Airman's Attic, thrift shop offer secondhand items|
by Kelly Deichert
Air University Public Affairs
8/12/2011 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- In times of need, Airmen and their families can turn to each other for support. The Airmen's Attic and Maxwell Thrift Shop accept donations and return them to the community at little or no cost.
The Airman's Attic gives free uniforms, adult and children's clothing, furniture and household items to service members E-6 and below and their families.
"The donations need to be serviceable," said Bob Callahan, who has volunteered there for three years. "The more donations we get, the better service we can be for the Airmen."
The Airman's Attic recently moved to its new location, building 914, which used to house the BXtra/furniture store.
"This is a better location, with easier access for the Airmen here," Callahan said.
He said he hopes the new facility will draw in more Airmen and families. The Airman's Attic has seen a surge in donations and now has a large enough stock to offer unlimited access to most items.
"On certain big-ticket items, like furniture, TVs, stereos and baby cribs, they need a letter of authorization from their first sergeant," Callahan said, to ensure that the most expensive items go to those with the greatest need.
The Maxwell Thrift Shop, operated by volunteers from the Maxwell-Gunter Officers' Spouses' Club, is across the street from the Airman's Attic in the Maxwell Mall.
The thrift shop sells donated and consigned items at a low cost. The money raised is returned to the community.
"The money is primarily used for scholarships and other charities that request throughout the year," said Reeba Robitzsch, the shop manager. The other charities include the Humane Society, Fisher House and Airmen relief agencies.
The club aims to raise enough money annually to give away $20,000 in scholarships, Robitzsch said.
The thrift store accepts donations and sells items on consignment. "We take pretty much anything in good, working order," said Robitzsch, who has volunteered at the thrift shop for seven years.
"For larger items, we recommend you call before you haul to make sure we have room for it," Robitzsch said.
Clothes should be in good shape, without stains or missing buttons. In addition to clothes, books and movies, the shop sells small appliances and furniture. The shop does not accept gas-powered equipment or large appliances.
Items can be dropped off during business hours or in the kiosk after hours. Both the Airman's Attic and Maxwell Thrift Shop are operated by volunteers and are looking for people who want to help.