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St. Paul's Church to reopen popular second-hand shop

Reopening soon: Martha Sadler, left, and Jean French are currently hard at work behind the doors of Marie's Cupboard, a thrift store located at St. Paul's Church in Prescott. JOURNAL PHOTO/BURCHELL

Marie's Cupboard, a decade-old, second-hand store located on George Street is set to reopen on Friday, November 13.

The store is set up on the side of the church where the community hall is located and had been open for a little more than ten years when they closed last spring due to COVID-19. The two women who are working toward the reopening say it will be the same as before with a few new additions.

"We have spread out a bit more to include the Ladies' Parlour," says Martha Sadler, a volunteer with the church. "We will have a big selection of winter hats, scarves, vests, pants and some coats. As well, the usual shop will be open for men's and ladies' clothes and knick-knacks." She adds that small group events like yoga classes will be able to continue gathering here on the other days of the week.

Sadler explains that when the shop closed its doors in March, they were setting up spring and summer items and displays, and no one had even thought about Christmas 2020 yet. As a result, she has spent many hours over the last few weeks sorting, purging and organizing. With help from Jean French, the store is starting to look more like winter than spring.

"Our big display table in the front area will be devoted to Christmas items; we have several things which would make really nice gifts," says Sadler.

Originally known as St. Paul's Cupboard, the volunteer board changed the name to Marie's Cupboard to honor Marie Crooker, who worked on the project for ten years. They are also changing the hours from four days a week to just Fridays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until noon. After Christmas they will assess the need and may resume four days at a later date.

Sadler and French say they are prepared to operate the second-hand outlet like any retail store by having hand sanitizer at the ready and making sure all customers are wearing a mask.

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