Base Thrift Shop Manager Paula Cardenas pointed out back-to-school and college-appropriate items, grab bags, a dining room table that seats six and comes with a leaf, lots of uniform pieces and little girl clothes, several mess dresses and formal dresses appropriate for the Air Force Ball and camouflage items for hunting season. Donations of items are accepted and always appreciated.
The shop’s shelving has been refreshed to make displays more appealing.
“Eye appeal is ‘buy appeal,’” Cardenas said. “We’re making improvements everywhere to make things run more smoothly.”
The Base Thrift Shop is mostly run by volunteer staff members who donate hundreds of hours per month. All net profits are donated to the Officers’ Spouses’ Club welfare fund which helps support different programs in the military and Miami Valley communities. Organizations that have benefited include the Air Force Sergeants Association Thanksgiving baskets, Honor Flight, local high school after-prom committees and more.
Last summer the shop was closed for five months as it underwent extensive renovations. Despite it not being open for a full year, its proceeds allowed the OSC to award $18,500 in scholarships this spring.
More information on consigning, shopping or volunteering can be found online at www.wrightpattersonosc.org, by calling the shop during business hours at 937-879-5630, or by visiting the club's Facebook page at WPOSC THRIFT SHOP.