The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop is nearing a milestone 46 years in the making.

The Grove City Cancer Thrift Shop is nearing a milestone 46 years in the making.

As of July 31, the store has donated a total of $985,131 to support the fight against cancer.

"Our goal is to 'make a million' by the end of 2016," said Joy Egan, president of the nonprofit organization's board of directors.

The shop donates all of its proceeds to the Columbus Cancer Clinic of Lifecare Alliance. Last year, the store donated $39,000 to the clinic.

"For many years we supported the American Cancer Society, but this is a way to support a local organization," said Sue Shilling, one of about 50 volunteers who operate the store.

The thrift shop has been open for business since 1970.

A group of community women, most of whom were the wives of doctors, were interested in creating a charitable effort, Shilling said.

Originally operating in downtown Grove City, the thrift shop relocated a few times before settling in at 3684 Garden Court off Stringtown Road. The original shop was near Plank's on Broadway in the 4000 block of Broadway, Shilling said. It has had a total of four locations and has been on Garden Court for more than 25 years.

"We sell a little bit of everything," Shilling said, including clothing for children and adults, jewelry, toys, household goods, books and knickknacks.

Adult clothing starts at $3 and prices for knickknacks begin at $1, she said.

"It's amazing how much money we've been able to raise just a few dollars at a time," Shilling said.

The store features both donated and consignment items, Egan said.

Proceeds from consignments are split on a 50-50 basis between the consignor and the Columbus Cancer Clinic, she said.

"I think people come to our shop for the great values they can find and also because they know they're helping a great cause," Egan said. "Cancer touches everyone, every family."

That includes volunteers at the thrift shop. Grove City resident Mary Rings, who has volunteered at the store since April, is among them.

"I lost both of my parents to cancer," she said. "When you go through something like that, you feel like you want to give something back as a repayment for all the support and care you've received."

Volunteers are asked to work two four-hour shifts each month, Shilling said.

The shop is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. Consignments are accepted noon to 3 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

The shop has a Facebook page and customers can sign up to receive monthly emails at gccancerthriftshop@ hotmail.com.

"We let people know about special sales in the email, and each month we provide information about a different type of cancer," Shilling said.

The shop also has items on eBay, which can be accessed by using the advanced search on the website and typing in "gccthrift" when searching by seller.

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