Run by 75-80 volunteers, a director, and assistant manager; the mission of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop has remained the same since 1977, to serve God by being a service to all His people. Selling donated goods at reasonable prices has allowed us to help many in our community. Profits from the Thrift Shop are divided between St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and agencies in the community who assist those in need.
On July 7, 1977 women from Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church opened Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop in Daphne in the old Methodist Church building. In 1998, after several hurricanes, the Thrift Shop was moved to the newly renovated Trione’s Meat Market on Main Street in Daphne.
The downtown store along with the population of the Eastern Shore flourished, but due to the store flooding time and again, a new location was needed.
Being a mission of Saint Paul’s Church, it was decided that the Thrift Shop needed to be on church property. In 2002, the Thrift Shop moved in to its present location at 28788 North Main Street.
“St Paul’s thrift shop has set the standard for other church thrift shops” Becky Costlow, Assistant Manager of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop. “We have shared our knowledge and sometimes supplies with over six groups who have established their own shops!”
As a volunteer, the best part of working at the Thrift Shop is seeing God’s work in action.
“What people may not know is that every day we serve individuals who are referred to us and are in need of clothing or house wares,” Becky Costlow said. “Often people walk in off the street needing help, and we serve them as well. Every shift has regulars, and we get to know our customers. They share events happening in their lives, experiences they have had, their joys, and their sorrows.”
In addition to low prices on beautiful clothing and home decor for everyone, the Shop also provides a rewarding experience for volunteers.
“The best part about volunteering here is the friendships we make, the camaraderie and silliness, all the great homemade goodies that get brought in, and the wonderful shopping. Volunteers, after all, get to see the stuff first! And, we get some fabulous stuff,” said Linda Davis-Monley, Director of Saint Paul’s Thrift Shop.
In November, the Thrift Shop will host its annual Holiday Shoppe the weekend before Thanksgiving. Saint Paul’s Life Center will be filled with top quality clothing, art, furniture, and seasonal items all at reasonable prices. The Holiday Shoppe is the perfect place to find unusual and distinctive Christmas gifts. Holiday Shoppe is open for three days, beginning with a Friday night gala serving lavish hors d’oeuvres and other refreshments. In recent years, the 400 tickets to the Gala have sold out weeks in advance.