Sweet Repeat Thrift Store opens in new location

news@lakewyliepilot.comAugust 17, 2013 

— Apparently, customers heard the message Thursday about Sweet Repeat Thrift Store’s silent opening at its new location.

Sweet Repeat Foundation Inc. volunteer Barbara Deuble said the store had been “very” busy as the service club opened in its new Lake Wylie Plaza location. In fact, although they were still moving items Wednesday from the former 10-year location behind Fred’s in the same plaza, “people were trying to get in,” she said.

Group members say they were told they’d need to relocate and were given a couple weeks to do so. The group signed a lease on the new space Aug. 8. The vacated thrift shop will be used by neighboring business Cheer Tumbling Academy. Owner Christy Cross started the academy in 2011. While the cheer academy is doubling in size, the new thrift store location also is more spacious.

“We are all so thrilled with our new store,” Deuble said. “It gives us so much room to arrange things.”

First-time customer Joane Kraus of Lake Wylie said “It’s displayed very well.”

She liked the “reasonable prices,” she said after finding a shirt for purchase.

“I think it’s lovely,” she said. “I’m taking it all in and then going back.”

Sweet Repeat president Donna Tucker said the group is planning an open house next month.

“We worked really, really hard and hopefully, it will all pay off,” Tucker said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to do more for the community.”

Sweet Repeat has 80 members. Along with volunteers, the store two employees, a shopkeeper and bookkeeper. Money raised at the shop goes to local charitable groups each year. Almost $100,000 has been given away the past two years.

Store hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Donation items of household goods and furniture, and clothing are needed. Pick-up is available for large items. For more information, call 803-831-0722.

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