LINDSBORG — Though TACOL Thrift Shop focuses on benefiting the community, the Lindsborg area has turned around and returned their generosity.
The store is nearly complete with a third expansion, sparked by the need for more space to sell the overflow of donations.
"We needed more room for the donations. It has just become tremendous and it has grown so much now that we use the first room addition for taking in the donations and then we use the new bigger addition for furniture donations," said Rose Erickson, manager of the thrift store.
TACOL Thrift Shop, located at 509 E. Swensson Ave., gets its name from its organizers: The Associated Churches Of Lindsborg. The thrift store uses proceeds from reselling donations to provide assistance to those in the Smoky Valley in financial crisis.
While the store has had many homes, Erickson described the current location as the most unique — they’ve added their own touches, while maintaining the original bowling alley floor.
"We hear comments from customers and they think its really organized and a cozy place. They feel like its more homey when they come in. We think everything about it is kind of unique. We try to keep it looking nice to keep people interested and try to do different displays to keep their interest," Erickson added.
In 2008, the store moved from two trailers into the old bowling alley on the north side of Lindsborg.
In 2013 the store added 2,400 square feet on the west side of the store. The newest addition, which started in 2016, added another 3,000 square feet on the north side of the store, which includes a room for large furniture, a restroom, a refreshment area for volunteers and a loft above the restroom for extra storage space.
"We use every inch of space we can for storage," Erickson laughed.
Most of the newest expansion was finished in March of 2017, but Erickson noted the bathroom and refreshment area that the restroom and refreshment area are still in the works.
Erickson said they were fortunate enough to receive the building from a farmer in Lindsborg who passed away.
"The farmer left money to be donated in different ways to the community. They bought the building and we were chosen for it. They gave it to us as a gift from the estate," she said.
The store accepts most household items, linens, dishes, clothing, furniture, books and electronics. Erickson noted that microwaves are not accepted, nor are televisions or large appliances. What isn't used in the store is then given to the Mennonite community.
"People like to hear that stuff isn't just thrown away," she noted.
For more information, call 785-227-4710 or visit their website at https://tacolthriftstorelindsborg.com.
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