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Something’s different at Linden Pond’s resale shop

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March 14th, 2017
Residents can conveniently donate furniture, housewares, and other items they no longer need to Linden Ponds’ Treasure Chest, an on-site resale shop.

Residents can conveniently donate furniture, housewares, and other items they no longer need to Linden Ponds’ Treasure Chest, an on-site resale shop.

One of the primary ways that Linden Ponds raises money for its philanthropic endeavors is the Treasure Chest, an on-site resale shop, where residents can donate furniture, housewares, and other items they no longer need.

Over the summer, the Treasure Chest was relocated to a newly renovated space. The shop had previously been set up in two locations, one for furniture and one for housewares and gifts. The shops are now combined, which Treasure Chest chair Connie Graham says enables better utilization of volunteer hours.

Many hands make light work

“In June, the general services department undertook the task to open an additional storage area adjacent to the furniture shop,” Connie says. “They constructed a doorway, painted, carpeted, installed outlets, moved furniture, put up paintings, and so much more.”

The process of combining the two shops was long and involved. Connie says the Treasure Chest’s 35 resident volunteers were all instrumental in the moving and remodeling process, as was her sister Deb Graham, who also lives at the Hingham, Mass., Erickson Living community. 

Deb helped to pack up the old shop, stage furniture in the new shop, set up a system for storing seasonal items, and match all of the donated greeting cards with envelopes. 

“The volunteers wrapped and boxed each and every item,” Connie says. “We were closed for six weeks, and before we could open the remodeled shop, all the items had to be unwrapped.”

Fruitful effort

The hard work that volunteers and staff put into the Treasure Chest remodeling project definitely paid off. Connie says customers and fellow residents have offered a lot of positive feedback about the new-and-improved space. 

“Compliments mainly reflect appreciation for the planning, which allows freedom of movement, and the attractiveness of the display,” Connie says “It is everything I hoped it would be.”

Connie also says the combined shop has seen increased traffic. Anyone who lives at, works at, or visits Linden Ponds is welcome to shop at the Treasure Chest, open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“We find residents and staff are fairly equally represented in our customer base,” Connie says. “Family members and private care workers also visit often.”

Most resident volunteers work one or two two-hour shifts each month. Some handle pricing items and ringing up sales, while others stage the shop.

“By combining the furniture and other items, it allows people to see items staged as they might look in any apartment,” Connie says.

Give and take

Residents can donate items to the Treasure Chest whenever it is open. Linden Ponds’ housekeeping department is available to assist with moving furniture to the shop.

“We have been blessed with many wonderful donations. Some require research into their history and value,” Connie says. “Belleek china, Japanese collectible dolls, Lenox and Royal Dalton china, Nantucket baskets, along with Willow Tree and authentic Hummels are among some of the treasures we have sold.”

To augment the funds raised by reselling furniture and housewares, Connie says the Treasure Chest also sells Hilliard’s candy bars and has started a loyalty card program. Customers get one stamp for each purchase of $1 or more, and when they collect ten stamps, they receive a coupon for $5 off a purchase of $10 or more.

“Many residents come weekly and look for new treasures. Others come looking for specific items,” Connie says. “For many, it has become a shopping destination.”

Since it opened about 11 years ago, the Treasure Chest has raised $158,000 to support Linden Ponds’ philanthropic efforts. Funds are distributed to the Resident Care Fund, which assists residents who experience an unforeseen change in their financial resources for reasons beyond their control, the Scholarship Fund, which helps the community’s student workers finance higher education, and the Staff Appreciation Fund, which provides bonuses for employees. 

The Treasure Chest raised $20,000 in 2015, and prior to the final closing of the books, Connie says 2016 was expected to be the best year yet for donations.

“Since all of these monies go back to the community, it is very gratifying,” Connie says.