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Another man's treasure
St. Elizabeths thrift store benefits church, nonprofits
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Church volunteers pose in St. Elizabeth's Attic Thrift and Gift Store. From left, Dan Cramer, Rev. Dr. Clark Hubbard, Emily Hubbard, Annette Bonner, Helen Johnson and Carol Lacy. - photo by Photo by Caitlyn Boza

Three days a week, the women of St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary Episcopal Church in Richmond Hill fundraise by selling used clothing, accessories and appliances at the church’s thrift store.

St. Elizabeth’s Attic Thrift and Gift Store collects donations from the community and sells them to those who either can’t afford to pay retail prices or are just looking for a few great deals.

“We’ve got the best prices in town,” said volunteer Emily Hubbard, wife of church rector the Rev. Dr. Clark Hubbard.

And with prices ranging between 25 cents and $5 on everything from socks to vacuum cleaners, it’s hard to disagree with her.

Tina Stone, a customer at the Attic, said she often finds great bargains for her family.

“I love it here,” she said. “Today, I got stuff for my kids, stuff for my yard, all kinds of stuff. I got some really good deals.”

On average, the store earns about $600 a week in sales. All proceeds benefit the church and other area nonprofits like Goodwill and the Salvation Army.

The Attic also donates some of its merchandise to the homeless population in Savannah.

“We send a lot of socks, jackets and warm weather clothes to the homeless in Forsyth Park,” said volunteer Helen Johnson, referring to Homeless in Savannah, an advocacy group working to end homelessness in South Georgia.

“The breadth of what we do here is hard to measure,” said Clark

Hubbard. “It’s big in a lot of small ways.”

The thrift store began a few years ago when a local bridal boutique went out of business.

“The person who owned the shop had a bunch of gowns she couldn’t return,” said Johnson. “So she donated them all to us, and we were able to sell them to help the church.”

After their success with the gowns, the Episcopal Church Women’s organization decided to work toward a more permanent means of fundraising. They converted two donated trailers into a usable space to collect and sell merchandise.

“An idea was planted in a couple of ladies’ hearts, and lo and behold, they made it work,” said Emily Hubbard. “We’re very thankful for all that God has done here.”

St. Elizabeth’s Attic Thrift and Gift Store is located next to St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary on Highway 144 in Richmond Hill. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. All purchases are final, and only cash payments are accepted.

Donations of gently used goods are encouraged, provided items are in good condition. Donations are tax-deductible, and the store will provide receipts.

To find out more, call 727-2664 or visit

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