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With a few shelves, tables and a bit of renovation, Toy Shop has turned its storage area into a workable site for its upcoming rummage sale.
For the past 2-3 years, the old Latham building off Main St. has served as the storage building for rummage sale items, as well as the bikes that Toy Shop gives to children at Christmas. The organization holds two rummage sales annually, the smaller one being in spring and a larger one in summer.
Previously, both sales have been held at the Stephens Count Fair & Expo. However, for the smaller one this year, volunteers decided to renovate the storage building so that they didn’t have to haul all their items to the fairgrounds.
“The idea is not having to haul all these things and not having to stay late on the last day to clean up,” said Connie Roebuck, Toy Shop volunteer.
Shelves and tables were found or donated to the cause and set up inside the large building and for a few of the bigger jobs, the volunteers had some help. Several inmates of Stephens County have spent time fixing up the area and getting it ready.
“They’ve worked hard and we couldn’t have done it without them,” said Roebuck. “Their work has been unbelievable.”
This kind of help for the Toy Shop has been provided by inmates several times and Roebuck said it seems to benefit not only the organization but the inmates themselves. They seem to like being able to help the community.
“We’ve enjoyed them and look forward to seeing them,” she said.
The work on the building began just after Christmas and Toy Shop volunteers are proud of all they and the inmates have done. All should be finished for the most part by the spring rummage sale April 12-13, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
They are still needing donations and items can be dropped off anytime by calling Roebuck at 580-656-3183. Volunteers will also be at the Latham building April 8-9 to take donations.