LAKE WYLIE — Clothes are coming and going at unprecedented rates at Sweet Repeat.
In March, leaders at the Sweet Repeat thrift store rearranged their items and their focus to create a clothing boutique in the back room previously used for furniture. What was one side rack of clothing more than quadrupled. Clothing for men, women, children, infants – even a bridal gown awaited purchase Thursday – joins hats, accessories and other specialty items.
“We’ve had clothes before, but they were at a minimum,” said member Eve Foery.
Donna Tucker, president of Sweet Repeat Charitable Foundation, said the new boutique was more inspiration than desperation, but a little of both.
“Donations are just pouring in,” she said. “For some reason we’re getting more and more clothing than we ever have.”
It’s higher-quality clothing, and enough shoes to expand that section. Extra storage space and a pricing room recently were added. Despite continued pricing of a dollar or two for many items, the thrift shop is heading toward its goal of a 25 percent increase in sales from last year.
Last year the group brought in $100,000 and gave away $70,000 to 30 local or area groups from schools to nonprofits, camps and health organizations. This year’s intake goal is $125,000.
“That’s the goal,” Tucker said, “and it’s looking good.”
Clothing sales have more than doubled since the boutique opened, Foery said. Foery calls Tucker the “heart and soul of this organization,” saying it was Tucker’s leadership and idea for the boutique that ultimately will result in more money being distributed to local charities.
Tucker said credit belongs to donors and the 70 foundation members.
“People are proud to donate to us because they want to support their community,” she said.
The thrift shop is open 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturdays in Lake Wylie Plaza. Donations are accepted any time.