Auxiliary for Community Health Thrift Shop. Photos by Debbie Darby.
Auxiliary for Community Health Thrift Shop. Photos by Debbie Darby.

Photos by Debbie Darby

WINSTED — After seven months of being closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Auxiliary Thrift Shop on 120 Willow Street reopened on Monday, Oct. 19.
The Auxiliary is a nonprofit organization that was founded over 100 years ago to offer financial aid to community health programs.
All items purchased and donated to The Auxiliary Thrift Shop help to support health-related programs in and around Winsted.
In an interview with The Winsted Phoenix, Organization President Milly Hudak said that it has been a very long seven months for both the organization and its customers.
“Our customers were really upset because they were waiting for us to reopen,” Hudak said. “They’ve been coming in this week just throwing their hands up in the air saying ‘thank heaven you are open!’ It’s good to be back! We do service a lot of people that don’t have cars to get out of town to shop. Our customers are a different class of people where their money is tight. That’s why they come to us.”
Hudak said that the shop will not be accepting donations at this time.
“We got donations while our shop was closed, and now the shop is full,” she said. “We haven’t been open so we haven’t been depleting the inventory. So right now we can’t take donations.”
Hudak added that “I have to give a huge thank you to everybody that has supported us throughout the years. We will continue to do our best to serve our community.”
The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
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