Base Thrift Shop reopens Aug. 17 following summer break

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thrift Shop Manager Paula Cardenas prepares a display of back-to-school items in preparation of the shop’s Aug. 17 reopening. (Skywrighter photo/Amy Rollins)
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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Thrift Shop Manager Paula Cardenas prepares a display of back-to-school items in preparation of the shop’s Aug. 17 reopening. (Skywrighter photo/Amy Rollins)

Special sales and refreshments will mark the Aug. 17 reopening of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s thrift shop following its normal summer break. The shop, located at 5265 Miller St., Bldg. 95, near the intersection of Wright Avenue and Allbrook Drive, Area A, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Consignments will resume Aug. 21 with a special “consignor appreciation day”, but consignors are encouraged to stop by the shop on Aug. 17 to pick up a new and improved consignor contract.

The Base Thrift Shop also takes consignments as long as the person has a valid Department of Defense identification card. Consignment hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. After establishing an account, consignors can complete a contract to sell 16 items per week and receive 70 percent of the sold items’ sale price. The length of time of each contract is five weeks.

The shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and select Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to all personnel who have base access. Cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and Discover are acceptable methods of payment.

A wide variety of merchandise, such as clothing, household appliances and furniture, is available; the inventory changes frequently.

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.