Finding bargains and consigning goods becomes more convenient as the Wiesbaden Community Spouses Club (WCSC) Thrift Shop moves to Lower Hainerberg.
The new shop location is slated to officially open by mid June, with a Grand Opening celebration beginning at 9:30 am.
The former Post Exchange, at 7762 Washingtonstrasse – near the Taunus Theater, allows the thrift shop to double its sales floor and office space.
Additional space and more convenient location, indicates the strong possibility of more foot traffic, more donations and therefore more sales. It is projected that the shop could see as much of 30% increase in sales.
Courtney Parmer, WCSC Thrift Shop committee chair, said moving to the new location has been a goal and dream of the WCSC. It will allow the shop to better serve the community, and be especially convenient for families new to Germany staying in the lodge.
“I remember when I first moved to Germany and needed to buy new housewares, electronics, etcetera,” Parmer said. “Having a valuable resource like the Thrift Shop within walking distance would have been pure gold!”
What’s the Plan?
The Mainz Kastel location will remain open until May 30. In preparation for the move, a variety sales are planned.
Donations and consignments are no longer accepted at the Mainz Kastel location. All items should be taken to Hainerberg.
Donations will be accepted from 10 am to 4 pm and consignments will be accepted from noon to 4 pm on regular business days. Currently, donations and consignments are being dropped off in the front corner door by the laundry mat, said Grace Lauer, shop manager. Donations drop-off points could change once nearby construction projects are completed.
Along with convenience, the new location offers additional parking and expanded hours. The shop hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday and the second and fourth Saturday each month.
Talk of the shop’s move has been in the works for more than a year. The shop called Mainz Kastel home for nearly two years, and prior to that, at the vehicle registration office on the base.
Location, water, gas, electric and trash services are donated by the garrison. The club is responsible for the fixtures and wages paid to its four employees.
When the shop moves from Mainz Kastel, the garrison will determine the area’s new purpose.
How Does It Work?
The WCSC Thrift Shop is a community fundraiser for the WCSC. In 2018, the WCSC Thrift Shop raised $152,645 in funds that were given back to the community in the form of grants, gifts and scholarships.
All proceeds from donated items are collected and distributed back into the community. Items that are sold on consignment provide 70% of the sale price to the consigner and 30% to the shop.
To maintain inventory control, the shop tracks how long stock remains on the sales floor. Discounts are offered to help move inventory and donated items that are not sold are often re-donated to the WCSC partner, German-American Women’s Club Wiesbaden (GAIWC) for their fundraisers. The GAIWC also donates various items that are not sold at their spring bazaar to the thrift shop.
“It’s rewarding to know the impact we make on the community,” Lauer said. “This shop is a direct link to how we help each other and do good within our community.”
The WCSC Thrift Shop will be offering promotions on its inventory in the weeks leading up to the relocation. Be sure to “like” the ‘Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club Thrift Shop’ on Facebook to stay up to date on specials and promotions, as well as information on the Grand Opening celebration.
Volunteers Make All the Difference
Sorting, pricing, display set-ups and breakdowns are the work of numerous volunteers.
Thousands of items come through door each month. Each day the shop is open, about eight to ten volunteers offer their services. With seasonal changes and holidays, the shop often hosts additional working days with often as many as 20 volunteers. Membership to the WCSC is not required to volunteer.
“All our volunteers believe in our mission to help the community,” Lauer said. “Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the shop.”
Curb 2 Curb will partner with the thrift shop in the coming weeks to assist in the transportation of large donation items to the new shop.
Continued updates about the relocation will appear here on www.everythingaroundus.com
About the Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club
The Wiesbaden Community Spouses’ Club began in 1954, and is the oldest Spouses’ Club in Europe. Today, with more than 200 members, we are a very active part of the Wiesbaden community.
The purpose of WCSC is to develop, organize, and sponsor educational, charitable, and social activities. The club strives to foster, protect, and preserve the ideas of charity, benevolence, and good fellowship in keeping with the ideals of the United States Military Forces and Allies.
WCSC raises funds in support of community projects and benefiting the local military community, as well as regional, national, and international organizations.