Looking for a bargain? NMCRS Thrift Shop re-opens

Volunteers Louisiana Rodrigues, her daughter Chrissie, and Lorna Keanui sort through donations at the NMCRS Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop.

Volunteers Louisiana Rodrigues, her daughter Chrissie, and Lorna Keanui sort through donations at the NMCRS Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop.

Story and photo by Brandon Bosworth

Staff Writer

After closing last December for renovations, the Navy Marine Corps Relief (NMCRS) Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop re-opens today.

The thrift shop is located in building 1492 on the lower level of a barracks building near Utah Hall. The building itself is still undergoing work, but the thrift store is now open for business.

Paul Belanger, director of NMCRS Pearl Harbor, called the location “ideal.”

“Being right next to the barracks and near the ships makes it perfect for Sailors who want to come by,” he said.

The renovated shop now features separate rooms for men’s and women’s uniforms, household goods, toys, children’s clothing, men’s and women’s clothing, books, CDs, DVDs and many other items. Nearly every item in the store is priced at $1 or less.

All of the thrift store merchandise is donated.

“We receive an unbelievable amount of donations,’ said Belanger. “Our donation bin has to be emptied at least once or twice a day.”

The NMCRS Pearl Harbor thrift shop served more than 8,200 customers and raised more than $90,000 from sales in 2012. These funds are used to assist Sailors, Marines, family members and retirees in time of need.

Volunteers operate the NMCRS Pearl Harbor Thrift Shop, and additional volunteers are always needed. Those interesting in volunteering are encouraged to contact Lorna Keanui at 473-028.

The NMCRS Thrift Shop is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays. It is located at building 1492, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Anyone with base access is welcome to shop there.

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