Tough economic times? Area thrift shop thrives

Dorothy Hogan (left) and Cordelia Ewell (right)

CROSBY — Located at 944 Church Street in Crosby, Churches United in Caring (called C.U.I.C. by its volunteer workers, shoppers, and donors) provides an excellent resource for those seeking to use their money wisely, hoping to make each dollar stretch as far as possible.

The Thrift Shop, open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. has a wide variety of items that can be purchased for cents on the dollar-value of the purchase: furniture, large and small appliances, clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, toys, linens, craft items, collectibles, housewares, luggage, books and tapes, ladies’ jewelry. New merchandise appears on racks and shelves each day. Donations of items to be sold come into C.U.I.C. from individuals in the community and from businesses as well.

Because C.U.I.C. is a 501©(3) non-profit organization, contributions of money and used and new potential merchandise are tax-deductible. Crews of volunteers from area churches sort and price items that are donated and put them out for sale in the Thrift Shop.

Proceeds from the Thrift Shop provide 80+% of the budget for the facility’s operation and for funds for the Assistance Center and Food Pantry adjacent to the Thrift Shop. That Center serves clients in need in the Barrett, Crosby, and Huffman communities. The Assistance Center interviews clients on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10:00 AM to 11:30. Amazingly, C.U.I.C. has been in operation since 1983 and continues to grow.

More than 100 volunteers run the Thrift Shop, Assistance Center, and Food Pantry, all under the C.U.I.C. Board that meets monthly. While many of us are experiencing tough economic times, C.U.I.C.’s THRIFT SHOP offers all a chance to furnish a room, dress in attractive clothing, or find a great book to read for a very reasonable price. For more information, call C.U.I.C. between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at 281-328-3178.