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Eyeing write-offs on taxes, donors stock the shelves

The end of 2012 and the start of 2013 has brought a boost in donations to the county Goodwill store located on Halifax Road in Centerville.

According to Manager Patricia Martin and Assistant Manager Gwen Jennings, the days of Dec. 30 and Dec. 31 are the thrift store’s busiest time of the year for donations.

Martin and Jennings reported people contributed more than 200 donations last year between Dec. 30 and 31.

This year, the store received 284 donations between Dec. 24 and Dec. 30 with the store being closed on Christmas Day.

Martin said the reason donations increase toward the end of the year is because people want to get the tax write-offs.

Martin and Jennings said donations are a little slower than last year because of the sluggish economy.

“Because of the economy people are trying to save what they have and hold on to it,” Jennings said.

The two managers said they are always willing to accept all donations in good condition, and 11 donation boxes are set up throughout the county including two on site at the store in Centerville. 

Other locations include the county landfill, North Main Street, Grubby Road, Route 659, Route 57 next to Meadville Elementary School, Volens Elementary School, Brookneal and Lenning Road.

The store was opened New Year’s Eve from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and they accepted donations until 5.  

The store’s regular hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Jennings and Martin said Saturdays and during the spring and summer months after people have had yard sales are also times donations tend to increase at the store.

The two said they mostly get donations of clothing and housewares, and the store’s bestsellers include women’s clothing housewares and shoes.

Martin and Jennings said senior citizen sales days on Tuesdays are their biggest selling days with senior citizens receiving 25 percent off all purchases.

The two managers said the store clientele varies from young to elderly. Sometimes they see the same customers, and at other times they see different customers.

“It just varies,” Martin said. “We have something for everybody. We like to help the community by taking donations and pricing them so people can afford it. We have a very friendly staff who is willing to help.”