BLUFFTON — A chance discussion about the potential sale of the old glove factory in Bluffton led to a new home for the Et Cetera Shop.
“My husband was having breakfast with his boyhood friend and the boyhood friend said, ‘They’re selling the glove factory,’ and Stan came home and within three or four hours we were here,” said Suzann Bauman.
The building, at 327 N. Main St. in Bluffton, would provide plenty of space but would need some TLC before they could move in.
“We’ve been looking for a new space for quite a while and so we looked around different places,” said Chrissy Lugibihl, store manager. “I came down and we looked at it and it seemed like it could be a perfect fit but it was very dark and would need some upgrades. We were able to purchase the building outright. Then, we had fundraising from people in the community.”
On Sunday, there was a sneak peek fundraiser where people could pay up to $25 to be the first shoppers at the new location. All the money from that event and operations of the thrift store will go to the Mennonite Central Committee, a non-profit relief organization.
John Spaeth, a long-time volunteer, makes sure anything that’s electronic is ready to sell.
“We just check it to make sure it works. We do very little repair. If it’s something simple, we can do it,” said Spaeth.
Spaeth is grateful for the additional space they have in the new location.
“In the other store, we were in the basement so we were constantly going up and down the stairs. This is all on one floor so it’s just easier to get stuff in,” he said.
People will notice the increased retail space at the new location, making shopping for bargains that much easier.
“It’s easier to get around with wheelchairs, strollers. It’s all handicapped accessible. The back room, where we are doing our processing of donations, more people can work at the same time,” said Lugibihl.
The store opens to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.