Friday, April 20, 2007

The Gold Mine leaps into spring


By GREG MOORE
Express Staff Writer

A long line of people wait to enter the Gold Mine thrift store in Ketchum on its spring grand opening. Photo by Willy Cook

The Gold Mine thrift store had a record sales day for its spring grand opening on Friday, April 13, in a newly spruced up home.

"There were two cash registers open with lines at them all day," store manager Jan Mason said.

Mason said numerous customers came from as far as Boise or Twin Falls to attend the opening.

The store had been closed for the previous two weeks for a remodel. The 3,500-square-foot building received a new paint job inside, new carpet and new linoleum floor in its back sports section. Mason said Grabher Construction, Espinoza Flooring and J.E. Sweek Architectural Coatings submitted lower-than-usual bids, and Silver Creek Outfitters donated a large set of shelves.

"They took care of the Gold Mine," Mason said.

Now in its 51st year, the thrift store provides 55 percent of the Ketchum Community Library's $1.4 million budget.

Every spring and fall, the Gold Mine clears out one season's merchandise to make room for the next. A $2 bag sale on March 31 did a lot of that, and the rest was carried away to Twin Falls by a Deseret Industries truck. Mason said Deseret Industries, a thrift store owned by the Church of Latter Day Saints, donates a lot of items for emergency relief overseas.

"Nothing goes to waste," she said.




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