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October 30, 2013

Thrift Store supports Mid-County boosters, area churches

NEDERLAND — Shopping at a local thrift store can mean more than just finding bargains, it also means supporting the community and Mid-County booster clubs.

Booster Buddies Thrift Store Donation Center, 3417 Nederland Ave., in Nederland, features a rotating stock of items at a bargain price. Though the store is not a non-profit, the owners donate a portion of proceeds to support Port Neches-Groves and Nederland booster clubs. Items not used in the store are donated to local and area churches.

Owners Mike and Barbara McMahon opened the store just more than a year ago.

“We are donation driven, Mike McMahon said. “Everything we sell here is donated.”

Store employees sort through donations which range from fashionable clothing to “good clean wares that someone can take home and enjoy and get it at a reduced rate,” Barbara McMahon said.

The couple have grandchildren who are part of Mid-County school districts hence their devotion to the Bulldogs and Indians boosters and the Nederland High School Band Boosters.

Port Neches-Groves Booster Club President Craig Meaux said Booster Buddies has been a positive contributor to the club for the last few years.

“We are proud to be associated with the work they are doing and thankful for the support they provide,” Meaux said.

The McMahons explained that the store features a convenient drive-through area for donations and speedy service from employees. Items are then sorted and those in less than perfect condition such as clothing that is missing buttons or torn is set aside for donation to the Salvation Army. That pile, they said, is sold for rags and are later sold for pennies on the pound by the Salvation Army. Some items are also set aside for donation to other thrift stores to help the community.

The items are sorted a second time and clothing is color coordinated and placed on the racks.

“Items stay on the racks for 14 days and we pull items from the racks everyday,” she said referring to a system in place to rotate items. Items that are rotated off the racks go to area churches such as Rock Church in Port Arthur, Labelle Baptist in Labelle and Lily of the Valley Baptist Church in Anahuac. Some items are donated to Salvation Army, Some Other Place in Beaumont and the Women and Children’s Abuse Center in Beaumont.

Booster Buddies accepts donations of clothing, shoes, purses, knick-knacks and more.

Items not accepted include large furniture, mattresses and electronics such as TV’s and computers.

The couple have warm memories of customers who, like many in today’s economy, are working to make ends meet.

“At the beginning of school a lady came in with her four children, the oldest looked to be about 12,” she said. “The mom outfitted the kids for school for around $80. The oldest girl said ‘oh my God, mom, do you know how much that would have cost at the mall? About $300.’”

The couple are happy to be helping others.

“Once you get into it and see the faces of people, those who are struggling, when they find a bargain and see how happy it makes them. It enriches our lives,” she added.

For more information about Booster Buddies Thrift Store and Donation Center see their Facebook page. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Friday.


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