Derek McAleer, vice president for development, Methodist Home for Children
Thrift Shoppe, 304 Pierce Ave., Macon 751-2887
How long have you been in business?: The Thrift Shoppe got started nearly 20 years ago after a group of volunteers began holding a yard sale once a month to raise money for the boys and girls at the home, McAleer said.
Then it morphed into two days a week. Volunteers spruced up space in the basement of a building near Pierce Avenue and turned it into a shop. Its open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday.
Everything in the store is donated, and all the workers are volunteers. All the money made is used for the children.
That money goes for the wants of our kids, McAleer said. It goes for different fun things like spring break trips ... taking the kids to baseball games, those fun things that are part of restoring childhood.
What do you like best about your job?: I think the Thrift Shoppe ladies would say the best thing about their job is knowing that they are not only helping the boys and girls at the home, but they are helping their customers at the store as well, McAleer said. They talk about that all the time. ... We have a lot of repeat customers.
What is your specialty?: The shop carries all kinds of clothing and shoes, home decor, books, dishes and furniture. A drop box is at the entrance of the store, and people can drop off items 24 hours a day.
What are your future plans?: About three months ago the shop expanded into another building to accommodate donated furniture. No other expansion is planned right now, but in the next four or five years we would like to see an off-campus store, McAleer said.
-- Linda S. Morris