The volunteers at the Turn Over Shopwere busy at work Monday morning, during the long anticipated fall reopening. Rows of racks appeared full of merchandise – there were clothes and shoes, as well as furniture and other items for the home – but volunteers familiar with the ebb and flow of the shop promised the space would be packed to the gills in the coming weeks.
The Turn Over shop accepts donations, but they also accept operate on consignment. According to the shop's president of 22 years, Sharon Sobel, the shop collaborates with a host of local groups and charities that consign items as a way to raise funds. Wilton High School sports teams, for example, arrange to consign items donated to them and receive 60% of the sale price.
Sobel told Patch that the shop has been in existence for 70 years including 40 years at the current location tucked around the corner and underneath the Village Market.
"We are the original recyclers," said Sobel, adding that public consignments begin on Sept. 17th between 10:00am and 11:30am, by appointment.
The shop is run almost entirely by volunteers. The only exception are two paid summer staff. Alison Garvey, who counts this as her fourth summer working in the shop before she returns to college, worked alongside Lauren Padovan, who counts this as her seventh year working in the shop.
"We have customers who come here from all over. We see addresses from towns far and near on the checks they write," said Sobel. "Word has gotten out and we are a destination. There's great things to be had," she exclaimed.