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March 2013       Issue 2.8
FARR Resale Shop 
The Fenton Area Resource & Referral thrift shop or F.A.R.R is the small town resale store that has done exceptionally powerful things for our local community. Perhaps one of Fenton’s best kept secrets, they are often surprised by the number of people who drop in believing they have discovered a new business only to realize F.A.R.R has been serving our community for over two decades. In that time, they have given back by selling charitable contributions of gently used items to do good in the community and transform lives. They come to the aid of families in financial need, providing basic commodities such as electrical, medical and housing assistance. When families have lost everything to fire, F.A.R.R. supplies clothing and help to get their lives back to normal and to children in need.

Mickey Wright, who has managed the store since 1998, says the local non-profit relies heavily on the sale of donated goods such as clothing and other household items. “We have been struggling as the volume of donated items dropped significantly in the months following the appearance of the larger corporate for-profit thrift stores”. F.A.R.R is focused on public awareness of the issue and hopes to educate the public on the many ways their generous donations help their friends and neighbors in need. The organization is calling for increased donations as the proceeds from the sale of these goods are what fund’s F.A.R.R.’s many missions. Having helped so many people and families in this community with those proceeds, it’s vital that they address the donation shortage quickly.

While the recession and difficult economic times have something to do with diminished donations, other factors are also at work locally. Often the words ‘clothing donations’ appear on signs and drop boxes and people automatically believe it’s for charity. In reality, only a small percentage goes to charity, and remarkably little of that is used locally. At Fenton Area Resource & Referral thrift shop, once the operational expenses are covered, all of the proceeds go back into our community. Fortunately F.A.R.R. is staffed entirely by volunteers, and with no-one on payroll, the business expenses are limited to keeping the store in operation. Unfortunately, when donations are down, so are sales, leading to a decrease in funds to help our neighbors in need.

Wright says” We are always in demand for donations of clothing, especially children’s and women’s apparel as well as furniture, toys and household items” Holiday decor and tools are also immensely popular items in the store. She also would like to invite everyone to drop in and explore the store for great deals. You never know what amazing bargains you’ll find and all purchases help support those in need in the surrounding area. Because they are solely operated by a staff of volunteers, the shop is open fewer days and shorter hours than their larger competitors. They make up for these differences by what they give back to the community.

Mrs. Wright asks that whenever you are considering making clothing or housewares donations that you please make The Fenton Area Resource & Referral thrift shop your first drop off. If your church or organization is seeking volunteer or donation opportunities to make a difference in your local community, please, contact Mickey Wright at F.A.R.R to find out how you can help support this small town shop with the big heart.

Fenton Area Resource & Referral thrift shop
109 Mill St Fenton, MI 48430 (810) 750-6244
Hours: Tue, 10am - 3:30pm; Wed, Thu, noon - 3:30pm; Fri, Sat, 10am - 3:30pm
Payments accepted: Cash, Debit Card, MasterCard, Personal Check, Visa Donations hours:
Donations can be made during store hours only.
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