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Wounded Veterans Thrift Store: Reinventing From the Old

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Wounded Veterans Thrift Store: Reinventing From the Old

By Christina Markell  

Thrift store shopping enthusiasts love the thrill of the hunt. There is nothing more exciting than finding an out-of-print book, a gently used vintage sweater, or that perfect chair that matches your living room décor. For those who are looking for finds, the “thrifting” grounds at the Wounded Veterans Thrift Store in Rohnert Park is a veritable treasure trove. The store is packed with kitchen supplies, dishes, books, artwork, toys, vintage clothing, furniture and much, much more. 

Walt Smith, the owner and manager of the busy store, is also the donation coordinator of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #78. Smith said that the profits from the thrift store will go to Chapter #78, an organization that serves veterans in Northern California from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon Border.

Furniture and household goods are sold on consignment or donated to local veterans in need. The chapter also has scholarship programs for veterans and their families, emergency funds for homeless vets, and programs to help combat-wounded veterans re adjust to civilian life.

“Traffic has really picked up lately due to some new signage,” Smith said. “But we need to let more people know we’re here.” He also went on to say that while the Wounded Veterans Thrift Store could always use donations for gently used furniture and household goods, the greater need is for monetary donations and store volunteers. Able-bodied men and women are needed to help pick up and move furniture, and folks with business and retail savvy are needed to help with displays, administrative tasks and sorting.

The Wounded Veterans Thrift Store is located at 10 Enterprise Drive in Rohnert Park. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week. For donations or information on volunteering call Walt Smith at (707) 479-7356 or visit purpleheart78.org.