The Commerce Journal


November 8, 2007

It's a bargain

Bargain Box moves to new location

For some, it’s like hunting for treasure that has been cast off by other people. For the members of the Presbyterian Hospital of Commerce Auxiliary, it’s a way to help the hospital purchase new equipment and furnishings that make it a brighter and better place.

It’s the Bargain Box, a resale shop run by the hospital auxiliary to raise funds for needed things at Commerce Presbyterian. The Bargain Box has moved to a new location at 1223 Washington St. in downtown Commerce, the former location of Quilts on the Square and before that Jim Clark’s.

According to Betty Casselberry, a member of the hospital auxiliary, the shop has been in several different locations over the years.

“Three years ago, when we were in the city building (on Alamo Street) and they needed to tear it down for the new City Hall, there just weren’t a whole lot of places we could go to,” Casselberry said.

The organization found a space to rent on the corner of Washington and Maple streets and used that location until just a few weeks ago.

“We really wanted to be back in downtown Commerce,” Casselberry said, “number one, because we love downtown and number two, because it gives us such great visibility for the hospital and for our business.”

The auxiliary had already begun looking for places to move even before they knew they would have to, according to Casselberry.

“The owner of our former building decided he wanted to renovate and sell it,” she said. “That meant we had to search.”

The owner of Quilts on the Square had decided she wanted to relocate her business, Casselberry said, and opportunity knocked.

“This was a perfect location for us,” she said.

The move has already greatly increased traffic in the store, according to Casselberry.

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