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Blessings Thrift Store manager reaching out to community


By Jason A. Smith
Times Correspondent

   Recent road improvements at the intersection of Phillips Drive may have eased traffic woes in McDonough, but they have also moved a popular thrift store off the beaten path, and manager Beverly Barnes wants people to know that her store is still open for business.

Beverly Barnes, manager of Blessings Thrift Store, and Hootie the cat welcome customers at the store entrance.
                                                      Photo by Mickie Jackson

  Blessings Thrift Store, located on Work Camp Road, was used to a steady stream of drive by traffic, however, with the realignment, that traffic has been reduced.

  “It’s not like we’ve lost our business, but it has affected us,” said Barnes.

  The store generates funds to support programs at the Haven House, Henry County’s domestic-violence agency. Barnes and her staff collect donations from the community to help women at the shelter with clothing, furniture, linens and household items.  

  “We also assist any others who have needs in the county,” she said.

  The store has been at its current location for four years, and previously operated on Jodeco Road. Barnes said Blessings has experienced a 15-25 percent drop in customers since a traffic light was installed at the intersection of Ga. Highway 20/81 and Phillips Drive earlier this year.

  “It can be a little difficult for people to find us,” she said. “We have people that call us every day, and we have to give them step-by-step directions to find us. Once they find us, they know where they’re at, but we do have people that tell us, ‘We can’t find you.’”

   The traffic light was part of a joint road realignment project for Henry County and the City of McDonough earlier this year. McDonough also received funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation, in the form of a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant, for the project.

   “We’re still kind of in transition,” said Barnes. “There’s a new sign directing people here, but I guess people still have issues with finding us.”

Blessings Thrift Store has something for everyone. The store is located at 86 Work Camp Road in McDonough.
                                                      Photo by Mickie Jackson

   Barnes regularly distributes flyers in the community about the thrift store, and advertises in publications. Still, she said she has largely had to rely on word-of-mouth advertising through existing customers, including some who frequented the store at its former location.

   Barnes is hopeful that she can get the word out about a cause that is close to her heart.

   “It’s important to me because we assist many people on a daily basis,” said Barnes. “Our prices are very reasonable. We have different sales every day. We get told that we are a blessing to many people in the community.”

  Blessings Thrift Store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Pickup service is available for furniture and other large items, and donors will receive receipts for tax purposes, said Barnes.

   “We just want people to know we’re here, and we encourage people to come shop,” she said.

   To schedule a pickup or for more information, call 770-288-6503 or 770-288-6490.



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