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New Wake Forest thrift shop supports schools

Posted September 24, 2013

— There is a different kind of thrift shop in Wake Forest.

All proceeds from sales at The Giving Tree will be donated to 11 public and private schools in Wake Forest.

“Each time someone comes to volunteer or donate an item, they fill out a form and choose what school they want to support,” said store owner Leigh Grieco, who decided to open the shop as a way to raise money for her child’s school.

The Giving Tree Wake Forest thrift shop raises money for schools

“At the end of the year, The Giving Tree will donate its proceeds to the school based on the support they receive,” she said.

Customer Amy Kindrachuck said she is excited about the new store.

“I think that it is a fabulous idea,” she said. “I can get something that I love for my home and support the schools.”

The Giving Tree hopes to donate $10,000 to education in its first year.

“We just want the best for our kids, and education is just so wildly important to me and everyone I know,” Grieco said.

The Giving Tree is not the first of its kind in the area. The PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro and Chapel Hill has been in business for more than 50 years and contributes $250,000 to local schools annually.


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  • WralCensorsAreBias Sep 24, 2013

    Good for them, but I'm still voting NO on the School Bond.

  • flashyswife Sep 24, 2013

    How will they make money to pay the lighting and overhead bills?

  • MARX Sep 24, 2013

    Per their website:
    839 South Main Street
    Wake Forest, NC 27587

  • rrg41968 Sep 24, 2013

    Might be helpful to tell us WHERE in Wake Forest this shop is located.