New to Calais in 2015, The Calais Community Thrift Store offers an array of clothing, household items and other occasional finds. After a few other thrift store attempts in town, the volunteers of the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry saw a need for such an offering downtown. After many renovations, they brought to life an old empty storefront and didn’t stop there. Previous to the thrift store, the vacant lot between this store front and the movie theater was always blocked off by a large fence deeming it unusable. Thanks to a gift to the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry for the people of Calais from the Charles G. Wright Endowment for the Humanities, the fence was removed and a beautiful mural depicting a past local scene was painted the length of the building.
This effort is part of an on going beautification project organized by the Calais Downtown Revitalization Coalition. This open lot will now be available for outside dining from near by restaurants or a place for kids to run around between visiting downtown shops.
The Calais Community Thrift Store is a great asset to Downtown and not only benefits those who shop there, but supplements the local food pantry. The volunteers do a wonderful job keeping things tidy and organized for ease of shopping, and the storefront is always festive with great new seasonal finds. If you have not been, it’s worth a look!
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