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Thrift stores in Forsyth County fund charities through donations, sales



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No Longer Bound Thrift Store manager Jason Avera said his store has done very well since opening two years ago. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. (click for larger version)

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Family Haven Thrift Store's Beth Meers, Pat Shope and manager Claudia Golden take a much needed break from keeping the store stocked for customers. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. (click for larger version)

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Humane Society of Forsyth County Thrift Shop Executive Director Debbie Bertsch and store manager Cliff Norton both love what they do, and the staff at the store. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson. (click for larger version)
May 31, 2014
CUMMING, Ga.—Thrift store shopping in on the upswing and four local charities are benefiting from the saying, one person's trash is another person's treasure.

Family Haven, the Forsyth County Humane Society, No Longer Bound and Abba House all have thrift stores to help support their cause.

"We opened in September 2010," Forsyth County Humane Society Thrift Store Executive Director Debbie Bertsch said. "Since then, we've raised over $375,000 for the Humane Society."

That's a lot of kibble.

"We have donations coming in all of the time," Bertsch said. "We've got a group of amazing employees that work hard to keep our program so successful.”

Bertsch said they keep the store stocked with fresh items and things that don't sell are donated to other charities like Helping Hands.

"What we can't donate we recycle and that money also goes to the Humane Society," she said.

Jason Avera manages No Longer Bound's thrift store and said they raise about $10,000 a week for their program.

"Our program is a faith-based addiction recovery and regenerating program," Avera said. "The store has been opened for two years and we're doing well."

Avera said they turn items quickly by reducing the price and recycle things that don't sell.

Family Haven's thrift store has been in business for about 20 years.

Manager Claudia Golden said the store not only sells donated items to raise money for the charity but also uses items donated for women in the program.

"Family Haven is a program for women and children of domestic violence," Golden said. "And a lot of women come to Family Haven with nothing, but the clothes on their backs so we give them what they need when they arrive and also help get them set up when they're ready to be on their own again."

Abba House, a faith based addiction recovery program for women has two thrift store locations in the Cumming area.

The Silver City location opened in 2002 and has seen over 50 percent in profits since opening.

Abba House thrift stores fund over 40 percent of the programs operating costs.


The Place of Forsyth County is a nonprofit that has been serving Forsyth County families with emergency basic needs since 1975. The Place also operates a thrift store onsite. All sales support The Place’s operations.

Thrift Store at a glance: 



*Humane Society of Forsyth County Thrift Store

168 Tri-County Plaza, Cumming, Ga 30040

Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit www.bit.ly/1tTMc87

*No Longer Bound Thrift Store

315 Dahlonega Street, Cumming, Ga. 30040

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Donation Center

2725 Pine Grove Road, Cumming, Ga. 30041

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit www. bit.ly/1tTMhZE

*Family Haven Thrift Store

433 Canton Highway, Cumming, Ga. 30040

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www.bit.ly/1tTMqfI

*Abba House Thrift Stores

6800 Dahlonega Highway, Cumming, Ga. 30028

243 Stowers Road E Dawsonville, Ga 30534

Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Visit www.bit.ly/1tTMA6x

*The Place of Forsyth County

2550 The Place Circle, Cumming, Ga. 30040

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit www. bit.ly/1tTMDze 

Clark Savage/Clayton CameraCraft

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