I met Annie back in 2011, when the Shop was just a dream.
The idea about selling used donated goods and using the profits to help others seemed very appealing for a "do-gooder" like me, and yet so distant and vague …
- I love to shop and sale fancy clothing - she said - what do you like?
- Taking pictures, turning the good ones into graphics …
- I knew you’d come! - she exclaimed – I’ve been praying for you! We need you in the Shop!
Over the years to come I couldn’t help but to memorize that invitation.
In that way Annie greeted cleaners, jewelers, handymen, seamstresses, crafters, collectors – anybody who had skill, time, maybe a few dollars to spare and most of all a good heart to share it.
Annie’s enthusiasm, faith (not to disregard the patience and work of Donald, her husband), and an endless line of Good Hearts was initially the main commodity on which Annie’s Resale for the World was built. From the first Board Members who painted the walls and tiled the floors, through all the Generous People who started to pour in with donations even before the Grand Opening.
Years passed. Sometimes there was a lot in the Blessing Jar, sometimes but a few bucks, but the enthusiasm did not change and there were always treasures to find:
Sometimes I even wonder – are we really helping others or ourselves?
I think, I go there sometimes just to re-charge my own batteries surrounded by the things that can never be bought no matter the price: love, faith, hope, charity, friendship and laughter.
Want to experience this too? GO, visit Annie’s Resale for the World yourself!
Take your time, for true treasures need time to be discovered.
I was thrilled when Annie asked me recently to update her website. Happily, took a few new pictures, with joy revisited some from the past.
There are many folders with pictures on my drive but the one with pictures from the Shop is one of my favorite to open – it’s my Treasure Box.
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