There’s nothing more exciting than having an anniversary. Except maybe having an anniversary sale-abration for the entire community! Brunswick County’s quiet, small town atmosphere is endearing to everyone and lures visitors to the beauty and meeting new faces and places in the community. Come visit the Communities In Schools (CIS) Thrift Shop located at 117-I Village Road in Leland and you can find friendly people and great prices.

The shop’s two year anniversary celebration was commemorated with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 11 at Noon and will continue with special storewide sales until July 14. There will be a chance to enter a drawing for a thrift shop back to school gift basket that will be given away on Saturday, July 14. The Leland CIS Thrift Shop is located at 117-I Village Road, beside Leland Family Dentistry in the Village Plaza shopping center. The shop opened for business in July 2016 offering a sales floor space of more than 2,200 square feet. Hours are Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

A great service to the community and Brunswick County students, high quality merchandise, and low pricing make the Leland CIS Thrift Shop an establishment that people have come to love. CIS Thrift Shop staff and volunteers are dedicated to making your visit the most memorable shopping experience. Staff and volunteers are always happy to see you, offer shopping advice, and go above and beyond to provide great customer service. CIS Thrift Shops are kept clean, organized, and welcoming for new visitors as well as long-time valued customers.

“You will find the friendliest staff and some of the best prices on gently used name brand items,” says CIS Thrift Shop Operations Manager Todd Beane. “Inventory turns over daily, so it is beneficial to shop often and see what new items have come in.”

People from all backgrounds appreciate the high quality merchandise available at CIS Thrift Shops at deeply discounted prices. Our thrift shop staff and volunteers look through every batch of donations with care; pricing and preparing items for the sales floor that meet our standards for quality and cleanliness. Clothes that are too worn or dirty are recycled rather than thrown away, called our Cycle of Giving. Recycled items are picked up and repurposed by a company giving clothing to impoverished third world countries. Your donations are important to us, because they are the key to helping people improve quality of life – both for those purchasing the items and the students of Brunswick County who benefit from the programs and services partially funded by CIS Thrift Shops.

“The opening of a CIS Thrift Shop in Leland was in response to our ability to offer the community low-priced, high quality merchandise in one of the fastest growing communities in Brunswick County,” said Bonnie Jordan, CIS Executive Director. CIS provides the Action for Success Dropout Prevention Program located in Cedar Grove Middle School, Leland Middle School, Shallotte Middle School, South Brunswick Middle School, Waccamaw School serving K-8, and Supply Elementary, incorporating community volunteers to support student achievement. CIS also provides community-based Parenting Education Programs, 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) afterschool program, and Teen and Peer Court. Partnerships with Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office and others help make these programs possible.

Special thanks go out to the community members who have embraced the Leland CIS Thrift Shop, volunteering and donating items for sales. Volunteers continue to lend support as our shop grows. The shop is recruiting additional volunteers to help with sorting donations, customer service, and sales; as well as volunteers with trucks or SUVs to help pick up donations in the Leland area. If interested in donating your time, please contact the CIS office at (910) 832-3494 or stop by the shop during operating hours.

Donations to stock the shop are always appreciated. The following are examples of donations needed: men’s and women’s gently used or new clothing, shoes, small furniture items, home décor, jewelry, accessories, kitchen ware, lamps, art work, music related items, sports items, tools, books, and children’s clothes and toys. The shop does not accept large appliances, televisions (unless flat screen), computers or printers.

The mission of CIS is based on the belief that “programs don’t save children, relationships do.” CIS surrounds students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. CIS believes every child deserves a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, a safe place to learn and grow, a healthy start and a healthy future, a marketable skill to use upon graduation and a chance to give back to peers and the community.

With remaining economic uncertainty, people are expected to continue to watch their spending closely. It’s a fun way to shop, save money, and support CIS educational programs in Brunswick County. “By supporting CIS thrift shops you are investing your dollars into creating a better educational future and a stronger community,” said Bonnie Jordan, Executive Director of CIS Brunswick County.

CIS operates three other thrift shops in Brunswick County – the Boiling Spring Lakes CIS Thrift Shop, Southport CIS Thrift Shop, and Sunset Beach CIS Thrift Shop. For more information on CIS Thrift Shops please visit www.cisbrunswick.org/cis-thrift-shops or call the CIS office at 910-832-3494.

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