The Spring season is here and there is no better time to clean out your garage or home. Spring brings about feelings of renewal because this is the time of year when everyone is refreshing their surroundings.

What better place to start with spring cleaning than in your home, attic or garage? You’ll feel better, your home and surroundings will look better, and students will benefit from your efforts. Studies show taking the time to clean and maintain a tidy home makes people happier. Cleaning doesn’t just clear away the physical stuff, it provides a sense of satisfaction, which puts you in a good mood, feeling more relaxed, and relieving stress.

After you’ve cleaned out your home, attic or garage and uncovered many new found treasures, remember to donate your surplus items to Communities In Schools (CIS) Thrift Shops. Donating and shopping at CIS Thrift Shops supports the local economy, gives customers great deals, and supports a good cause all at the same time. Every donation is rewarded with a tax receipt to benefit the donor’s income taxes and the money from shop purchases goes to CIS programs helping students in Brunswick County stay in school. Thrifting should be a regular hobby – both donating and shopping!

CIS Thrift Shops accept: gently used or new clothing for ladies, men, and children, shoes, home décor, jewelry, housewares, electronics, art work, music related items, sports related items, tools, books, magazines and comic books, furniture, bicycles, etc.

“Donate with a purpose. Customers support students with their donations and purchases. It’s not only a fun way to shop, but a win-win-win. Customers who donate goods get a tax receipt, save money shopping at CIS Thrift Shops, and support students in Brunswick County through purchases. The money raised by CIS Thrift Shops support CIS Action for Success Dropout Prevention programs in four middle schools, Waccamaw School (k-8), and Supply Elementary School right here in Brunswick County,” said Todd Beane, CIS Communications and Thrift Shop Operations Manager.

CIS incorporates Success Coaches, community volunteers, civic groups and business partnerships to support student achievement. CIS assists Brunswick County students through tutors, mentors, 21st Century Community Learning Center after school programs, Teen and Peer Court, and parenting education, with a focus on dropout prevention.

According to National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops (NARTS), resale or thrift shopping is growing every year and attracts customers from all economic levels. No one is immune to the excitement of finding a treasure and saving money.

Beane says spring cleaning season is a great time to donate or to shop. “People are cleaning and organizing and emptying homes of clutter. As they say, ‘One’s man’s junk is another man’s treasure.’ You can get great deals on amazing items because of all the donations coming in.”

CIS Thrift Shops strive to deliver the best customer experience around. CIS shop staff know their customers and spend the time to help find that treasured item they are seeking.

CIS operates four thrift shops in Brunswick County for your donating and shopping convenience. CIS Thrift Shops are located in Boiling Spring Lakes, Leland, Southport, and Sunset Beach with inventory turning over daily. For more information about CIS of Brunswick County, our thrift shops or our programs, please contact the CIS office at 910-832-3494. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

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