American Legion post opens thrift shop

Mar. 13, 2014 @ 02:40 PM

The financial future of American Legion Post 206 looked doubtful, until the members came up with a novel, thrifty idea.
A thrift shop.
“We were in a building off of Business 85, near the National Guard Armory, for a lot of years, but we were doing a lot of renovations to the building and sinking a lot of money into it — that kept us in the red,” explains Lonnie Burchfield, post commander.
“Finally, we decided to sell the land and look for another location. While we were in the process of looking, we were holding meetings at the VFW in Archdale. We brainstormed about what to do.”
Their solution, a building that will serve as an American Legion post and a community thrift shop, will open Saturday at 10948 N. Main St. in Archdale.
“My adjutant, Buddy Way, came up with the idea,” Burchfield says. “We talked about it and put it to a vote, and we decided that rather than disband the post, we would give it one last hurrah and open up this post and thrift store.”
The thrift shop’s grand opening will be Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The approximately 40 post members hope the thrift shop will not only give new life to their small organization, but also provide a valuable service to the Archdale community.
“We think the thrift store will generate income for the post and provide a service to the community, and help veterans and their families,” Burchfield said.
“That’s what we’re all about, is helping veterans and their families and the community. We want to lend a helping hand whenever we’re needed — that’s the goal of the American Legion.”
The store has received numerous donations from people in the community and will continue to rely on donations, Burchfield says.
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