Due to the Covid -19 outbreak and following CDC along with State and County guidelines, the Thrift Store has adopted the following modified hours:
Monday Thru Friday, 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pmLook for additional store hours in the next few weeks.
GCRC Community Thrift Store
The GCRC Community Thrift Store has been serving the Communities of Safford, Thatcher, and Pima since 1987. The Thrift Store serves as a Vocational Training facility, teaching retail skills such as merchandising, customer service, warehouse management, and so on. The Thrift Store started in a small building on 7th street. In 1993 the Thrift Store moved to it permanent location at 504 W. Main Street. The Thrift Store expanded in 2003 with the addition of building at 502 W. Main St., and again in 2012 with the purchase of 512 W. Main Street. Currently the Thrift Store provides approximately 10,000 sq ft of retail space, where customers are able to purchase gently used merchandise while being part of the training experience for the trainees.
Hours of Operation
The Community Thrift Store is open:
- Monday Thru Friday, 8:00 am until 6:00 pm
- Saturday, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm
The Community makes the Thrift Store
The reason we call ourselves the "Community" Thrift Store, is that we exist because of the community, and exist to serve the community. It is the generous donation of the community that makes this training facility possible. The donations we receive not only provide the merchandise our trainees use in learning retail skills, but the money is used to pay the wages for our trainees, as they work toward graduating and finding competitive community employment. However, training is only one of the ways that donations to GCRC are used to serve the community. The Thrift Store also:
- Makes in-kind donations to meet community needs: Every year GCRC donates back to the community over $30,000.00 dollars of in-kind donations. Daily GCRC receives requests for clothing, furniture, and household items. GCRC partners with local schools, and other agencies, who identify families and individuals in need, and refer them to GCRC. GCRC receives requests ranging from a homeless individual needing shelter, to someone who just got out of prison needing help getting a fresh start, to a family who's has lost everything due to fire, to families hit by sudden unemployment needing school clothes for their children, to single parents needing clothing to go to a job interview. Donating to GCRC is a great way to give to the entire community. If you are a local agency, contact us about being part of our voucher program, and partner with GCRC to meet the needs in our community.
- Reduces landfill waste thru reuse and recycling: In a very real way, GCRC acts as a broker, connecting those with items no longer needed, to those who need it. We have individuals from all walks of life who shop the Thrift Store. This is especially true with our online store, which allows people to shop from the comfort of home. But beyond brokering item, GCRC makes every effort to either sell items donated to GCRC or in some way recycle items that didn't sell. For example, GCRC recycles thousands of pounds of cardboard, aluminum, copper, and steel each month in the form of household items that are turned into recyclables. GCRC also recycles clothing by turning clothing we are unable to sell into cleaning rags, and sells over 2000 lbs. of rags per month to local businesses.