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Children's Port Townsend Thrift Store Expands into New Space

August 03, 2004

Seattle, Wash. – Children's Port Townsend Thrift Store, the second oldest thrift store in Children's Retail Store division, is undergoing a major re-location and expansion.

Seattle, Wash. – Children's Port Townsend Thrift Store, the second oldest thrift store in Children's Retail Store division, is undergoing a major re-location and expansion. To celebrate, the store is holding a "Grand Re-Opening" celebration and ribbon cutting on August 13th at its new location at 2120 West Sims Way (next door to its old space) at 11:00am. The new space is almost three times larger, increasing from 1,575 sq. ft. to 4,050 sq. ft.

"Our move and expansion is a direct result of the store's belief in the value of customer service, the "hometown feeling" that exists among our shoppers, and the Jefferson County community's support of Children's Hospital's mission of providing the best medical care to all children," said Sue Garlinghouse, Port Townsend Thrift Store Manager.

"This move was also highly supported by valued past Auxiliary member and well-known area townsperson Dorothy Hunt, who encouraged our continued growth and success. The building owners, Shirley Rudolph and Jim Thiessen, also deserve credit for working very hard to remodel the space to accommodate us. The thrift store's expansion into new space shows just how dedicated our community is to helping the patients at Children's."

Children's staff will also be handing out health education flyers on bike and swimming safety at the Grand Re-Opening, and will hold a drawing to give out several free life vests.

Thrift Store History

The Thrift Store opened in 1928 under the Jefferson County Orthopedic Auxiliary and was subsequently assumed by the Port Townsend Auxiliary in 1949. The new location, the largest since it was founded, will be the store's sixth in its history. Children's Port Townsend Thrift Store is a valuable part of the Port Townsend community, as evidenced by the city's proclamation that February 15th is "Port Townsend's Children's Hospital Thrift Store Day." The Thrift Store was also recently named a finalist in the "Best Second Hand Store To Shop In the Peninsula" by readers of the Peninsula Daily News.

Donations Always Needed and Welcome

Donations of good merchandise are always needed and welcomed. Contributions help ensure that children can access Children's services regardless of their family's ability to pay. One hundred percent of the profits of all of Children's thrift stores benefit Children's Hospital.

With the new space, the Port Townsend Thrift Store is now able to accept furniture, and continues to seek kitchenware and top-grade, gently-used clothing. The new thrift store hours will be: Open Monday-Saturday from 9:30am - 5:30pm, and Sunday from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The store will also be open holidays, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day and Easter.

Photos of the new location are available by calling Amy MacIver, Media Relations, at (206) 987-5210.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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