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Bonnie’s Bargain Basement

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“Turning Deals Into Meals”

Bonnie’s Bargain Basement, located around back of the Brewer Area Food Pantry at 222 North Main Street, is OHI’s vision for the long-term sustainability of the food pantry. Both are owned and operated by OHI.

OHI hopes it can generate enough sales over time to offset the operating expenses of both Bonnie’s Bargain Basement and the Brewer Area Food Pantry. While both are located at 222 North Main Street, to access Bonnie’s Bargain Basement people need to drive around to the back of the building, off Betton Street.

“While we want the thrift shop to be self-sustaining, a major goal is to cover expenses of operating the food pantry as well as to close the gap of purchasing food that donations don’t cover,” said Rich Romero, OHI resource developer. “Make no mistake, though, we also want people in Brewer and the surrounding area to find it’s a terrific store in our area to get great deals.”

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. It closes Sunday through Wednesday. Please call 989-3200 to schedule donation drop offs for Wednesdays. The store eagerly accepts donations from the community; however, a few items will not be accepted. Mattresses, tube televisions, baby cribs, cloth furniture and car seats aren’t accepted.

People who visit Bonnie’s will find a large selection of women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, accessories, household goods including small appliances, books, a children’s room with toys, stuffed animals and dolls, videos and furniture. The store accepts cash, and credit and debit cards.

Bonnie’s Bargain Basement stands out among similar thrift stores because of its emphasis on “Turning Deals into Meals,” in reference to its mission to financially support the Brewer Area Food Pantry. To help keep down operating expenses, the store relies heavily on volunteers.

“Similar to the food pantry, our primary workforce is volunteers,” Romero explained. “The food pantry and Bonnie’s have incredibly dedicated and committed volunteers who do a fantastic job operating the facilities with management oversight by an OHI employee.”

People interested in volunteering at the store or to donate should call the store at 989-3200 or e-mail Romero at rromero@ohimaine.org.  People are asked not to leave any donations outside the facility when it’s closed.