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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • 'Second 2 New' gives used items a second life

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  • Susan Ballard was thinking about having a garage sale. However, she had so many items, she decided to take that idea a step further: Why not open up a new thrift store? She and her daughter, Lisa Weldon, are co-owners of the shop Second 2 New Thrift Store in downtown Newton. The business opened Oct. 15 and is at 212 N. Main St. The women are long-time Newton residents and are themselves avid thrift store shoppers. They offer a wide variety of items in their store, from clothes, to furniture, to knickknacks, to live plants. They said the items available in the store change daily, and they constantly are adding more inventory. “There’s something for everyone,” Weldon said. Religious items such as videos and books are available at the shop for free, and the store owners encourage people to use those items and then pass them on to others who may need them. The store accepts all kinds of donations, and also offers free pick-up, Weldon said. Right now in particular they are looking for donations of baby boy clothes and men’s jeans. Ballard said she is grateful for the support the business already has received from the community. They’ve received quite a few donations, including items from other stores that were closing. “Everyone’s been so willing to help,” she said. The mother/daughter team said they have enjoyed operating a business in downtown Newton and even plan to expand their business in the future. “It’s a lot of fun,” Weldon said. The shop is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 804-4290.

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