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June 23, 2014

Salvation Army to celebrate 25th

DANVILLE – Merchandise often goes quickly at the Danville Salvation Army Family Store.

“If it’s unusual, there’s a quick turnaround especially if it’s in our windows,” said Penny Gerringer, store manger.

One of their more unusual items was a 2-foot-tall black porcelain pig wearing a black feather boa and a floppy hat. “It was probably was on our sales floor 15 minutes,” she said.

The store, at 260 Mill St., is observing its 25th anniversary in downtown Danville.

The start of a year-long celebration begins June 25. An anniversary party will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. that day featuring free cake, free balloons, door prizes and a huge sale.

Every month, they will hold new and exciting surprises on the 25th of each month through June 2015. In December and January, the specials will be on Dec. 26 and Jan. 26.

The 8,800-square-foot store opened on Mill Street in March 1990.

While they offer a wide variety of items for purchase, Gerringer said it was easier to say what they don’t have – large appliances and waterbeds.

Ninety-eight percent of their merchandise is donated by the public with a few items purchased for resale such as reconditioned mattress sets containing new fabric and stuffing, she said.

Customers come from a wide area with many making their appointments to come to Geisinger Medical Center for Wednesdays when the store holds its 50 percent off sale on colored-tag items.

“We have two women who travel two and a half hours one-way to Geisigner who always stop here,” Gerringer said.

Probably their biggest setback was the flood of 2011 when six feet of water filled the basement. “We were pretty much fully stocked. We had an extremely wonderful summer for donations,” she said. 

They ended up having to throw out more than 35 large Dumpsters of items with the store closed for a week so electrical outlets could dry out and an electrician made certain main power circuits were all right in the basement.

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