BUCKHANNON — Whether you are looking for cheap finds, or trying to declutter, the Clothes Closet, located at 47 Sedgwick Street is the place for you! The Clothes Closet is the thrift store of the Upshur Parish House – where all are welcome to take advantage of the low prices. Parish House Director Kristi Wilkerson explained that all available items have been donated by the community, so all the proceeds are used to fund their daily operations and special programs.
The Clothes Closet often runs sales and special deals, including grab bags and grab boxes. They have baby, child and adult clothing, as well as shoes and undergarments. In addition to clothes, they also have books and housewares. Most of the items within the Clothes Closet are gently used, but they do have some brand new items available as well.
Wilkerson explained, “Upshur County residents in need of clothing, shoes, coats, household items, and more can contact the Upshur Parish House to see if they qualify for a voucher. Families and neighbors in need can receive a free voucher every three months (quarterly or seasonally).
They do ask that if anyone is interested in donating items, to bring them to the back porch during their regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Donated items should be clean and gently used. Unfortunately, they are unable to accept dirty items, including those that have sustained mold or mildew damage. They also cannot accept used mattresses, upholstered furniture or toys.
One of the Clothes Closet’s biggest challenges is receiving donations that are not usable. Those donations must immediately be placed in the trash, resulting in an extremely high monthly garbage bill. There are also signs on the property explaining this information. “We hope that the public understands why we cannot accept these items and that we really cannot afford the large dumpster fees we are charged regularly,” explained Wilkerson.
The Clothes Closet ensures they are selling, using, and repurposing as much as possible. Items that they are unable to sell are donated to the Clarksburg Mission and other local civic organizations who can put them to good use, Wilkerson assured.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Clothes Closet is asking customers to call ahead for an appointment to avoid wait times, as there is limited capacity in the store currently. Customers are also required to wear a face covering while inside the store.
“We deeply appreciate community members who donate gently used, clean items that we can then provide to neighbors in need for free or sell at minimal cost. It is a wonderful service to provide for our Upshur County residents and we are truly grateful!” Wilkerson expressed.
To make an appointment and check out what the Clothes Closet has to offer, call (304) 471-2290, any day by 12:00 p.m. To keep an eye out for special deals and sales, follow their Facebook page at “The Clothes Closet,” and/or “Upshur Cooperative Parish: Parish House and Crosslines Inc.”