Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.  •  8265 State Route 812  •  Lowville, NY  13367
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Open Monday through Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
Saturdays, 9 AM - Noon
(Closed on Federal holidays)
Telephone:  315-376-2981

How to volunteer

Volunteers make the operation of the Thrift Store possible

The Opportunity Knocks Thrift Store would not be possible without the generosity of community donors,
who donate pre-owned goods and/or their time to help operate the store.

 
 
 
Thrift Store thrives in community
with expanded hours and retail space 


In October, 2011 when we first opened the Opportunity Knocks Thrift Store, we honestly didn’t know what to expect.  Since then, we have been overwhelmed with the level of support from the community, both with donated items and with customer patronage.  Within six months of opening, we expanded our retail space to the second floor, with an expanded assortment of clothing for customers of all varieties.  We also listened to your suggestions for expanded hours of operation, which we're doing our best to accommodate. So stop in … shop … and walk away with some great bargains, while knowing you did something good for your community!
 
 

 

Community Impact At A Glance Since its inception, the Thrift Store has generated nearly $150,000 in sales; $33,632  of which occurred during 2016. That’s a lot of knick-knacks, used clothing, and pots and pans!  Our Thrift Store provides a valuable community resource for low-income families, and it also keeps items out of landfills that can be reused and up-cycled.  The Thrift Store is also a great place to volunteer!
 
 
About the Opportunity Knocks Thrift Store
 
Opportunity Knocks features a variety of new or pre-owned clothing, appliances, furniture, kitchenware, decorations, and a whole lot more at very affordable prices.  Be sure to stop by often, as new inventory is added daily.
   

our Thrift Store features clothing

our Thrift Store features clothing

Our retail space includes a second level, which features clothing
 for a variety of ages from infants to adults.
 

Shoes of varying sizes are offered at cut rate prices.

New housewares arrive daily

Shoes of varying sizes are offered at cut rate prices.

New housewares arrive daily
and include dishes, utensils and blankets

 

Books and magazines for all ages arrive on a regular basis.

Books and magazines for all ages arrive on a regular basis.

Books and magazines for all ages arrive on a regular basis.

   

 

 

Sure to please the youngsters, we offer a selection of stuffed animals, all clean and gently used. Seasonal items are rotated regularly

Sure to please the youngsters, we offer a selection of stuffed animals, all clean and gently used.

Seasonal items are rotated regularly
throughout the year.

 
 
The store features a variety of new and pre-owned household appliances, kitchenware, clothing, toys, books, decorations and electronics.  The store is located in the historic Crystal View Building at the corner of State Route 812 and Artz Road in the hamlet of New Bremen.

According to Beverly Howlett, Family Services Program Manager, the idea for a thrift store originated from the former Furniture Barn program at Opportunities, in which the agency accepted donations from the public and distributed it to residents who were in need.  However over time, agency accumulated an excess inventory of a variety of perfectly usable household items for redistribution.  “The economy is tough, and everyone is looking for ways to make ends meet; we thought this was a natural progression for the program.  Plus, it's all about recycling and reusing things and keeping them out of landfills,” said Ms. Howlett.  While there are other thrift stores in the area, the intent of the store is to simply provide another place for people to purchase low-priced goods as a service to our community, and not to compete with anyone else.  “Why throw something away when there may someone out there that could use these products?” said Ms. Howlett.

Donor generosity is key in the store's success, both in terms of donated items and volunteer time.  "The goal is to ultimately to run the store with volunteers", said Ms. Howlett.  New inventory is arriving each day, with items aggressively priced to move quickly.  Net proceeds from the store help support current or future services for low-income residents of Lewis County. 

Anyone interested in donating items can call 315-376-2981.  

 
 
Opportunity Knocks Loves Its Volunteers!
 

 

The store relies on the generosity of volunteers, who donate their time to process incoming donations and operate the store, all for the worthy cause of providing a resource for folks in the community to obtain used items affordably.  There's always plenty to do, so if you'd like to become a volunteer for the store, visit our volunteer page, give us a call at 376-2981, or email us!

 

"I enjoy helping people, and you can volunteer whatever hours you want.  We have a great bunch, so come join us and have some fun!"

"I wanted to volunteer
and saw this in the local paper.
 I enjoy it, and I don't have to drive far."

   

- Ann

- Peg

 
 
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