By Corey Baumgartner
Iron County Today
The newest community thrift store in town, “Treasures,” officially opened its doors on July 20. Established by the Community Presbyterian Church, the new store will sell everything from clothes for children and adults, jewelry and books; to home furnishings, appliances, electronics and nearly everything in between.
Since about 1938, the Presbyterian Church has always held rummage sales to benefit the community. However, with all the work involved for one weekend a year, they felt it was time for a change. That was when Nancy Pearson, pastor of the Community Presbyterian Church, and her treasured task-force, embarked on a quest to find a more permanent and more effective location and solution for their cherished charitable work.
“Treasures” will be no ordinary thrift store.
“Our prayer is that this store will become a place where you know you will be treated respectfully and kindly and that you will always find a ready, listening ear when you come here to shop,” Pastor Nancy Pearson said.
Built in what used to be a gas station and garage, this benevolent boutique is also unique because the majority of all sales will remain in and be used throughout the community. Monies, and merchandise will help support local compassionate groups such as the Care and Share, Bread of Life, the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center, and the Children’s Justice Center, to name a few.
“We have been so blessed with people bringing stuff in, it’s incredible,” Bob Pearson said.
During the special grand-opening ribbon-cutting and welcoming ceremony, Pastor Nancy welcomed and thanked everyone for their support and prayers during the planning and launching phases of this new addition to their ministry. Then, speaking of the vision for Treasures, she read the biblical verses from Matthew 5:14-16—about the responsibility of being a light unto the world.
“We pray that God will allow us to be a light shining for Him, here from this corner in Cedar City,” she prayed.
Another very applicable Bible verse says that, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:21) The heart of the Community Presbyterian Church is definitely in this community and the good people of Cedar City.
Following Pastor Nancy, Cedar City Mayor Maile Wilson spoke to those gathered.
“We are so fortunate in this community to have churches and ministries where we can all come together, regardless of faith, and support each other,” she said. “We are not just a city, but a community where we all strive to lift one another up. We are thrilled as a community to welcome the thrift store and see you thrive for many, many years to come.”
Treasures, is located at 1093 S. Main St. in Cedar City and will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are welcomed and for large furniture donations volunteers will come pick it up for free. Bring a friend and come discover some new treasures.