A helping hand for Nifty Thrifty

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

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Nifty Thrifty's Mary Shafer is shown with one of a number of nearly new prom dresses recently donated to the nonprofit Bellaire resale, which is asking the community for financial support to allow the business to continue operations after a challenging winter.


BELLAIRE – As it was for most residents, it was a very long winter for Nifty Thrifty, the little Broad Street resale shop in downtown Bellaire that for more than 40 years has provided the community with previously owned household and personal clothing items at very reasonable prices.

However, while temperatures are warming outside, the heat and electric bills are continuing to come through the door of the shop that has done so much for so many.

"It was a long winter," said shop manager Julie Palka last week."Everyone had high heat and electric bills to pay. So, as a result of that, our business has dropped off, making it hard for us to pay our bills."

Palka and her business partner Mary Shafer, both of whom have been fixtures in the resale shop for many years, have made sure, so far, that the monthly average $300 natural gas bills and $200 electric bills have been paid, but the largest bills of the winter are just now hitting their mailbox.

Originally a volunteer operation, the shop returned to its roots in late 2016 when Antrim County formally halted all funding of the shop, which it had operated as a service to the county for more than a decade.

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