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Mennonite second-hand store now in its 30th year

Business offers good deals for a good cause

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ABOVE: Sue Harper, assistant manager at MCC Thrift Shop, 106 N. Detroit St., West Liberty, utilizes a pulley elevator Thursday to lift donations from the first to second floor for storage. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Kathy Lowry, left, and Sue Harper manage the MCC Thrift Shop in West Liberty, which celebrates its 30th year in 2013.  (EXAMINER PHOTOS | NATE SMITH)

As another calendar year passes, a local retail fixture remains, offering good deals for a good cause.

This marks the 30th year for the MCC Thrift Shop, 106 N. Detroit St., West Liberty, store manager Kathy Lowry said.

The non-profit organization, now in its 27th year at its present location in downtown West Liberty, is as strong as ever following a shift in the goods it sells.

Formerly known as Global Crafts, the thrift store used to specialize in selling Self Help crafts β€” handmade products created to benefit third world countries.  

About a year ago, the thrift store, which is overseen by a nine-member board from Bethel, Oak Grove and South Union Mennonite churches, began to offer mostly donated clothing and houseware items.

β€œIt turned out to be a wise decision for us,” Mrs. Lowry said.

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