Bargain shop to open at Milford church

MILFORD – Amy Howe loves to bargain shop, so when her church decided to open a thrift shop they didn’t have to look far for someone to manage it.

The shop is an outreach effort of the Bridge Community Church, located on West Street, and the shop is tentatively scheduled to open on Wednesday, July 23, in a small house behind the church, at 12 Spaulding Street.

Howe and other volunteers have filled each of the immaculately clean rooms with neatly arranged displays of clothing and household items.

All proceeds will go to SHARE Outreach and other local charity organizations.

The shop, called “Bridge Bargains” will be open on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and on Thursdays, from 1-6 p.m. There will also be “Supersale Saturdays” on the last Saturday of the month.

Howe not only loves to bargain hunt, she is also something of a perfectionist.

“I am very particular about what I take” for the shop, she said, and she gets rid of anything not up to her standards – anything ripped or stained, or with a button missing, for example.

“I want to give people great bargains at a great price,” she said as she gave a little tour last week.

The house, really a small cottage, was given to the church about 40 years ago and has been used for office and meeting space.

Now it is already full of bargain items and Howe has almost run out of room. There is men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, linens, toiletries, frames, small furniture and kitchenware.

Some items are from donations, the rest come from yard sales and Milford Transfer Station’s “still good” shed.

“You would be amazed at what people throw out,” Howe said.

Bridge Bargains is really a group project, , she said, with “great volunteers from the church” who helped with the project, including sorting clothes and pricing items.

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100, ext. 304, or kcleveland@cabinet.com.