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Crowds Line Up for Morgantown Thrift Store

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A new thrift store in Morgantown has customers lining up before the doors open every Friday morning.

It's only been open for nine weeks, but the Ranch Community Store already has a loyal following. Almost 20 people wait for the doors to open at 10 a.m. on a Friday morning, including Richard Myers.

"Every Friday," Myers said of his visits. "Every Friday because they get new stuff all the time."

The store is only open on Fridays and Saturdays right now. The proceeds benefit Chestnut Mountain Ranch, a Christian-based home and school for troubled boys.

"Fridays are interesting sometimes," said Steve Finn, founder of Chestnut Mountain Ranch. "We get a lot of people who want to get their first crack at what's come in during the week."

The store sells a variety of items from furniture sets to sporting goods, TVs, stoves, antiques, and much more.

"When customers come to the Ranch Store, there's no telling what they're going to find," Finn said. "We're getting all types of donations."

Volunteers usually have to research the items on websites like E-bay to see how much they are worth, Finn said, then usually mark them down 70 to 80 percent.

"So when you get a love seat and a pair of chairs for under a hundred dollars, it's real good," Myers said.

The low prices mean that the items usually sell quickly, making room for new ones. The customers win but so does the Ranch.

"I'm real familiar with what they're doing with the Ranch, and I support it whole heartedly," Myers said. "This is a good way to support it."

Finn said at the end of the year the store will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to three local charities as well.

The store itself creates a community atmosphere. Many of the shoppers were also donating items for sale. At lease one shopper has even become a volunteer at the store as well.

Finn said there are plans to expand the stores hours into Thursdays soon.

Ranch Community Store is located at 255 Don Knotts Blvd, Morgantown, WV 26508.