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Whispering Hope thrift store opens Sunday
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Diane Treacy stocks the shelves at the new Whispering Hope thrift store, which has its grand opening Sunday in Tri-County Plaza. - photo by Jim Dean

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The Whispering Hope Bargain Boutique will celebrate its grand opening at 2 p.m. Sunday. Regular hours will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays in Suite 208 at Tri-County Plaza.

The Whispering Hope Bargain Boutique will celebrate the grand opening of its new location at Tri-County Plaza in Cumming on Sunday.

The thrift store began as a spring fundraiser last year in south Forsyth. That six-week sale was so popular, the organization decided to extend it and move to a new location.

“We are so excited to have such a great retail location,” said Jackie Batson, director. “The store truly has something for everyone ... we hope everyone will enjoy learning more about our ministry through shopping, donating and/or volunteering.”

Whispering Hope is a nonprofit women’s resource and pregnancy center geared toward helping expectant and new mothers with babies up to 18 months.

The center provides counseling, resources, education and a mommy store, where women can buy baby items with vouchers earned by attending parenting classes.

Proceeds from the new thrift store will benefit the pregnancy center.

Vicky Clair, president of Whispering Hope, said the shop is a “wonderful way to raise money for the center and offer great items for the whole family at very reasonable prices.”

The shop has everything from house wares and furniture to clothing for all ages. The thrift store will also serve as a donation spot for gently used items.

“Whispering Hope couldn’t continue its work without the generous support from our community and area churches,” Clair said.

“Our center not only helps women during an unexpected pregnancy ... but we actually help each woman take steps towards self-sufficiency by providing parenting education, GED assistance and counseling.”