Anyone seeking clothing bargains for their family, combined with a chance to support struggling members of the Upper Valley Community, may want to drop into Brighter Days Boutique at 162 Houlton Street in Woodstock between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays.
The boutique, located in the expansive new Valley Food Bank headquarters, offers a wide selection of used clothing in a vast array of styles and sizes. It also showcases a small selection of household items.
All funds from Brighter Days Boutique sales directly support the Valley Food Bank operations, which provides food and other services to clients from Nackawic to River de Chute.
Store manager Misty Brown said the store offers a great selection, but they could use more men’s clothes.
She said Valley Food Bank plans to install a large donation box outside the building, but in the meantime, people can bring clean, quality clothing to the boutique.
Brown also encouraged the public to donate dishes, cookware, small appliances and other household items.
Valley Food Bank executive director Monica Grant explained food bank clients have a chance to select needed items for free from the boutique each Tuesday.
Brown said traffic to the boutique is growing and expects even more people now that the sign hangs above the store’s front door, and people have become aware of the Tuesday to Friday hours.
Valley Food Bank’s new 28,000 sq. ft. headquarters on Houlton Street provides needed space to store and deliver food to clients. It will also houses classrooms and a kitchen to offer cooking and nutrition classes and finance, budgeting, and other types of instruction.
The food bank also makes the boardroom and classrooms available for rent for meetings and other activities, with funds supporting its many services.
Jim Dumville, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, River Valley Sun