In 2006 a small group of Holmes County residents met to discuss a vision they all had in common. With hearts geared toward area youth, they discussed ways to provide resources for those who need a hand, not just in third-world countries but in the local community as well. Through these brainstorming sessions, Harvest Thrift Store was conceived with a mission statement promising that the store will provide "quality merchandise to support local and international missions," while "honoring God with compassion and integrity" and "assisting our employees and volunteers to reach their full potential."
The Harvest Thrift Store opened for business in November, 2006, debt-free. What began with a leased space in Sugarcreek has since expanded to a second location in Wilmot, made possible by the generous donation of a vacant building at the intersection of Routes 62 and 250. And now it has grown again by recently moving the Sugarcreek location into a new, expanded building.
Volunteers come work right alongside the employees. Boys/men come from Operation 6:12, a drug rehab program. And the boy scouts also come and help us. We give them a donation for all of their hard work.
We are a non-profit store selling antiques, crafts, books, furniture, housewares, new products, shoes, purses, toys and good quality clothing. Proceeds from sales go to support youth programs both locally and internationally.