On Thursday, October 5, the Christ Episcopal Church Thrift Shop held its grand reopening after several months of renovation.

The renovations, done by Timber Ridge Builders, started in May of this year. The work was funded by two church yard sales, a grant from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, and the church Vestry, who agreed to match, dollar for dollar, the money made at the yard sale. The renovations were finished in August and now the doors are ready to be reopened.

The reopening ceremony began with a welcome by Dorothy Ford, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, after which Larry James, member of the Christ Church Vestry, talked a little about the history of the shop.

The thrift shop was first opened in 1956, in a building on 510 West Hickory which was donated by church member Rawls Goodwin. It has been run throughout the years by women from the church and sells clothing, furnishings, and other needed items. Items are low priced, and income goes to other outreach projects.

James explained that the shop has had a big impact on the town. “One woman came in with her three girls once,” James explained. “She said she had gotten her clothes there when she had been growing up.” Bastrop Mayor, Henry Cotton, explained that his mother used to take him and his siblings to the shop on Saturdays when they were young. “I remember the woman who worked there,” he said. “She would save things for us that she thought we would like.”

Reverend Christie Fleming of Christ Episcopal Church blessed the shop, and Mrs. Dorothy Ford presented Renovation Board Chairperson, Amie Foose, with a donation from the Chamber of Commerce. A ribbon cutting was then held, followed by refreshments.