November 24, 2014
Christmas is just around the corner, and to help residents with their holiday decor the Christmas Shop has opened for its eighth consecutive year.
The Christmas Shop at 122 W. Main St. has grown to provide one of the largest assortments of gently used and new Christmas items.
LaRose on Main Street owner Marcheta Dixon owns the building next to her antique shop, and it makes the perfect place for the Christmas Shop. Area residents bring in Christmas items they no longer want. These items are then placed for sale at reasonable prices. For instance, a wreath could sell for $3 or a three-foot Christmas tree can be priced as low as $4.
“Everyone has used Christmas decor stored away that never gets used,” Dixon said. “Or a person might acquire things from an auction or estate. We take all the items and price them right. People have already started calling wanting to know when we will be open.”
Dixon, an antique dealer, often has people ask her to clean out homes or storage containers. Eight years ago, she realized she had accumulated a large amount of Christmas decor and decided to sell these items and use the money for families in need during the holiday season.
The idea has been successful. Dixon is now able to help families in all three Montgomery County school corporations.
“This year the donations of merchandise have been tremendous,” Dixon said. “The people who have volunteered to help with the shop and who have donated merchandise is greater than ever before.”
Kroger East also has partnered with Dixon to prepare special gift certificates for food items that are distributed to families through the school corporations. Dixon and her husband Bob never know the recipients’ identities.
“Bob and I do not want to know who gets the certificates,” Dixon said. “We just know the schools will get them to the people who need them.”
Dixon has had back problems. She is not able to carry merchandise or set up displays as she once did, but she has good volunteers to help.
“Without Betty Deck and Jutta Hutson we would be in trouble,” Dixon said. “Also, two young men who are missionaries for the Church of Latter Day Saints have been great to carry box after box of merchandise from the upstairs above to the shop.”
The Christmas Shop is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The last day for the shop will be Dec. 13.