One More Time offers new life for reusables

Photo by Jody Isaackson Terry Winter of Minneota stopped by One More Time to pick up a couple of wall decorations. He is being assisted by a core manager, Jeanette Sharp.

MINNEOTA — The theme, “Reduse, reuse and recycle”, is being put to work at One More Time of the Parish of St. Edward’s in Minneota.

“Our purpose, first of all, is to make available materials that are out there and can be reused,” Jeanette Sharp said.

“There is so much out there that we could be taking advantage of and reusing. And, St. Edward’s will receive any proceeds.”

Sharp is one of the core advisors or managers of the second hand store, along with Brenda and Gene Verschelde and Barbara and Jon Guttermsson.

The store opened during Minneota Crazy Days the weekend of July 8, taking advantage of the event to hold their grand opening.

“Which was good, we had a great day,” Sharp said. “We’re in the process of evaluating our prices.”

Their inventory seems well-balanced, with clothing, hats, scarves, belts, athletic wear, home decor, small furniture items, toys, books, live plants, and more. The items are sorted by seasons, Sharp said, with off-season items being stored in the back.

Another item available at One More Time is frozen pies. Customers can pick a pie up and take it home to bake, instructions included.

“Pie bakers in St. Ed’s parish are selling frozen pies they make in the school food service area,” Sharp said. “They come in rhubarb, blueberry and cherry right now. Soon peach will be available, too. Proceeds will also go to the school.”

The store is located on the setback corner next to Rehkemp Horvath Funeral home and across the street from the city office, right on Highway 68.

It boasts a fitting room and a public restroom as well as a well-situated checkout counter near the door.

There is a truck-size garage door along the side of the building to receive donations, which volunteers sort, price and put on on the display floor.

“We had a great group of people volunteering in getting going and working,” Sharp said. “Community members brought in their grandchildren who helped in the back taking donations.”

Volunteers were available when needed prior to the opening. Some came for one or two specific jobs, like power washing the floor, while others came more often to help with the painting or hanging up displays. Even those scheduled to work part-time as sales clerks are volunteers going forward, Sharp said.

“There’s still so much out there that’s still good,” Sharp said. “If the business runs well, it will pay the bills and help St. Edward’s.”

One More Time takes donations during store hours, Sharp said. They just do not take huge appliances or electrical items that do not run.

Store hours are Wednesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.