For a decade, Hospice of Medina County (HMC) has been operating Life’s Treasures Thrift Shop just south of Medina Square. The store is operated by three managers, Patty Conklin, Theresa Daniels, and Stephanie Furey, along with a team of over 80 volunteers. The store provides a unique shopping experience and all proceeds benefit Hospice of Medina County patients and their families. For nearly as long, though, the team has been operating an even more unique seasonal thrift store: Christmas Treasures.
“I have worked with Hospices that run thrift stores, but nothing as nice, well stocked, and community-supported as Life’s Treasures,” says Chief Executive Officer and President William Finn. “And, I have never encountered anything like Christmas Treasures anywhere.”
Operating through December 16, Christmas Treasures is filled floor-to-ceiling with an endless amount of decorations, ornaments, lights, clothing, collectibles, and more. As far as the eye can see are beautifully decorated displays of holiday goodies. The store is so beautifully arranged that it is almost mindblowing to consider that everything for sale has been donated within the last year.
“We start setting up the store in August,” says Manager Stephanie Furey. “We store the previous year’s worth of donations in five storage units. We start collecting goods for the store in January. As donations come in, our ‘Christmas Elf,’ volunteer Dick Staufer, takes everything out to storage.”
“When you see all of the boxes… you kind of get overwhelmed,” admits Manager Patty Conklin. “We just receive so many holiday donations. But as soon as we start decorating and arranging, we have an amazing time. Every year we set up Christmas Treasures in a different Medina location. So we have to rethink the layout yearly, and it is very exciting to decorate a brand new space.”
Nine years ago, the idea for Christmas Treasures was first conceived when HMC volunteer Dorothy Kreugger noticed the overabundance of holiday goods that were being donated. She suggested another space to sell holiday donations, and Christmas Treasures was born.
“The generosity of the community is overwhelming,” admits Amy Wermer, Director of Human Resources. “The store’s success is a result of the vision and hard work of our store managers, the dedication of our volunteers and the overwhelming support we receive from the community. We are tremendously grateful for the contributions that make both of our stores a success.”
The merchandise at Life’s Treasures ranges from vintage to religious to snowglobes to music boxes, and it includes everything in between. Some of those items, the staff insists, could easily become family heirlooms that are handed down from generation to generation.
“People donate such quality merchandise,” remarks Manager Theresa Daniels. “They donate things that have never been opened, fine crystal goblets, and antiques. Whether you are shopping for yourself or shopping for holiday gifts, there is something here for everyone.”
Both Life’s Treasures and Christmas Treasures are filled with quality merchandise including holiday decorations, clothing, and furniture. Christmas Treasures, located at 1104 North Court Street in the former Party Station location, is open Monday through Thursday 10 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Life’s Treasures, located at 317 South Court Street, is open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Stop in the last Thursday of each month to receive 50 percent off.