The BLHM Auxiliary Thrift Store

483 Washington Street
Montpelier, Idaho 83254
(208) 847-0993

 

Store Hours:   
Wed. – Fri.: 10 am-5pm  
Saturday – 10am- 2pm  
Sunday-Tues.- CLOSED

 

History
The BLMH Auxiliary Thrift Store was established in 1998, the brainchild of Gail Dayton, former Director of Volunteer Services for the Hospital.  Originally located in the old Jewel Café building, the store now occupies a space on the Hospital campus on the corner of Washington and 5th street.  A former church building is home to the Thrift Store, the Hospitals business offices, Education Center, and office of the Director of Volunteer Services.  The store is operated entirely by volunteers from the BLMH Auxiliary membership.  The inventory of goods sold is the result of many generous donations of new and nearly new items from our community members.  All proceeds generated by the Thrift Store and all Auxiliary sponsored efforts, are used to fund equipment and services within the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital.  At its inception, our hospital administrator, Rod Jacobson, was a skeptic as to the possible success or need for a thrift store in our community.  To date, the store generates an average monthly income of approximately $4000.  
The Thrift Store is now often referred to as the “Montpelier Mall” – a gathering place for friends and visitors to find bargains and treasures, receive a hug or a laugh, and contribute to making a difference in our community.

 

 

Inventory
The Thrift Store inventory includes clothing items, books, toys, sporting goods, household goods, linens and fabric, some furniture, and seasonal items.  We DO NOT ACCEPT donations of mattresses, car seats, computers, large appliances (i.e. – stoves, refrigerators, washers, dryers, console TV’s), or broken items that should be disposed of at the dump). All inventory is cleaned (including washing and ironing if needed), and priced before being made available for sale to the public.   Prices are always reasonable and a good bargain can be had any day of the week, though weekly sales are a regular feature at the store.  Sale items are advertised on the electronic reader board located at the front of the store.  

In addition to the regular inventory, each month the Auxiliary hosts a silent auction showcase of items that are either considered collectibles or antiques.  Customers may place their written bids in a journal located on the showcase counter.  A starting bid price is posted with each item and concurrent bids must be of at least $1 increments.  The highest bidder at the closing bid date and time is awarded the purchase.    Customers visiting from out-of-town are eligible to place bids and will be notified by phone if they are the recipients of any items.  Shipping charges will be added to any item that cannot be picked up directly from the store.

RADA Cutlery and Kitchenware
The Thrift Store serves as a distribution site for fine RADA cutlery and other restaurant-quality kitchenware.  An on-going source of fund-raising for the Auxiliary, RADA cutlery makes wonderful wedding, graduation, or holiday gifts.  The knives and cutlery sets come with a Lifetime warranty.  Other popular kitchenware items including cookie sheets and lids, candy thermometers, dishcloths, and cookie scoops are available at the Thrift Store distribution center.
RADA items can also be purchased directly from the manufacturer, using the Auxiliary code #’s.  On-line purchases will ship anywhere in the US and requires a credit or debit card for processing.
RADA Cutlery Online

 

Join the Volunteer Staff at the Thrift Store

The Auxiliary Thrift Store is THE place to volunteer.  Make some new friends, meet some new people, be a part of benefiting our community through common acts of service.  If you can do laundry, iron a shirt, scrub a little grime, have a knack for merchandising, or know what it takes to make customers smile … there is a place for you at the Auxiliary Thrift Store.  Call Judy Fitzsimmons at 847-4445, or visit the Auxiliary web-site link to find out how you can become a volunteer and for more information regarding the Bear Lake Memorial Hospital Auxiliary team.