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Get ready to bag deal at Noah’s Ark Thrift shop

By Staff | Aug 7, 2009

Going to St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church Noah’s Ark Thrift Shop is sort of like going to a rock concert.

All of the fans are waiting by the door way before the shop opens for business.

Next week volunteers expect the shop to swell with shoppers eager to get a good deal during its annual Bag Day on Friday, Aug. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the event, customers get to fill a Bailey’s bag for $3.

Bags will be for sale in the parking lot, said Betty Carr, a volunteer leader. After people buy their bag they wait for the 9:30 a.m. bell to ding and then the shopping begins.

“I call it an island event,” said Carr. “The first hour is where the magic is.”

Items too big big for the bag will be marked down 80 percent, Carr said.

This will be the last day for shoppers to patronize the thrift shop until it reopens again On Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9:30 a.m. When Noah’s Ark reopens in October it will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays only until they reopen fully for season on Nov. 1, according to volunteer staff.

The last day for donations this month is Friday, Aug. 7. During the shop will undergo a cleaning. Donations will be accepted again starting Sept. 8.

The thrift shop located at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel is a favorite among island residents and visitors.

The shop run by a brigade of volunteers is a bargain hunter’s delight featuring a plethora of items including designer label clothing, home decor, furniture, electronics, toys and games.

All proceeds from the sale will go to two dozen local and national charitable organizations. Last year the thrift shop helped organizations such as: Brightest Horizons, Community Housing Resources, Fort Myers Soup Kitchen, F.I.S.H., Girls Making it on Purpose, Habitat for Humanity, Hope Hospice, Southwest Florida Addiction Services, and Quality Life.

Ample free parking is available on the church property. For more information about the store, call 472-3356.