CARY — Everyone loves a good deal, and some of the best bargains are on the rack at a shop in Cary where helping yourself can help others.
Dorcas Thrift Shop has been in business for 30 years. Only the finest donations make it to the floor of the upscale Cary thrift shop. Donations not up to par are bagged and sent to other agencies.
"We have a standard. We definitely do. We don't want to sell torn things, dirty things, out of style clothing," says president Polly Jenkins.
Judy Porter is a regular shopper at the store. She finds great buys there on clothes for her grandchildren.
"They're boys, and they outgrow their clothes so fast that I just come here and get a lot of good bargains, OshKosh clothes, and stuff at good prices," Porter says.
Some of the clothes sold at the thrift shop are actually brand new, including some gowns donated by a store at a mall that sell for only $25.
The thrift shop brings in thousands of dollars a month, at least half of which is passed on to people in financial trouble.
"I think it's our way of showing love. That's our commitment," Jenkins says.
The commitment is shared by about 200 volunteers who operate the shop. Bessie Barker has been tagging items for 30 years.
"I enjoy doing it and I feel like that I'm helping someone else," Barker says.
Even the shoppers are helping others as they rack up on good deals.
The Dorcas Thrift Shop is located on Northeast Maynard Road and is open six days a week. Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to call(919) 469-1351.