Save N’ Share may be a place that sells used goods, but there are plenty of new things happening there, too.

The store, which raises funds for Churches United in Ministry (CUM) — which helps families in need — through the sale of used clothing and household items, has recently changed leaders, with Sandy Rails as the new store manager.


Save N’ Share may be a place that sells used goods, but there are plenty of new things happening there, too.
The store, which raises funds for Churches United in Ministry (CUM) — which helps families in need — through the sale of used clothing and household items, has recently changed leaders, with Sandy Rails as the new store manager.
“My pastor called and asked me if I would be interested,” Rails said. “I thought about it and prayed about it and called [CUM Board Member] Roy Wash.”
Prior to becoming the manager of Save ‘n Share six months ago, Rails owned several other businesses in the area, such as Miraculous Meals, Sandy’s, Something Special and Front Porch in Galva. After managing so many other businesses, Rails had clear goals when she started at Save ‘n Share.
“When I first came here, the store was overrun with product,” she said. “There was just so much here that needed to be dealt with that we had to work really hard to get it cleaned up. We work hard every day to keep it that way.”
Rails said her favorite thing as manager of the store has been working with the 40 or 50 regular volunteers from McPherson, Canton, Galva and Windom.
“These ladies and gentlemen give it their all while they’re here,” she said. “They’re serious about the mission they have here.”
Save ‘n Share volunteers will have their work cut out for them during the next year because the store is undergoing another change - moving to another location in town.
“We are purchasing a new building about three-times this size,” Rails said, adding that extra volunteers may be needed to help with the move. “We will expand to take furniture and larger items as well as more clothing, knickknacks, household goods ... possibly more surprises.”
CUM Executive Committee Members Connie Blake, Bonnie Hoffman, Vaughn Ingram, Carl Kasey, Bob Park, Rails, Coleta Steers, Sarah Walker-Goering and Wash have talked about adding to the current building for years, but it was never financially feasible. They decided purchasing an existing building would meet their needs while being fiscally responsible.
The move likely won’t take place for several months, but should be completed by next year at this time, Rails said. Tenants in the building will need to relocate before any moving can begin.
“We want to honor their leases and make sure they have a place to move their business,” Rails said.
In the meantime, the store will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Monday, Nov. 29 and a little more than a week for the Christmas holiday. Rails said Save ‘n Share will reopen Jan. 3 with fresh inventory.