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Shop on the Corner’s annual Christmas Sale is a Los Alamos holiday tradition. The well-attended thrift shop sale attracts bargain hunters, collectors and hobbyists from throughout Northern New Mexico.
The Christmas Sale features hundreds of new and gently used items, which the volunteer staff set aside all year. Holiday decorations, festive and new clothing, toys and games, books and music, linens, china and glassware, jewelry, leather goods and gifts are some of the featured items.
The sale will be from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Shop on the Corner is located on the lower level of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, off Canyon Road near the corner of Diamond Drive.
Scores of shoppers attend the Christmas Sale each year, where they can purchase items to trim a tree, decorate a home, dress for the holidays and find gifts and stocking stuffers for everyone on their list at thrift store prices.
Shop on the Corner has been a Los Alamos fixture for more than four decades.
The thrift store’s mission is to help Los Alamos County residents recycle their usable clothing and household items; to provide an inexpensive market for the Northern New Mexico community to purchase these items on a budget; and to use the proceeds to donate to local and regional charities and other worthy causes.
The sale raises a significant part of the shop’s outreach budget each year, along with goodwill and fun for shoppers and volunteers alike.
Recent grants from the shop’s proceeds were given to a number of agencies and organizations which included Self Help and L.A. Cares in Los Alamos County, St. James Food Pantry in Taos, Amigos del Valle in Española and St. Elizabeth Shelter in Santa Fe.
One day’s proceeds were donated to New Mexico flood relief after the September storms. Blankets and coats were also sent to Border Ministries that serve the border communities in Mexico.
In addition, the shop donated funds to an Episcopal diocesan project to provide coats and warm clothing to children in the Chama area.
Shop on the Corner also recycles donations. Warm clothing and other useful items are regularly donated to the Bernal Community Center. Surplus items are given to Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
In addition, flawed but usable items are placed in a “free” area at the entryway to the shop. Anyone may take these items at no charge.
Shop on the Corner is open most Wednesdays. Regular hours are 8:45 to 11:45 a.m. On the first Wednesday of each month, the shop is open until 12:30 p.m.
Donations of items in good to excellent condition may be dropped off at the shop during business hours. Shop on the Corner cannot accept large items such as furniture.
Call the church office at 662-5107 for more information.