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What Not Shop since 1973
RUMFORD- Did it surprise you to know that the What Not Shop has been open for business for 40 years? If so, I’m sure you’re not alone, because there are a lot of people who do not yet know about all WNS has to offer. Won’t you take a tour with me and see what surprises you’ll find.
Walking through the doors, we are greeted by a friendly cashier. From wall to wall, as far as the eye can see, there are racks and shelves filled with merchandise galore.
There are clothes for men, women and children of all ages. Home items from lamps, dishes and curtains, to books, games and seasonal decorative wares. Accessories like bags, and shoes, and lots of high end merchandise, which has all been generously donated by members of the community. All of the donations are are tax deductible if the donor wishes to get a receipt.
The shop has had tremendous support since 1973 when they first opened for what was to be a one month sale in the old Schmersal barber shop building.
Currently, the WNS has two paid cashiers and a manager. Overseen by program director, Donna Landry.
Clients volunteer time and choose to help when they want to. It helps provide participants of Hope Association the opportunity to learn skills such as hanging, sorting and giving them interaction with customers.
What Not Shop shoppers are now offered the Customer Appreciation Punch Card. If you purchase at least $5 in items during one visit, you will receive a punch on your card. Once you have 15 separate purchases of $5 or more, your card will be complete and you will be eligible to choose your own Fill-a-Bag day for $5.
Fill-a-Bag days are held each month on random dates as determined by inventory. These dates can be viewed on the Hope Association’s Facebook page by noon the day before the sale.
Other specials may run concurrently and are posted as well.
Maybe you’re looking for a specialty item and cannot find it, let them know what you’re looking for and they will keep an eye out and call you when similar items come in.
“We also offer fire victims the opportunity to come in and get what they need, as well as those families who are having a particularly hard time clothing their children for back to school,” stated Landry. “There are some good things here.”
All proceeds from the What Not Shop benefit the activities, outings and are used to cover various expenses of the Hope Association, not covered by other means.
The What Not Shop is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and they now accept credit/debit cards.
Call 364-2139 to schedule a time for your larger items to be dropped off. Reminder, the What Not Shop is not staffed with helping hands for heavier items.
Hope Association assists individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing whole life services. Your patronage and donations are very much appreciated and all proceeds help cover the cost of non-MaineCare reimbursable items that help enhance the lives of those we serve.
Please visit their website at www.hopeassociation.org, friend them on Facebook, stop by and visit at 85 Lincoln Avenue in Rumford or call ahead for specific items at 364-2139.