The Prairie City Senior Center is providing students an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts after school at the Senior Thrift Store.
The store will be open from 2:30-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays from Dec. 1-23, senior center member Frances Preston said. The store is inside the Prairie City Senior Center, 204 N. McHaley Ave., but is accessible directly through a side door.
All the items are donated, Preston said, and the proceeds benefit the senior center. She said students should be able to afford most of the items.
“Prices are very, very inexpensive,” she said. “I’m thinking the most expensive thing in there now is $3 or so. There’s lots of things for a quarter or 50 cents. I think the lowest we go is 10 cents.”
Preston said several ceramic items for sale would make great gifts. She said Christmas items are currently on sale, including tree decorations. The store also offers kitchenware, a collection of VHS movies and various “knick knacks,” she said.
The store also features a variety of clothing, mostly for adults. Preston said dresses and blouses for women and slacks and dress shirts for men are available, as well as ties and scarves.
Preston said, although the senior center has been in existence for many years, it only recently purchased the building, which has allowed for greater opportunities, such as the Senior Thrift Store.
“Truly, the objectives have been met,” she said. “We’re helping seniors put things in the store so they can clean out their homes, and seniors are buying things in the store. We have it open at least one weekend a month where we have the public in, and of course, all the proceeds go to the senior center.”
Preston said the senior center does not have an abundance of storage space, but donated items have been trickling in at a perfect pace. She said donations are welcome, and someone from the senior center could even pick them up if needed.
For more information, call Preston at home at 541-820-4463 or on her cell phone at 907-723-7613.