Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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The George Mercer, Jr. Memorial School of Theology 
65 Fourth Street
Garden City, NY 11427

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Tricia Vertucci 
Episcopal Ministries of Long Island | Episcopal Diocese of Long Island 
516-248-4800 Ext. 119 

Thrift Store Workshop

Saturday, October 7, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Mercer School of Theology


The Bargains & Blessings of Thrift Store Ministry 

 Thrift stores are experiencing a revival and renewed sense of opportunity in these challenging economic times, as more people are in search of bargains or unique treasures.

 Attend this workshop to understand how the thrift stores at St. Mark’s, Islip, Christ Church, Brentwood and St. John’s, Oakdale have used their thrift store ministry to help transition vulnerable neighbors, to raise funds to help sustain their parish or to generate revenue needed for other outreach ministries.

 During the first half of the workshop, we will focus on all aspects of this ministry including;

 Best practices in merchandizing and retail operations  

  • Facilitating growth & enhancing store features
  • Being relevant - responding to what your community wants and needs
  • Strategically handling surplus items and overflow
  • Developing enriching partnerships and collaborations
  • Managing volunteers and inspiring community service

 Everyone has something to offer about how they “do business” and so the second half of this workshop will be a roundtable discussion that will give attendees the opportunity to delve more deeply into specific areas of interest.  Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on the various ways this ministry can change lives and transform all those involved, not just the people shopping.

 We hope will join us and explore the many ways this ministry can be used to positively impact your church and the wider community. 

A light lunch will be served.