Sweet Charity is worth celebrating

It took the combined creative energy of 12 women from the Five-Town area of Vergennes, Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham to turn a community service dream into a business reality in Vermonts Small City. Thanks to the womens business acumen and a shared belief in the simple philosophy of recycle, reuse, restore and resell, Vergennes dynamic dozen came together to open an exciting new kind of thrift shop in the Ryan Block of downtown Vergennes.

Sweet Charity, located at 141A Main St. next to Luigis Restaurant, is the latest incarnation of the nonprofit resale shop in Addison Countya county where secondhand shops are just about as popular with female shoppers as are area boutiques. And dont be fooled by the old labels. Sweet Charity is a far cry from your mothers mothball-scented thrift shop.

Affiliated with Hospice Volunteer Services of Addison County and Women of Wisdom, Sweet Charity is a first-class home-goods resale venture that will fund good works for the community for Women of Wisdom and Hospice Services.

While it is decidedly upscale in attitude and presentation, Sweet Charitys bottomline prices should appeal to nearly everyonefrom low-income shoppers and college students to wardrobe bargain hunters and saavy interior decorators. Theres truly something for everyone at Sweet Charity.

According to Liz Ryan, one of the shops founding members, We resell preloved goods for the home. This includes furniture, art, glassware, kitchen goods and decorative home accessories along with donated pieces that have been revitalized by the creative genius of our local artists.

According to Ryan and fellow shopowners Liz Markowski and Patty Paul, Sweet Charitys continued success will depend on local shoppers as well as volunteers.

Our salaried manager position is shared by two Women of Wisdom who are very successful Vergennes businesswomen, Ryan said. And the volunteers are from Women of Wisdom, Hospice Volunteers Services; they also include several individuals from the community who believe in what we are doing here.

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