Lyndonville United Methodist working toward thrift store

Virginia Kropf/contributorRuth Hedges, a member of the Lyndonville United Methodist Church, has been instrumental in helping to establish a new thrift store in the church’s basement. She shows off a new sign which was designed by her son Curtis Canham, a graphic designer.

LYNDONVILLE – A new thrift store opening in Lyndonville is fulfilling a vision pastor Olga Gonzalez says God has for Lyndonville United Methodist Church.

The thrift store will open March 30 in 1,000 square feet of space in the church basement. The space was not being utilized, and church members thought that would be a perfect place for a thrift store. Entrance will be on the north side of the church.

Plans are shaping up and support is overwhelming for the project, said Ruth Hedges, who has been working to organize the new venture. They have been collection donations of goods since last summer. They were able to get free racks and hangars from Bon Ton in Lockport when it closed, Hedges said.

The name chosen for the thrift store is “Hope Resales: A Community Thrift Store.”

“We went through a lot of names and had a lot of suggestions,” Hedges said.

One day, recalling a verse from the Bible in Romans 12:9-13, she and the pastor decided on the name.

Hedges’ son, Curtis Canham, is a graphic designer and came up with a logo for the thrift store.

They are looking to the community for donations to stock the store.

Valerie Wells, church secretary and a lifelong resident of Lyndonville, remembers when there used to be a thrift store in Lyndonville.

“But that was years ago,” she said.

The church welcomes donations of good, clean clothing and household items. They cannot accommodate large appliances or furniture.

Gonzalez’ wish is that Hope Resales will benefit the Lyndonville community and beyond. As a Hispanic, Puerto Rican pastor, Gonzalez also hopes to reach out to the Hispanic people in the area.

“I want everyone to come and see God’s love through Hope Resales,” she said.