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Off Center sells affordable items for a good cause
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Off Center Thrift and Gift volunteers Cheri Bianco, Carrie DeBruyn and Monica Johnson are a few of the many who donate their time to run the nonprofit store that has helped hundreds of charities throughout Stanislaus County. - photo by NANCY ANGEL / The Journal

Name of business: Off Center Thrift and Gift

Type of business: Thrift store

Hours of operation:  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday

Location: 410 East Olive Ave., Turlock

History of business:  When Off Center Thrift and Gift opened its doors in December 2006, the store's volunteer staff aimed to make an impact in the community.

The independent nonprofit thrift store has not only filled its racks with affordable secondhand items, it’s also helped hundreds of charities throughout Stanislaus County.

“All of the funds we make at our thrift stores go directly to the community,” said volunteer Carrie DeBruyn.  “It’s a satisfying feeling knowing we’re putting all of the money towards a great cause.”

In the past seven years the organization, which is made up of approximately 100 volunteers, have donated to dozens of organizations including The United Samaritans Foundation, Newman Toys 4 Tots and Hilmar Helping Hands. This year Off Center has hit a milestone by reaching over $400,000 in donations.

“We have so many customers who come repeatedly to our store that they almost feel like an extended family,” said DeBruyn. “Not only do they come to shop, but they also help our store by bringing in items to donate.”

Off Center also accepts donated items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.

Business specialty: Off Center sells everything from designer jeans to home furnishings. Most clothing items cost less than $5. The thrift store also sells paperback books and fashion accessories.

Items that are not sold are donated to the United Samaritans Foundation in Turlock.

“We make sure our items are properly and neatly displayed,” added DeBruyn. “We have a special volunteer in charge of decorating our items in the store and she does a really good job in making sure our items look appealing.”