sale, which store Manager Aimee Livingston explained means shoppers can snag a good deal and help the store downsize its inventory a bit in preparation ultimately for its planned move to the Seventh Street Plaza.

All household items, kitchen equipment, books, Christmas decorations, media and lots of miscellaneous items are being sold by the bag — a brown paper grocery bag — for $3. Clothes and furniture, however, are not included.

The sale is similar to the store’s $5 a bag clothes sale held every Friday, according to Livingston, who said the $3 bag sale is under way Monday, Wednesday and Friday this month through Dec. 18, when the store closes for the Christmas holiday. The hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“It’s a pretty good deal — you can fit a lot of smaller household items in there,” she said.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays when the store is closed, it normally accepts donations of items, including furniture, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will continue to do so regardless until further notice.

The store’s relocation to the plaza, owned by Urban Mission Ministries, is part of the mission’s plans to consolidate various ministries, according to Livingston.

The move from three floors to one will make it handicap accessible and user friendly and offer improved parking, she added.

“It will be kind of bittersweet to leave this building because it has so much character with the woodwork and the fireplaces, but we also are excited to move on to something new,” she said.

“We want to make space because we’re going to be moving and we’re going to try to take the bear minimum with us in the plaza, so this is just a little clearing out our warehouse sale to get ready to move,” she said of the $3 bag sale.

The thrift store also functions as a job training site. “We work with partner agencies like Job and Family Services and Community Action Council and get a lot of workers from there to come and do on-site training for various jobs,” she said.

The public has responded with enthusiasm to the store since its opening in April 2019 at the former City Rescue Mission thrift store, which the mission inherited, Livingston noted.

“It’s been great,” she said. “We have a lot of loyal customers, and they love it and we appreciate them and their business. They keep us up and running. Everything we make at the store goes back into support of the Urban Mission as far as the Unity Kitchen, the shelters and the food pantry,” she explained.

The mission will continue to use the store for storage, according to Livingston.

And it will continue its in-home pickups Monday through Friday with a box truck and two drivers available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“We pick up larger furniture pieces, exercise equipment, bikes, clothing and appliances,” she noted. Pick-ups are done throughout the area, as far north as Toronto, as far south as Tiltonsville and into Brooke County as well.

For information on the thrift shop, call (740) 282-4851. For information on volunteering at the store, contact Tiffany Beckwith, the mission’s volunteer coordinator, at (740) 282-8010.


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