Bargain Hut brings successful Ellis program to Hays (VIDEO)

BargainHutDoorBy BECKY KISER
Hays Post

The Ellis Thrift Shop, opened seven years ago by the local “Live to Give” ministry, is so successful in its mission of “Recycle, Reuse, Rebuild” the program is expanding to Hays.

Bargain Hut”will open its doors Tuesday at 125 E. Eighth.

“No fooling,” manager Michele Eiland said of the April 1 opening.

The Ellis group recently distributed $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit groups.

“We’re in phase three of our mission to rebuild, and we expect a minimum of $20,000 to be distributed within Ellis this year,” manager Vera Haver said.

Eiland said she considers Haver her mentor, and Haver said the program is a “second-hand store with more”:

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Store manager Michele Eiland arranges inventory Bargain Hut.

Similar to what’s occurred in Ellis, Haver said the Hays store ventually will set up a nonprofit organization and begin giving grants to community groups from Bargain Hut proceeds.

Volunteers will operate Bargain Hut, which will be open from 10 a,.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Donations are accepted at the warehouse just east of the store.

For more information, call (785) 621-4654.

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