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May 1, 2014

New site for Abigail’s Attic in Danville

DANVILLE — Following smoke damage from last week’s Mill Street fire, consignment shop Abigail’s Attic will make its new home in a larger store across the street.

Abigail’s Attic was located on the first floor of the building next to BJ’s Steak & Rib House, which was the site of a second-floor structure fire Easter Sunday. The flames leapt to the third floor apartment located above Abigail’s Attic, resulting in heavy smoke damage and some water damage to the consignment shop.

When the staff and volunteers returned to the store on Monday, the state of the shop “hit you like a ton of bricks,” said April Leese, Abigail’s Attic manager. There was an “overwhelming smell of smoke” and they had to throw out about 75 percent of their inventory which was too damaged to sell again. Part of the store’s carpeting was also soaked by water from fire hoses.

Most of the items thrown out were clothes, silks and other fabrics that absorbed the smoke smell. Other “hardline” items, such as those made out of plastic, glass or metal, were salvageable, Leese said.

Abigail’s new store is located at the former site of Victoria’s Photography, across from Abigail’s old address at 295 Mill Street. The site was owned by the same landlord, who needed the old building empty to clean and repair it from the fire.

Abigail’s new location is about 2,400 square feet, an improvement over their old space of about 1,600 square feet, Leese said.

Assistant manager Connie Housenick said she expects Abigail’s Attic to be open in about two weeks, at which point they will again accept donations and consignments. The store will be looking for shoes, purses, accessories and spring and summer women’s clothing.

The new building has electricity, but still needs to be hooked up to telephone and gas lines and have its computer system networked together.

“It’s slow and steady,” Leese said of progress on the store.

Abigail’s Attic, a nonprofit organization overseen by the Geisinger Auxiliary, has received steady help from its approximately 12 volunteers during the move.

“We have great volunteers, great support from Geisinger,” Leese said.

For now, Abigail’s Attic is taking things “a day at a time. We’re optimistic of what lies ahead,” Leese said.

All the money earned through Abigail’s Attic goes to support the Auxiliary and its nonprofit endeavors.

“That’s why we love our job so much … We know we’re contributing,” Leese said.

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