LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Lufkin held a one-day sale today. The store has been closed since early April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Salvation Army of Lufkin Captain Cavon Phillips says the store plans to re-open only one-day out of the week on Fridays.
“During the time that we were closed people were still bringing donations to our store. In all honesty, we are having this one-day big sale because we are stacked up to the roof of donations. We want to move merchandise out, so we can bring new merchandise in,” said Phillips.
Longtime customer J. Long says he and his late wife visited the Salvation Army every Friday for the past couple of years.
“I am so glad that they are open. It takes care of my Fridays. I can come, hang around and find stuff. You can always find something. There is always a treasure to be had,” said Long.
Revenue from the store goes to help people in need and Cavon says they continue to see the need for help increase during the pandemic.
“We have been getting a lot of calls from people who are need of renters assistance. So, some of the profits that are made here at the store help us be able to provide assistance for rent,” said Phillips.
Customer Deana Barrera calls herself a “thrift store advocate” and says it affected her when the store was closed.
“Pretty much all my clothes and all my household goods come from thrift stores. So, to me it is like therapy,” said Barrera.
Even with COVID-19 safety measures in place, she says the re-opening is about more than just shopping.
"Naturally, I want to give where giving is needed. It is important to me to give back to the community,' Barrera said.
Phillips says the Salvation Army Thrift Store will be open again next Friday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.