St. Patrick's Thrift Shop
457 Magnolia Ave.
Larkspur, CA 94939
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.
We are happy to accept your donations at the Thrift Shop
on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thank you for your generosity and your support!
St. Patrick Thrift Shop Volunteers Celebrate 27 Years of Dedication and Service to the Parish Community!
November 04, 2012
It is hard to believe that it has been twenty-seven years since Fr. Shanahan's inaugural comment,"But what happens when we run out of stuff?" Little did he or anyone else know back then that, due to Barbara Beal's weekly (actually, in those days, almost daily) chore of making all the donated excess fit into the original Drop-Off under the school - and at the present, in the lower yard's former school portable - that the supply of donated goods would never run dry. In fact, the proverbial cup has continued to runneth over through the years with goodies of all kinds with Barbara, all the while, gleaning the best pickings for her celebrated Thrift Shop window displays.
It all started in the summer of 1985. Even back then, just to get started, there were many hoops to be jumped through with the Planning Commission and the City of Larkspur. Next, there was the retrofitting work, the conditions of occupancy, more dealings with the Planning Commission and finally the Heritage Committee. Then, one sunshiny day, the local bureaucracy granted final permission for the use of 457 Magnolia as the St. Patrick Thrift Shop. History was being made!
With those hurdles out of the way, Barbara and Norm Beal, Maurine and Paul Streett, and Lorraine and Bob Urban literally scrounged for shop fixtures, clothes hangers, display cases, and other items from the closing J.C. Pennys and Woolworth stores in the old Corte Madera Mall. Once these shop items were procured, the Thrift Shop was now ready for business.
Staff-wise, the backbone of the endeavor was seven former school moms: Barbara Beal - windows & pricing; Barbara Buscher - scheduling; Laura Giovanonni - jewelry; Rita Kinkaid - bookkeeper; Mary Lou Kroeger - publicity; Maurine Streett - clothing; and Lorraine Urban - coordinator. Of the original seven, the two Barbaras, Lorraine and Laura have stayed the course over all these years.
The shop originally started off with sixty-four staffers, of which four are still committed volunteers to this day. They are Joann Kwitek, Louise Malvino, Anne Michelfelder and Aileen Murphy.
Over the many years, other volunteers have made the Monday drop-offs lighter and more joyful. They include: Marian Boeri & Bernice Rehen - women's clothing; Jean Colthurst - men's clothing; Maria Cunha - children's clothing; June Barton - lamps & art; Rosemary Ellison - pricing; Carol Faith & Mary Sue Murray - linens. Maureen Seyler volunteered to be our bookkeeper. Also, a thank you to Richard Seyler for his computer expertise, for posting sales on the website and for handling all our printing needs. Current volunteer scheduling coordinators are Carol Kreer, Sandi Hufford, Joann Kwitek and Barbara Buscher - a difficult job, but one done by these volunteers adeptly.
In the past twenty-seven years, proceeds from the Thrift Shop have been used in many ways to upgrade and enhance the St. Patrick Parish facilities. Monies have been contributed to School Scholarship and Tuition Assistance programs and various school fundraisers and memorials. Other financial assistance has gone toward orphanages in Mexico and Guatemala , a Pig Farm Project in Ghana , and sandals and children's clothing to Haiti . On the local level, the Thrift Shop has assisted the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Marin Homeless in Action, and has provided men's suits for Image for Success an employment program. Other items are picked up by Maria Freitas on a weekly basis and distributed to various groups in need. Thank you, Maria.
Today, the Shop continues to evolve with new and used fixtures donated by the Louis Thomas Store in the Corte Madera Town Center and others. Thankfully, volunteer numbers have remained constant with countless, generous volunteers heeding our pleas for help in the parish bulletin. We wish to thank all those who have brought and continue to bring donations. Thank you, Fr. Lawrence, for your support. However, most of all the Thrift Shop wishes to thank EACH AND EVERY VOLUNTEER for twenty-seven wonderful years! May God bless you all and may God continue to watch over our beloved Thrift Shop and all its wonderful volunteers!
A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU TO
LORRAINE URBAN & BARBARA BEAL !