Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A sale a day the entire month of February!

Earlier we told you about the sales for the first half of the month, now we're going to unveil the current sales for the remainder of the month!

Thursday 17th - candles, candle holders & sticks
Friday 18th - baby clothes size Newborn to 4t
Saturday 19th - toys, games, and puzzles
Monday 21st - all handbags
Tuesday 22nd - luggage
Wednesday 23rd - electronic
Thursday 24th - framed art & pictures
Friday 25th - all PJ's
Saturday 26th - all patio item

On Monday the 28th all of our clearance and mark-down items are going to be slashed an additional 50%!!!

We're gearing up for our change-over... Next month we'll close the store for a day or so and all our wonderful volunteer friends, the vast majority being Realtors, will come in and pack up our winter clothing, do a thorough cleaning of the store, then help put out all of our fantastic spring and summer items. 

Prior to the change-over we have a massive clearance sale where everything in the store is marked down 50%. Yep, everything!

Every single day we get new items from across the county and beyond. We wouldn't exist without the support of the community in so many ways! Donations, volunteers, and shoppers all contribute to the ongoing success of our mission to support local charities.

We also truly appreciate those who stop in with a pizza or two for the volunteers... those who drop off a basket of goodies to share with the staff and volunteers... the local stores that donate their older stock, hangers, containers, shelving or other items.

You are all so wonderful. We hope you know how much we appreciate all that YOU do. Your efforts have helped a tremendous number of charities over the years!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Stop by Monday, Valentine's Day, for the Clothes Less Traveled's "Sharing, Caring and Giving Tea Party"!

Four of our community partners are providing refreshments and valentines for our shoppers, volunteers and staff on Monday, February 14th from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.!

We hope you will all plan to stop by the store Monday afternoon to enjoy refreshments and another of our great February sales! Come a bit early and shop...
We're holding a sale a day, with extra pop-up sales on each Wednesday. Watch our Twitter and Facebook accounts to find out what we'll have on sale Monday.
Today's sale is on Valentine's Day items so stop in until 5 p.m. (Saturday, Feb. 12th) and grab that cool last minute item for your special someone.

On March 4th and 5th we'll be holding a huge clearance sale. You definitely need to mark your calendar for that sale! Watch this blog or our Facebook page for updates on our daily sale and more information on the March clearance sale.

The four groups below will be sharing on Monday afternoon:
  • Breast Cancer Survivor Network - Senior Host
  • Christian City
  • Promise Place
  • Southwest Christian Care

Children at some of the organizations listed above are making Valentines to hand out to volunteers and staff... and maybe even a few of our shoppers.

Volunteers will also get a special gift - a goody bag! I don't know what will be in the bags, but I know it'll be something worth stopping by to pick up. We very much appreciate all of our wonderful volunteers. 

The Clothes Less Traveled works simply because of all who choose to give in so many different ways. Some donate items, some give of their time and some find other unique ways to help.

If you'd like to learn more about volunteering, visit our website or stop by the store. We guarantee it'll be an enjoyable and rewarding experience!
Remember - Monday, February 14th, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. for refreshments and fun!

Photos: Children at Southwest Christian Care's Hope House make Valentines to bring to the "Sharing, Caring and Giving Tea Party" at the Clothes Less Traveled.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Here a book, there a book...

Everywhere you look, a book, a book!

Yes, I'll never make money as a poet or even a bad rhymer. However, I do know books! I read constantly and am never without a book or two in the works.

The Clothes Less Traveled (CLT) has become one of my favorite places to buy a book. Most paperbacks are only a dollar (used, of course) and the selection can change by the hour. It all depends on who donates what, when. 

The store has a nice area set aside that's well organized, unlike many thrift store selections. I am not the kind of person who likes to go sorting through stacks of books that include every genre and type all mixed together. At CLT the fiction paperbacks are organized by author (not type) on neat shelves with dividers. They have sections for the trade paperbacks and hardcovers by type also, with a few regular paperbacks thrown in if they're topical.

They have a section of books that collectors and re-sellers might be interested in, too. Even if that's not something that interests you it is fun to see some of the old, old titles and get a taste of history.

CLT volunteers and staff cull through the donated books to make sure they're up to snuff prior to putting them on the shelf so in most cases all the books are in good to excellent condition.

For those who don't like to read, they have DVDs, CDs, and videos.

And, if you're looking for children's books, they have a lot of them!

I love to take the kids in and give them a few dollars, tell them to pick out whatever book or movie they'd like. They don't care that they're nicely used -- it's a fun, low cost, treat.  We all know how they're going to treat those books and DVDs anyway! Plus, they'll be tired of them in a week or month and then you can recycle them right back into the store.

I love getting my reading fix satisfied at CLT. I get to read and I get to feel good about where my money is going.

Go check out the book section - no telling what treasures you'll find!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A sprinkle of magic at the Clothes Less Traveled...

Maybe I should say a whirl or swirl of magic? a choppy magic? Oh, shoot, it's just a silly little bit of magic that seems to happen fairly often at the Clothes Less Traveled.

I'd bet you're scratching your head wondering what in the world I'm blathering on about... magic?

I just gave a bit lead up to something that I've discovered is rather passe at the Clothes Less Traveled.

What, what, what???

I rather like the build up. I could go on, and on, but here goes...

Last Saturday I volunteered at the store as I do each month. It's always fun working with all the great volunteers and staff. We cut up yet we work fast. At some point we got into a conversation about food, I don't even remember the context. Someone started talking about making milk shakes or something along those lines and Jennie, the store manager extraordinaire, said she had a Magic Bullet.

Me? I'd never heard of a Magic Bullet, but I wanted it, whatever it was, just because of the name. They knew there would be people out there like me when they named the thing.

Someone else piped up and said they had one, loved it, used it all the time.

I soon learned that a Magic Bullet is a gadget that allows you to make salsa, milk shakes, chop things, and do magic with food easily. You throw your ingredients inside a cup, pop it on top of the motor part, push and voila, you have whatever it is you want. I love gadgets, especially ones that are easy to clean and do what they're supposed to do.

After hearing all the wonderful things this little magic thing could do I really wanted one. Sadly, there wasn't one in the store for me to take home.

Luckily, the Clothes Less Traveled keeps a book up front, a 'wish list' of sorts. My request went into the magic book. I went home wishing I had one, wondering how long it would be before one showed up, if ever.

I didn't have to wait long. Monday, yes, Monday, I received a call. They had just had a Magic Bullet donated and it looked like it was practically brand new. It had all the little gizmos and booklets that come with a brand new Magic Bullet. Imagine my surprise. The store is closed on Sunday so Monday was the next business day. Magic.

So, now I have a Magic Bullet (MB). It's in the dishwasher (not the motorized part) and just as soon as I fill up the dishwasher and run the cycle, I'm going to try that thing and see what a mess I can make. I went grocery shopping today and bought all kinds of things that can be tossed into the MB.

When I stopped by to pick it up I talked with a number of staff / volunteers and cheerfully told them my magic tale. All of them had a similar tale.... which led me to understand that it's not magic, it's common place at the Clothes Less Traveled. The staff are magic. The people who donate to the store are magic.

I've decided next time I'm in the store that I'm going to put something else in the magic book. I don't know what yet, but I will come up with something good.

I wonder how many times I managed to get the word 'magic' in this blog? I'm not counting.