Tidewell Treasures Thrift Shop seeks donations for new Sarasota store
Tidewell Treasures is calling on all recent transplants with excess furniture, socialites rotating out their seasonal wardrobes and anyone with an unopened pack of bed sheets to help fill its newest thrift store.
The nonprofit Tidewell Foundation, which provides hospice, palliative care and grief counseling services in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and DeSoto counties, is close to opening its second Treasures resale store in the area.
This one, at 5441 Palmer Crossings Circle, will cover 11,000 square feet, larger than Tidewell’s other Treasures store at 523 Venice Bypass in Venice’s Bird Bay Plaza. Tidewell Foundation President Debbie Mason said the new store could be open by mid-September.
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All of the proceeds from the store go to the Tidewell Foundation, which then provides grants to the nonprofit’s programs, Mason said.
Tidewell Treasures specializes in furniture. A lot of the donations come from people who want to redecorate after purchasing a furnished home, or if people move to the area for the first time and realize their old pieces don’t fit with their new space.
So far, Treasures has received some appliances and electronics. It is looking to get furniture and clothing, electronics, collectibles, books, music, jewelry, linens, lamps, artwork and other home goods and accessories ahead of the store’s opening.
Items can be dropped off at the new Treasures location from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays until the store opens.
Mason said she’s hoping the current real estate market — where homes are selling like wildfire — will benefit Treasures.
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Tidewell volunteers are also working with local designer clothing boutiques to coordinate possibly receiving unsold merchandise from these retailers when it has to get out of the store.
“We’re also working with stylists that work with people of high income who purchase clothing frequently and turn over their wardrobes seasonally,” Mason said.
Tidewell has helped a lot of people in its 41-year history, she said, and she hopes some of them will provide donations and shop at Treasures to give back.
“We’re hoping people will provide donations and shop at Treasures as part of their ongoing support and admiration for Tidewell,” Mason said.
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