It’s that time of year again, the King Outreach Ministry Thrift Store will be holding its biannual bag sale from Sept. 14 through 17.
The sale is primarily for clothes suited for summer time and is used to purge the store of excess summer clothing to make way for more heavy garments for the approaching winter season.
According to Seresa Wyatt-Poindexter, manager of the thrift store, shoppers are able to fill large paper grocery bags with as many clothing items as possible for only $5.
Following the sale, the store will be closed on Sept. 19 and 20, which allows time for the store’s staff to clean and load all of the winter items before reopen on Sept. 21.
Wyatt-Poindexter said the sale is a much anticipated event and always runs concurrently with the Stokes County Fair. The store also holds a bag sale in the spring in order to make room for summer clothing.
The sale not only draws in local shoppers, but out of state bargain hunters as well, Wyatt-Poindexter said. On the morning the sale starts, Wyatt-Poindexter explained people are typically lined up around the store, waiting to cram their bags with as many items as possible.
In years past, the bag sale has raised anywhere between $3,000 and $5,000.
Wyatt-Poindexter is one of three paid staff members of King Outreach Ministry, with the other two positions being the director of the organization and an assistant manager for the store. The organization also bolsters a volunteer base of 30 individuals.
“They wanted to give the customers a good deal, it was an easy way to replenish the inventory instead of having to place it back in storage,” Wyatt-Poindexter said.
King Outreach Ministry is a charity organization that assists people who are in need with food, money for medicine and power bills, and clothing.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.