By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
For those who frequently have trouble getting Christmas decorations on time whether it’s due to procrastination or being too busy, the Christmas in July sale at the Classy Rack Community Thrift Store may solve some of those problems.
Starting July 7, the store will be having a sale of Christmas decorations, along with some clothing, at hugely discounted prices. Peggy Lloyd, manager of The Classy Rack, says everything in the sale will be at least half the price of the normal charge.
“We discovered we were getting a lot of donations of Christmas items, and they were taking up a great deal of space – we don’t have a lot of storage space here, we have to keep things moving,” Lloyd said. “So when Christmas stuff started overtaking our storage space, someone came up with the idea of a big sale early so we came up with Christmas in July.”
This is the first time for the store to be having such a sale, according to Lloyd. The store only opened in July 2013 and staff hopes to make this sale an annual event.
“We’re having so much fun doing it. This is our first year in business (we just opened in July) so we’ll have to see how things go,” Lloyd said. “If it doesn’t work out, if we’ve put a lot of work in something no one’s interested in, we won’t do it again next year.”
There were so many Christmas items donated, Lloyd said, that there is currently an entire room dedicated to those items that will be in the sale. For those who come in to the sale, there are going to be snacks set up and a light display will be lit.
“The room is going to be fun because there’s a special feeling that goes with Christmas – you expect the lights, music, you expect the little villages, trains that go around – those are the things we’ll have in here,” she said.
Lloyd also emphasized that all of the proceeds from the sale will be staying here in Liberal.
“We help people in Liberal with the money we make in this store – it’s not breaking even yet but when it does we’ll have more money for programs,” she said. “Already we are giving free clothing to people who are in need – we helped a family who was burned out get some of the things they needed to refurnish their new home. Those are the kind of things we do, those are the things we’re here for.”