Free clothing store operated by Bethel Ministerial Association

May 10th, 2013    Author: Administrator    Filed Under: News

Some of the many racks of clothing at the Bethel Free Store.

By Jordan Puckett
Sun staff

The Bethel Ministerial Association operates a free clothing store on West Plane Street in Bethel. The store is run by a group of volunteers and is open to the public.

A wooden sign on the sidewalk and brightly colored blouses in the window attract passersby to the store. Upon entering, visitors will see the same sort of bright colors hanging around the ceiling. On the ground are racks of clothes of all types, like a mini department store. Close to the front is a shelf of men’s shoes, as well as a rack of men’s shirts, both for casual and semi-formal occasions. A large rack of women’s shoes sits on one of the side walls, filled with high heels, sandals, flats, and athletic shoes. Clothes for toddlers and infants sit on shelves in the back, with children’s shoes near the front. The store also has socks, undergarments and coats.

Besides clothes, the free store also offers other items, such as belts, handbags, ties, books, DVDs, curtains, washcloths, towels, pots and pans, and even toys for toddlers. While most people go for the clothes, many walk out with some of these other items as well.

Marie Pelfrey, one of the regular volunteers, explained the workings of the free store. She said people can only come once per month. During this one visit, a person can take 3 outfits per family member. Certain items are limited to one per person, such as shoes and men’s dress pants. Visitors to the store sign a paper upon entering and exiting. This is so the volunteers can keep track of who has been there each month. When asked if there were any limitations on who could receive the free clothing, Pelfrey said there are none. Anyone can go to the store and benefit from the free clothing.

Many people visit the store each day. One woman said the clothes she finds in the store are always clean. She said the store has “better than garage-sale” clothing. She visits the store once every couple months to get items for herself. Another woman said she always finds “really nice clothes.” She visits the store monthly to pick out clothes for her family.

Contributions to the store are always welcome and appreciated. To donate, bring all items to the store during business hours. In terms of volunteers, Pelfrey said the store “can always use people.” Volunteers help sort, clean, and fold clothes, as well as assist visitors and organize the store.

The free clothing store has been open in Bethel since 2003, running solely on donations and the hard work of its volunteers ever since. The store is open 1-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It can be found at 234 W. Plane Street.

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11 Responses to “Free clothing store operated by Bethel Ministerial Association”

  1. Ingrid Lively says:

    I always donate me and my family’s unwanted items here, instead of giving them to the Goodwill to make a profit off of. I feel an organization that gives away free clothes is more valuable to the community and it makes me happy to help others in need. When my children outgrow toys and clothes I send them there for others to enjoy. I’m glad I found this place.

  2. erika long says:

    i have no clothes for my grandaughter I was just released from uc hospital and I have custudy can you please send a blessing my way she;s 10 months old and wears a 12 months

  3. Kim Young says:

    When are they open? I can’t find it anywhere! And my son needs summer clothes bad!

    • Samantha says:

      The store is open 1-4 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturdays. It can be found at 234 W. Plane Street.

  4. Christine says:

    Have the hours in days change for the 2017 year

  5. I am requesting some clean clothes due to Grace and Mercy has roaches in the center,unsanitized environments I cant get clothes.

  6. Lisa Karyl says:

    I always donate to my local charities.Giving back to the community is where its all at,Give a few hours to your local homeless shelter and enjoy your day

  7. Amber drew says:

    What is the phone number for there could i just go in to get clothes or do I have to call and make an appointment?

  8. Michelle Sutherland says:

    Ya don’t need appt , just need ur Driver license n proof of address with a piece of mail .. I am trying find out the new hrs of the new store .. I hope this infomation..

  9. Stacey says:

    Dose anyone know the hours if the store? Are they still the same?

  10. Pastor Steve says:

    Yes, they do have new hours. Mon. & Wed. 1:00 – 4:00 pm and Tue. 1:00 – 7:00 pm. Of course, they will be closed Christmas Day 2017 and New Year’s Day 2018. I’m not sure about the other days that week in-between.

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