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Thrift store debuts
Second site fills need, niche for nonprofit
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Cindy Lippy cleans up the back room of the new Abba House thrift store in preparation of Thursday’s grand opening celebration. - photo by Emily Saunders

The new Abba House Thrift Store at Hammond’s Crossing (click for map) is at 3427 Keith Bridge Road. Hours are 9 to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (678) 208-2000, or go online at
Buying used items at a new thrift store in northeastern Forsyth County will benefit more than just the shopper.

Those who purchase clothing, furniture, appliances and electronics from the Abba House Thrift Store at Hammond’s Crossing are investing in someone else’s future.

The store, which helps fund the Abba House ministry, opened its doors about two weeks ago, and a ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for today.

The 7,000-square-foot building is the ministry’s second thrift store, a branch of the original Silver City location (click for map) that is still open.

Jim Sharp, Abba House’s director, said he’s “pleased with the new store.”

“It’s right in the middle of the northeastern part of the county, and we think that will give us much more exposure,” he said. “One thing that’s vital in this kind of ministry is being convenient, so people can drop off things they want to donate to the store.”

Sharp’s ministry helps women overcome addiction, abuse and other issues. The ministry operates on donations, as well as proceeds from both thrift ventures.

The stores also help women in the program gain job skills.

“We’re able to train our women to do retail, sales and supervision,” said Sharp, adding that the new location is strictly retail.

The building that houses the original store has classrooms, administrative offices and computer labs for program participants on its second floor.

Sharp said both locations “sell really nice, quality merchandise.”

“A lot of people on a fixed income right now might not be able to go to a department store and buy a new shirt, but they can buy a slightly used shirt for $3 or $4 and feel good about it,” he said.

Despite hard financial times, Sharp said the community “has been supportive, and that’s remarkable in this day and age. We continue to experience enormous growth and support.”

Sharp and his wife, Chris, moved their ministry from Florida in 1999 and founded Abba House near the Silver City community on the Dawson/Forsyth County line.