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Paul Leavy/The Valdosta Daily Times Salvation Army captain Warren Jones in the new thrift store on West Hill Avenue in Valdosta.

VALDOSTA — Valdosta’s Salvation Army has moved and expanded with more than twice the square footage to accommodate their wide selection of second hand items.

The organization’s thrift store was previously located in an 8,000 square foot facility downtown on Hill Avenue, but moved to an 18,000 square foot building several blocks down at 511 W. Hill Ave. near where Central and Hill join together.

Capt. Warren Jones said the extra space gives the Salvation Army room to neatly display the items sells, including clothing, furniture, shoes, toys, music, miscellaneous items and the occasional antique piece. It also provides plenty of room for accepting and sorting through donations from the public.

All of the merchandise is received through contributions.

Items can be dropped off on location or picked up.

Prices at the family-oriented thrift store are drastically discounted with most clothing at $4 or less. Furniture is also very inexpensive, as are all other items.

Jones and his staff are still remodeling the new facility, so they ask all guests to be patient with their “growing pains.” They hope everyone stops by the new location to see the extra space.

The Salvation Army was formed in 1865 by William Booth to bring the Christian faith to England’s less fortunate. The organization uses thrift stores to provide low price clothing for those who cannot afford regular priced clothing.

Revenue goes to cover operating costs as well as to help people with rent, utilities, food and clothing.

Q: What sets you apart from other thrift stores?

A: We have a new spacious facility, and our revenue goes to help people help themselves.

Q: What do you like best?

A: It is very fulfilling to see people helped. The part I like the least is that you just can’t help everyone.

Q: Why did you decide to move?

A: The facility is larger, and the location is much better. We are expecting more traffic than at the old location.

Q: What are your expectations?

A: We are hoping to help people in the Valdosta-Lowndes area even more. We are hoping the new location to bring in a lot more people, which means more revenue to help even more people.

Q: What should people know?

A: We are a Christian organization that is trying to help people in this community. When you enter our store you can expect to be greeted warmly and treated politely just like in any other retail store.

Salvation Army

Manager: Capt. Warren Jones

Phone: (229) 257-0101

Pick up: (229) 242-6440

Location: 511 W. Hill Ave.

Hours: 10 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday

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