GRH Thrift Shop Celebrating 25th Anniversary

The Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary is observing the 25th anniversary of its thrift shop this weekend.

It started in a small space which is now part of the Bradford Community Building, expanded to the current Kaskaskia College extension center location and is now in a 22,000-square foot building at the intersection of Harris Avenue and Fourth Street.

Nancy Machmer and Lida Vieregge are co-managers of the thrift shop.

Machmer said the shop has continued to grow and remain successful for a quarter of a century. She credited women within the community, and the men who joined them, who felt that the hospital is critical to our community.

She said volunteers work hard to make the Thrift Shop the best it can be, to the benefit of the hospital. She said volunteers come from surrounding communities. Shoppers often come from out of state. Some local shoppers collect specific items and stop in the Thrift Shop every day.

Machmer said the Thrift Shop is a blessing to many families who are able to “clothe their children in a nice manner without spending too much money.”

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An anniversary celebration is being held Friday and Saturday at the thrift shop.

Machmer said a lunch will be available Friday. The cost will be 25 cents for a hot dog, 25 cents for chips, and 25 cents for a soda – all in celebration of the Thrift Shop’s 25th anniversary.

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The thrift shop is the largest fundraising project of the hospital auxiliary, which has raised nearly $5 million since the organization was formed in the late 1950’s.