To The Editor:

I am one of those types who starts shopping for the holidays sometime in the summer.  This year I’ve added a new twist to that tradition.  I set a goal to purchase as many gifts as possible from the Thrift Store at the Nutley Family Service Bureau Annex at 169 Chestnut Street, Nutley..  The last few months I’ve been visiting my new favorite store regularly, searching for treasures and “popping tags.”

For my young adult nieces and nephews, I focused mostly on housewares for their apartments and newly purchased homes.  I’ve found some amazing things including new and unused kitchen items in their original boxes!  My Mom is a big fan of Chicos and I just found a beautiful jacket perfect for the upcoming holiday parties and dinners.  Of course, I had give it to her right away so now I’m on the hunt for something else for her.  But at a cost of $5 I think I can afford another item or 2 or 3 or 4 … 

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I also bought my home a gift – some talented local photographer snapped a picture of the cherry trees in full bloom in Yantacaw park and had it framed.  It’s now hanging in my stairwell with promises of the spring to come here in Nutley. 

My daughter came with me a few times and found a set of dishes for her new apartment and picked out some bracelets as gifts for friends.  I’d tell you what I got my daughter (who just graduated college and is hard at work with her full-time job -- little Mom brag there) but then she might read this and find out.  So let’s just say her work wardrobe is about to get a little boost.

I doubt they even miss me at Garden State Plaza.   I know the mall can’t beat the deals I find here in town.

Shop Local! 

Linda Petrocchi 

Editors note: proceeds from the Thrift Shop are used to support all of NFSB's services including free group therapy, free mental health well-being workshops, and the food pantry. Without the funds generated from the NFSB Thrift Shop, they would no longer be able to offer the free programs for Nutley residents.