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Lord’s Cupboard to offer furniture sales

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A Franklin nonprofit thrift shop will open a new section to sell furniture starting Tuesday.

The Lord’s Cupboard, 606 Banta St., is a retail store, but all money made goes back into the community to help local families, said Julie Stewart, a board member for Lord’s Cupboard.

“The money we make there goes right back into the community — whether it’s through voucher referrals or scholarships,” she said. “It’s all without government tax money — solely based on donations.”

Low-income families can get free household goods and clothing if they have vouchers from area groups, such as the Interchurch Food Pantry, churches and the township trustee offices.

The shop gives away about $1,500 to $2,000 worth of merchandise through vouchers each month.

In November, the store moved from its former location on Johnson Avenue. The new location is in a more visible area off U.S. 31, and the store can also soon sell furniture when it opens up 800 more square feet of space in a neighboring section of the building.

Families with vouchers will also be able to get furniture items free of charge.

“Sometimes the Red Cross sends us fire victims and they need items, like a couch or a mattress,” she said.

The shop sells everything from sewing supplies to kids clothing and toys to an array of other household goods. Stewart said the store has become a favorite place for antique shoppers to look for treasures as well. All items for sale are donated to the shop.

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