What a fine month it has been working with these ladies!!
Working at thrift shops is one of the ‘more favorite’ jobs that SOWER ladies are tasked with. I’m not speaking for all ladies, but most of us enjoy sorting through ‘stuff’ to find those treasures.
Sweet Ann would sit by those massive piles and fill up bins for us to sort through. She’d always pull out the obvious rejects before she’d put them in those big blue bins.
Once she had a bin full, she’d deliver it to us for a more careful review. No pulls, no stains (however small), no missing buttons, no pilling, etc.
Once we were sure everything was in tip-top shape, Lorraine and I would size them, hang them, and put them on a rack (in a nice organized fashion).
As the rack would fill up, Deb would take them out to the floor to distribute them to their appropriate location.
Some items may or may not have made it to a small pile of “OH, how cute is that? And it’s my size??” clothes, but I promise everything was either paid for or returned to hangers by the end of the day!
Between all of the clothing we’ve sorted through (that barely made a dent in the clothing bins) and the mammoth amount of donations in general that need to be sorted through, I have a whole new perspective on thrift shop ‘management’! It’s a HUGE job!
Meanwhile, in the back, the guys continue to build those shelves
and as fast as they are completed, they are being filled up!
We’re in our last week volunteering here – and I think we’ve been a pretty good team!
I truly do love our SOWER life!
I am often quite apologetic about the lack of pictures I have of our SOWER men working, but this month since we’re all working at the same location (though in different areas) I’ve been able to snap some photos of the guys. Plus – my co-workers are also good about sharing ones that they’ve taken!!
So the men are in the back of the warehouse constructing these giant shelves to help organize the incredible amount of donations this thrift shop received.
As you can see, they’ve gone to new heights and depths to complete these shelves!
After two weeks (and a new shipment of supplies) everyone is getting into the rhythm of team work!
Measure, Cut, Construct. Measure, Cut, Construct.
And when they have a unit complete, they all work together to get ‘er upright!
It truly is amazing what a bunch of four old dudes can get done! (OK, so one of the guys is just 60, but three of them are 70+). My mama used to say, “Many hands make light the work”, and that is so true with SOWERS (even if the work isn’t light at all!).
Thank you, LORD, for these willing hands!