Pink Ladies reopens thrift shop

Exeter Community Service Guild’s thrift shop will be open two days a week; supports high school scholarships, community projects

EXETER – Now that businesses are adjusting to life in a pandemic, more places are reopening their doors to customers. On Aug. 18, Pink Ladies Thrift Shop in Exeter reopened for business, with their hours limited to Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Due to abundant inventory, the store will open with a half-price sale on adult-sized clothing and all shoes and purses. Customers will be required to wear masks and sanitize their hands at the door. There will be a limit of two people per family with no more than seven customers in the shop at a time. Shopping will be limited to 30 minutes if other customers are waiting. Donations will still be taken on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. but no electronics will be accepted.

The Pink Ladies Thrift Stop opened in 1963 on Pine Street and moved to its current site at 118 S. E St. in 1995. They have become an integral part of the community and all work is done by volunteers. Proceeds from the shop go to public service projects in the Exeter community. Some of the income from the shop is used to provide scholarships to local high school graduates. Other beneficiaries include Exeter Art Gallery, Chamber of Commerce, Little League, EUHS Music Boosters, Sober Graduation, Food Closet, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and many local schools. The shop was named Exeter Business of the Year in 2006 and has won the Chamber of Commerce Scarecrow Contest for the last three years.

Exeter Community Service Guild operates the Pink Ladies Thrift Store and has a long history of providing for the citizens of Exeter. It originally started as Exeter Memorial Hospital Foundation and Service Guild in 1956 with the first president being Winifred Vincent. The members worked as helpers in the hospital doing everything from sitting at the visitor’s desk to helping feed patients. There was no thrift store at that time, so money was raised by hosting a dinner dance known as The Pretzel Prance.

When the hospital closed in 2001, the Pink Ladies started using the name Exeter Community Service Guild. The guild has helped fund the community clock at Joyner Park, water fountains in City Park, sidewalk benches, Christmas decorations, and 2020 Exeter fire work display.

The guild also hosts an annual brunch in May for installation of new officers and announcement of scholarship recipients. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the brunch was canceled this year, however $2000 scholarships were still awarded. These scholarships are renewable for four years. This year’s recipients were EUHS seniors Caleb Peltzer, son of Larry and Katherine Peltzer, and Julia Nelsen, daughter of Sean and Jennifer Nelsen. Officers will be Louis Martin as president, Elaine Howell as treasurer, Sue Holt for recording secretary and Mary Alice Copeland as secretary.

If a person is interested in joining the Guild as either a working or supporting (non-working) member, they can send their name and contact information to Exeter Community Service Guild, PO Box 635, Exeter, CA 93221.

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