July 2 will mark a year since Brenda Lee's Thrifties opened its doors in the old West Virginia Housing Authority headquarters on 108 South Third Street in downtown Clarksburg.
Brenda Lee Heldreth, formerly of Maryland, previously had experience with second-hand treasures by having a lot of yard sales.
“I always had this dream,” said Heldreth. “When my oldest son was a baby, I would bring stuff here and I could sell everything. I just thought if I could ever open a shop...”
As she traveled back and forth from Maryland to West Virginia, having no trouble selling off things she no longer needed, she continued to contemplate opening a store once her kids were grown. She realized that dream last summer as her oldest son was quickly approaching adulthood.
“So my oldest turned 18, January 9 of this year,” Heldreth said. The rest is history.
According to Heldredth, Clarksburg wakes up about 10 a.m., and she has a steady flow of business from then until she closes her doors for the day at 4:30 p.m.
“I can pretty much get everything all straightened and cleaned by 10; after that I'm here at the counter,” Heldredth said.
Heldredth said business really picked up when she placed the large thrift shop banner over her door during the winter of 2012.
“I noticed a big difference,” she said. “I was amazed.”
Brenda Lee's Thrifties is 1,400 square feet full of something for everyone, and has new stock weekly, sometimes daily.
“Furniture, clothes, Avon, books, movies, TVs, anything household, purses; just a little bit of everything,” Heldreth said. “Clothes has been a big seller this morning.”
You can visit Brenda Lee's Thrifties Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Brenda Lee's is not a consignment shop, but accepts donations during regular business hours.