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Lyon County Thrift Store Sells Bargains, Helps Community

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A local thrift store is trying to get the word out to customers who are looking for bargains. Every purchase puts money back into the community.

Friends In Service Helping or "FISH" has a thrift store in Mound House that features donations old and new, antique and high-tech.

"Two things happen when you shop at our thrift stores," said FISH Executive Director Jim Peckham. "You save money, and the dollars you spend get converted into food and housing, utility payments and things like that we use when we're helping the needy in our community."

Staff and volunteers at the FISH thrift store in Mound House have created displays of clothing, home appliances and even a section for items that are made in America. Store Manager Nicky Wilson carefully sorts the donations to create a welcoming atmosphere for customers. She'd like to see more people take advantage of the bargains. "It's people helping people," she said. "Local people helping local people."

About a third of the non-profit's budget comes from sales at its three thrift stores. That money partly funds the organization's food pantries, dining rooms and other programs. Peckham says clients include more families with children and couples who have been reduced to one income from two incomes. He hopes the summer months will bring more jobs to the area, but in the meantime, FISH is there to help people make it until they can get back on their feet.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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