God Cares Charities takes thrift shopping to new heights. Those who frequent popular thrift shops are used to racks filled to overflowing with apparel of different sizes and styles. In spite of best efforts, clothing is often tagged for sale with spots, stains and other flaws. There is often very little space, fallen pieces of apparel left on the floor, and the all-too-familiar smell of used clothing and shoes. God Cares Charities is very different. Just walking in the door makes you feel you as if you are in a department store rather than a thrift shop. The highly polished floors and attractively arranged round racks make an instantly positive impression and encourage you to spend some time looking around.
Clothing is nicely arranged and clearly marked for misses and women, juniors, men and children. The selections are excellent, ranging from casual and career apparel to dress wear. Most pieces are pre-owned, but appear to be in very good condition. You’ll surely recognize many labels, some of which are from familiar mid-range collections or are department store house brands. A few designer pieces are likely to be unearthed by patient and sharp-eyed shoppers.
There is an attractive display of fashion jewelry and a nice selection of handbags for all occasions. Necklaces are hanging neatly rather than placed in small plastic bags or hopelessly tangled. Handbags are separated by size with a nice selection of wristlets, sequined evening bags, satchels and totes. Some brands are well-known, such as Nine West, The Sak and Anne Klein. A few items on display are new, in their original packaging or boxed.
One thing that is very different at God Cares Charities is that they accept all major credit cards. Most thrift shops accept only cash or debit cards. You can use a Visa or Master Card with no problem. The receipt states that, ’Exchanges and store credits available only for God,’ and no refunds are given. Toward the back of the store there is a very nice assortment of household goods and furniture, ranging from dishes and knick-knacks to bed frames and coffee tables.
If you’ve never shopped at God Cares Charities, it’s surely worth a visit. Located just off I-26 at 796 B St. Andrews Rd., there’s plenty of free off-street parking with handicapped spaces near the entrance. You’re almost guaranteed to be positively impressed by the selection, layout, space and cleanliness. The prices are competitive with those of Goodwill and most other thrift stores in the greater Columbia area. The ttore is staffed by helpful, friendly people who take time to answer your questions or concerns without pressuring you to purchase anything. Visit God Cares Charities on Facebook to learn more, see photos and read comments from other shoppers.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~