SPOTSWOOD, NJ - St. Peter's popular Thrift Shop reopened its doors on Saturday after being forced to close in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The shop now offers shoppers an expanded inventory in the Parrish Hall of St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Shoppers can now browse in a room containing only children's clothing and toys along with a front room that is devoted to household items. This front room used to be the main shopping area of the Thrift Shop. A large back room where shoppers now enter houses a growing selection of men's and women's clothing styles, shoes and accessories.
After the August 1 dollar summer sale, the Thrift Shop resumes its regular hours, welcoming customers on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Shoppers, volunteers and people dropping off donations must wear face coverings. Only 20 shoppers will be allowed in the shop to help to adhere to social distancing requirements. Donations can be dropped off during the Thrift Shop's regular business hours. Any donations will sit for five days before becoming part of the shop's inventory.
All the proceeds from St. Peter's Thrift Shop will go towards supporting community outreach and church programs including the Alice's CUP Food Pantry that helps to feed people in need throughout Middlesex County, the Wednesday Evening Community Suppers and the community garden. St. Peter's is resuming its weekly Community Suppers as a takeout operation instead of its normal sit down dinner. The Wednesday evening suppers will start up this week on August 5. Homemade meals will be available for curbside pickup each Wednesday beginning at 6 p.m. Residents can drive or bike up for curbside pickup of meals.
Shoppers can head over on Tuesday to check out the Thrift Shop's new set up and expanded inventory.