Clothing Depot opens at new site in Medina, with a new name – MAAC Thrift Depot
By Ginny Kropf, correspondent
MEDINA – Perhaps being evicted from the former Medina High School was a blessing in disguise for the MAAC Clothing Depot.
On Monday, the former Clothing Depot opened its doors in a new location at the corner of Starr and Orient streets, and with a new name as the MAAC Thrift Depot, to better identify their store, which offers much more than clothing.
The building, which once housed Bell’s Supermarket and then Mic-Jac Lumber, gives the Thrift Depot more space to collect, sort and sell their merchandise – all in a newly remodeled area.
Shoppers on Thursday were clearly thrilled with the bright, sunny store, with new carpeting and air-conditioning soon to be installed.
Melanie Halloway of Medina was shopping with her niece Mea Cattrianna.
“I just love it here,” Halloway said. “It’s roomier and all the ladies are so loving. I’ll be coming here every week.”
Shirley Tower of Albion agreed.
I like it real well,” she said. “There’s such a lot of room.”
Volunteer Julie Noreck was ringing up customers’ sales.
“It’s going very well,” Noreck said. “People are excited about the new store. We have much more room and it’s carpeted and brighter.”
The Thrift Depot started as a thrift store 40 years ago in a church basement. It moved several decades ago to the old high school, where they operated out of several small rooms. The old school is being renovated into apartments.
“We’ve come a long way, but only with the help of the generous and caring people of the community of Medina,” said Sue Metzo, who led the search for a new store.
The new location is not only remodeled, but is in a more central location and provides plenty of room all in one large space, said volunteer Alice Zacher.
New hours for the Thrift Depot are 9 a.m. to noon Monday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday; and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Also new is “1/2 price day” the first Tuesday of each month.
Drop-off chutes for donations are available outside the building. MAAC accepts good, clean clothing, shoes and jewelry; clean household items in good condition, including small appliances and small furniture; books, toys and linens; DVD’s and CD’s; kitchen items; and holiday decorations.