• Thrift Shop to reopen in new location Feb. 6

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    The Fort Leavenworth Thrift Shop is set to reopen its doors Feb. 6 in the former Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 building near the Envision Xpress store at 1025 Sheridan Drive. The previous Thrift Shop location, in the Trolley Station at the corner of Pope and Grant Avenues, was closed in December 2017 because of safety issues for staff and customers.
    “(Moving out here) has been challenging,” said Mary Kendall, Thrift Shop manager. “The weather did not help at all, but we’ve done it.”
    Because of the significant decrease in space, Kendall said there will be changes.
    “Since it’s a lot smaller, we will have to be much more selective on what we take as consignments,” she said.
    Kendall said once the previous location closed, she contacted local non-profit and charitable organizations to help volunteers lessen the amount of merchandise to move.
    “We gave a lot of stuff away. We contacted all the organizations we’ve been giving to over the years and they picked up things free, (and) we had churches that came and took the excess clothing,” she said. “We still have some stuff over there that we haven’t decided if we’re going to bring over or not, but we only have a week left before we turn the building over.”
    To help with excess merchandise and larger items such as washers and dryers and other furniture, the Thrift Shop has two large storage containers on the west side of the building as well as a large donation bin on the south side. Donations are currently being accepted in the bin.
    Kendall said the Thrift Shop staff couldn’t have gotten it all put together if it weren’t for the volunteers.
    “They’ve been working hard. Most of us didn’t have much of a Christmas vacation,” she said. “The volunteers and their families have helped, and many hours have been put in by (them).”
    Kendall said there were several customers-turned-volunteers who also helped with the move. One such volunteer was retired Lt. Col. Karl Prinslow, who sought out places to take several boxes of books as a free-will offering. So far, Prinslow has raised $360 for the Thrift Shop.
    While Kendall praised the volunteers, volunteer Ellen Ammel praised Kendall.
    “Mary has been amazing. She has gone above and beyond. It’s truly a labor of love for her, for everybody,” Ammel said. “The Thrift Shop gives a tremendous service to the soldiers, the retirees and to everybody.”
    Kendall said staff and customers are excited for the opening.
    “We’re trying so hard to get ready for it. The lighting in the building is so good. Grant, it’s a challenge to get a lot of merchandise in here, but we are very excited,” she said. “It’s a beautiful, scenic drive out here. At night when I go to leave sometimes, there’s a little fox out there greeting me. So, we’ve got the wildlife out here, too — we’re out with nature.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The Thrift Shop will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the first Saturday of the month. If the first Saturday of the month is a holiday, then it will shift to the second Saturday.
    There will be a sidewalk and ADA accessible parking put in leading up to the east side of the building. Until weather permits the renovations, Kendall asks that customers use the south entrance to the Thrift Shop. For more information, call (913) 651-6768.
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