Catchpenny Resale Shop’s supervisor Nancy Karijolich loves working with the 25-plus volunteers and many customers that frequent the bustling thrift shop on Main Street in Barrington. Established in 1972, Catchpenny Resale Shoppe (catchpennyresaleshop.com) is a nonprofit supported by the Volunteer Auxiliary of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. The shop sells donated items including clothing, housewares, toys, holiday decorations, and more. Proceeds of sales support local scholarships for students going into the health care field; patient care at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital; and Luv Ewes, a group of volunteers that makes tray favors and pillows for hospital patients. Here are a few of this dynamic lady’s favorite lasts:
Last interesting or unique donations made to the shop?
A beautiful Chinese Kimono, a brand new $750 Vera Wang wedding dress, brand new Rimowa luggage, fur coats, Lladró pieces, a funny sweater with Flip Flops all over it, and an Elvis sweater. Even crazier was the vase that had someone’s ashes in it.
Last amazing compliment received from a shop customer?
One of the best compliments that the shop has received is how bright, beautiful, and friendly it is. We were lucky enough 1 ½ years ago to have a generous donor give Catchpenny a much-needed remodel.
Last moment that made you realize that what you do makes an impact?
We help customers from all over. Just recently we had a young lady who needed a dress for a special interview. We helped her find the perfect dress along with accessories and shoes. She was so excited and it made all of us feel proud for her. Best of all is hearing how Catchpenny has been able to serve the community for so long. It makes me feel good to know that what I do here at Catchpenny is appreciated by so many.
Last volunteer who went above and beyond?
I really can’t choose just one volunteer. I am very lucky to have the best volunteers here at Catchpenny. They have become family to me and we all work together to make Catchpenny not only a successful business but also a fun place to volunteer and work. Every day I think how lucky I am to work alongside great people and help great customers.
Last best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Always be kind to everyone. You never know what people are dealing with in their personal lives. If you greet them with a smile and a cheery hello, it just might make their day brighter.