Thankfully, the rain stayed away long enough on the morning of March 25th,  for the grand opening of The Salvation Army’s newest thrift store on the eastside of Indy. Arriving 15 minutes ahead of the scheduled opening time, I was surprised to see several men holding parking signs, directing traffic off of Washington Street to alternate parking lots. Hundreds of people stood in line in anticipation of the search for treasures, as the Army’s officers and employees made the final preparations.

After introducing the store’s manager, James Holmes, and a short prayer of blessing, the ribbon was cut and the crowd filed in. In a matter of minutes, many of the furniture and larger items were spoken for as customers made their way through the aisles packed with generously donated clothing, shoes, and home decor. Shopping carts filled quickly and lines formed as Manager Holmes and his staff worked diligently to answer questions, check prices, and assist customers with loading heavy purchases.

There’s more than meets the eye at Salvation Army Thrift Stores. It’s a concept that has been many years in the making and serves to provide jobs and funding for the Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) throughout the world. All proceeds from the sale of donated goods goes into the life-changing programs for those who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. It’s a multi-million dollar industry that does the most good!

This new Salvation Army Thrift Store is located at 8310 E. Washington Street, just 5 blocks east of I465 and is opened from 9 am – 8 pm Mon-Fri. If you’d like more information about our ARC click the link, or for one man’s testimony about the program watch the video located on the sidebar.