A New Year, A New Day
A new year is here. The calendar is calling us to lose weight, start fresh, vow to stop procrastinating or recommit to our relationships. But in truth, January 1 is simply just another day. Each and every day, the sun comes up, the world still turns and we have another opportunity to live into the person God intended us to be. And if we don’t quite make it today, God gives us another. And another. And another.
Every day when the doors open at Hope Thrift, we open our arms to receive every shopper who enters. We welcome every person donating a bag of clothes or dining room set. We embrace (literally!) every one who wanders around, simply looking for something that calls out to them, “I am yours!” And each volunteer at the store answers, “You are ours. You are family. You are home.”
Our customers—really our family—are as diverse as the items on the floor. Some are immigrants trying to get a foothold in our city and buy a warm winter jacket for a child. Others are keen-eyed shoppers who recognize a mid-century modern table that is “practically priceless” but priced to sell. Others are looking for that one saucer and cup to complete grandma’s set of Christmas Spode. If they don’t find what they’re seeking today, most try again. And again. Until they do.
Many of our customers also donate items—from brand new designer dresses, to well-worn rockers to “things” whose purpose remains elusive (until a customer tells us, “I know what that’s for!) It’s all part of what makes Hope Thrift hum right along; not like a finely-tuned Ferrari, but a noisy, raucous and joyful family that considers everyone a member. And that means you.
As the new year approaches, and then passes, know you can start every day anew. Every day, something new enters our store, your store. Every day, an old friend stops in to show off a new grandbaby. Every day, a new face is welcomed and invited to return again and again until they too, become family.
We hope to share more stories from Hope Thrift in the coming months so that you too feel at home in our store–so that you feel more than just “at home,” but that it “is” home. So as we welcome the New Year, we also welcome you in, calling you family and welcoming you home.