The Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that was formed 41 years ago in order to provide money for equipment and furniture as well as manpower to work at the guest information desk and help with other duties as needed.
One of the auxiliary’s primary sources of income is from the sale of merchandise at its thrift shop, located at 431 N. College St.
Everything from paperback books and stuffed animals to evening gowns and candlestick holders is collected from donations and sold at the store, with all proceeds benefiting Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie.
“We try to keep fresh merchandise on the racks and we’re doing a real good job,” said volunteer Ruby Hays of the store, which is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
Almost every Wednesday, there is a line of 20 to 30 people waiting for the doors to open at the store, which is located in what was once a residence. Merchandise is organized and separated by room, with, for example, pots, pans and tableware in one room and children’s clothing in another.
Each Monday, a group of volunteers sorts through the donations, making sure small appliances are in working order and clothing is not stained.
“We’ve got such a lovely group that come in on Monday,” said co-manager Margie Burton, who has managed the thrift shop with her husband, M.L., for more than five years.
“We’re Christians and we feel like it’s a ministry for us,” she said. “We all work together real well. We have a routine.”
In-season clothing that passes inspection is put on hangers and placed on the appropriate rack. Out-of-season clothing in good condition is stored for sale at a later date. Any clothing that doesn’t sell in the store within a short period of time or clothing with broken zippers and missing buttons is sold by the pound.
M.L Burton has found other sources of income for donated items, as well. For example, brass items that don’t sell can be sold by the pound.
Almost all donations are accepted with the exception of large furniture and computer components, which don’t sell well but take up lots of space.
“We do not accept furniture we cannot move or fit in the car,” said Hays, who notes that donations of chairs and small tables are welcomed.
Of course, it makes the volunteers’ job easier if items donated are clean and in good working order, although workers often take the time to make minor repairs in order to make items suitable for sale.