Discover Treasures at All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop

By Gloria Merryman, in Extreme Sponsors

It’s amazing that “Slower Lower” Sussex County will be the focus of Extreme Makover: Home Edition.  A well deserving family will be awarded the surprise of their lifetime, but along with that, the show offers much more than entertainment. It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, to overcome struggles, and to share in the joys.

A build project of this magnitude is only successful because of the volunteers, sponsors and donors that open more than their hearts.
It was surprising to see a thrift shop on the list of cash sponsors for this Extreme Makeover project, and even more surprising that they were able to donate $5,000! During these hard economic times, they contributed a substantial amount of money.
A Friendly Visit
On Monday I went to visit All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop in the Rehoboth Plaza. They are in what is often called “the forgotten mile”, but the area is not forgotten by any means. There is plenty of commerce on both sides of Coastal Highway; you’ve probably been caught in its traffic as you traveled north or south on Ocean Highway.
For a Monday morning, it was packed.  Were they giving something away?  The shop appeared to be quite stocked, even after the weekend. Very organized with friendly staffers helping the customers.
If anyone knows the hardships of someone in need is All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop.  It contributes to about 60 charities in Sussex County, besides the individual needs of some in the community, and other support organizations.
The Organizers
I met Lynn Kaplan and Richard Faull, who with an army of about 60 volunteers of all denominations make the Thrift Shop a must stop shop for quality and affordable merchandise.  Since 1994 this shop has been serving collectors, people living on a fixed income, students, and those that just love the art of “thrifting” – that love of rummaging through second hand stores, finding treasures that perhaps were someone’s trash, or imagining what the former life of the item was like.
Lynn loves taking customers around, putting an outfit together and making suggestions.  She said they have the best customers.
I wanted to meet them because I might not recognize them tonight at the Pep Rally.  Will they be crying or laughing?  Richard said he cries easily.  It will, definitely, be an emotionally charged evening.
The Pep Rally + Benefit Concert will take place at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware.  It will unite the community as a whole and it will be very powerful. I hope to see you there!

All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop
in the Rehoboth Plaza
20673 Coastal Highway
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
302-226-3123
www.rehoboththriftshop.org
The Thrift Shop is open for business and donations, Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Thrift Shop is also a member of the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, which is a group of different denominations, together meeting the needs of others.
All Saints’ Parish Thrift Shop is directly associated with All Saints’ Church, 18 Olive Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 and St. George’s Chapel, 20274 Beaver Dam Rd., Rt. 23, Harbeson, Delaware 19951.

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