Anderson thrift shop shutting down

Jul 27, 2014 7:51 PM by Charlene Cheng

For the past decade, Wanda Leach has been running Junk-n-Treasures in Anderson, handing out deals to her customers, and giving away what she can to those in need.

"We have been here almost 10 years, we have served the community. We have donated to the Good News Rescue Mission, 500 to 1000 coats every Thanksgiving," Leach said.

Now, after being evicted from the building, she is being forced to close shop.

"It's very heartbreaking. I've made so many wonderful, wonderful friends," she said.

It's easy to see from the large variety of items where the name 'Junk-n-Treasures' comes from, but unfortunately, people aren't interested in buying either one at the moment.

"As far as we're concerned, if we can't pay the bills, it's time to say goodbye," Leach said.

Loyal customers stop by the store regularly, not only to shop, but also just to hang out.

"I'm gonna miss the fact that there's a place within walking distance of my house to pick up stuff that I like," Caleb Chisum said.

"I like the weird things. I've got a Coke bottle here that was 17-years-old. I've gotten a lot of cool things, cool hats and stuff like that," Dustin Smith added.

Leach says that although her store is closing, it won't be the last you'll see of her.

"That's what people are afraid of, 'I'll never see you again.' Yes, you will. I'm not leaving town. I'm not going to be like a business that folds up in the middle of the night and you never see me again. I'm going to be here. I'm going to do something else," she said.

Leach anticipates that the store will be shut down by the end of the month.

Until then, she's hoping to liquidate as many items as possible.


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