We are a 501c3 non-profit organization serving 13 counties in SouthWest Virginia through grants and local contracts. To read more about our organization please go to www.oe-inc.org. Our thrift store in Russell County VA (The Bargain Basement) has served over 500 families and individuals free of charge through vouchers for donated clothing, donated household items and donated furniture when available. Items are sold to other customers without vouchers at very low prices to pay for rent, electric, staff wages, supplies and a company vehicle to pick up donations.
We serve as a host site to local community service workers and Goodwill workers as well as several community volunteers. We have two paid part-time workers in the store for organization and monetary control of sales and deposits. We have a monthly rent of $1000 per month for over 2000 square feet of store space and an average electric bill of $250 per month to furnish proper lighting and heat for our customers/volunteers and staff.
All of our store inventory is donated; however, we still have cleaning supplies and supplies to sanitize couches, chairs, etc. that we are required to purchase. Our goal is to raise additional funds to bridge the gap between our income and expenses to keep our free services available to the community.
We are trying to raise an extra $12,000 to pay our rent for an entire year which would free up money from sales to bridge the gap between our sales and expenses. All donations are tax deductible and very appreciated.