Thrifting for a Cause

Grace Community Church thrift shop helps fund its many outreach programs

Comfortably nestled along the side of Grace Community Church of Fort Myers, 2415 Grand Ave., is the congregation’s most recent fund-raiser for their many charitable endeavors, the Fresh Expressions Boutique, an adorable little thrift shop they opened a little over a month ago, packed with fresh finds for so many styles, homes and thrifty fashionistas.


Grace Community Church’s thrift shop is just around the side of the building at 2415 Grand Ave.

“The wonderful thing with our thrift shop is that everything we raise goes right back to our charities, to the people who need it most,” said Ms. Lucia, thrift shop organizer and member of the congregation since March. “We feed several hundred homeless people every week through our outreach programs, host all the recovery meetings.”

The thrift shop is packed with all of the “standard” shopping departments: women’s, men’s, children, home goods, jewelry, along with a special plus-size section, vintage section and boutique section, with designer labels packing the racks.

Prices are very reasonable, and volunteers offer regular sales and discounts. Jeans are always $1, purses were $1 during last week’s sale, half-price home goods and so much more.

The vintage rack was loaded with groovy, mod go-go dresses of the 1960s, traveler’s patched-out jackets and like, totally rad, brightly colored blouses of the 1980s – and that’s just the tip of the fashion iceberg.



Totally groovy true-vintage mod go-go dresses of the 1960s!


“This center was built in 1940 as the area’s Sunday school and community gathering hall,” Ms. Lucia explained. “Back then, a man named Ed Horne attended. Since then, he has gone on, lived his life, created a family, and recently ‘returned home’ as our new pastor of the church. We are so honored to have him back.”

Hours to the Grace Community Church thrift shop are Thursday to Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Donations are always welcome, and currently, volunteers request home good donations, as inventory has been dwindling in that department lately. However, any gently used item from any category is humbly welcomed and appreciated.

All donations are tax deductible. Call 239-671-1133 or stop by the shop anytime to make a contribution. Members of the church also plan to renovate and update its memorial garden in the near future.

For further information on the Grace Community Church of Fort Myers’ thrift shop, its congregation, or its many outreach programs, visit

Recovery groups are held at the church every day of the week. Free meals are served Wednesday evening for dinner at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday morning for breakfast, from 8:30 to 10 a.m.



The dining hall is very clean, very welcoming.

Be sure to stop by this adorable, do-gooding thrift shop during its later-in-the-week hours, and know you’re helping a wonderful cause while uncovering some fab finds!

–– M1



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