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Hosparus store raises record amount

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Expanded location credited with boosting revenue

By The News-Enterprise

Thanks to its expanded offerings in a larger location, the Hosparus Thrift Shoppe raised a record amount to benefit the agency, which provides end-of-life care for critically ill patients and their families.

Releasing its annual earnings statement, the agency reported revenue cracked six figures for the first time. The shop in Helmwood Plaza netted more than $105,000 – the most in its history.

Hosparus has operated its store in Elizabethtown for 21 years. It moved last September to a corner location formerly occupied by a Movie Gallery video rental business. Now with 9,000-square feet of gently used products, the agency said its client families are the beneficiaries.

“We can’t thank the community enough for supporting us,” said Moira Taylor, Thrift Shoppe supervisor. “Whether they shop with us regularly, drop in occasionally or donate items, it all adds up and we sincerely appreciate it.

In its news release, Hosparus said thrift shops also are benefiting from an increase in bargain shoppers. The business has seen an influx in shoppers and even some people who consider “thrifting” to be a new hobby.

The store, which is open Monday through Saturday, sells second-hand items that have been donated and is staffed largely by volunteers, who cover tasks as varied as operating the register to organizing merchandise. Taylor said the staff focuses on greeting customers and other extras that contribute to its progress.

“We built on our success from 2012 by continuing to do simple things like sending thank you notes to our regular donors and offering frequent shopper cards,” she said.