Scholarship deadline is April 15

Proceeds from sales at the Community Thrift Shop help fund scholarships provided by The LakeView Foundation.

Fifty $2000 scholarships will be awarded in May of this year to students accepted as nursing or healthcare students at a college or university.

The scholarship applications are due by April 15, 2014 and may be accessed online at  The website identifies the criteria for applicants, explains the requirements to apply for a scholarship, and provides the application forms.

The donors to the Lakeview Foundation are pleased to be able to assist local students in achieving their goals to enter the healthcare field.  in 2013, the Foundation was able to assist 47 students from Eastern Van Buren County with their college expenses.  Each scholarship awarded is renewable for an additional three years providing the applicant meets the scholarship criteria and applies for a renewal scholarship.

If you know anyone from Eastern Van Buren County that has plans to go into the medical field, please urge them to submit their application prior to April 15, 2014.


In today’s hectic world, we don’t always say “thank you” enough. But it’s important for us to acknowledge that our community mission would be much harder to achieve without the assistance of our many volunteers.

Volunteering is a choice — a noble choice — that these exceptional men and women have made on behalf of our organization. And so at this time of year, we’re proud to recognize our volunteers’ role in all that we accomplish at our shop.

We thank our volunteers for their service and selfless dedication to the thrift shop and to Lakeview Foundation’s mission to provide scholarships to local medical students.

Over the past year the following people have generously given the gift of their time. If you know someone on the list, we encourage you to thank them for their significant contribution to our community.

Connie Ashcraft, Tony Bentley, Paula Boodt, Marge Bouse, Sally Brinkman, Edrie Britten, Judy Butler, Penny Chaloupka, Beverly Chamberlain, Kerry Cochran, Dorothy Dietz, Ginny Drogula, Brenda Elmore, Carole Erickson, Al Fader, Leanne Fader, Pat Garod, Pam Gehl, Jacquie Groenland, Bill Harris, Kathy Hobbs, Morene Huggett, John Johnson, Lisa Johnson, Paul Knudstrup, Sue Knudstrup, Mary Kohn, Marlene Lake, Mike Lake, Karen Lambert, Eunice Luke, Bev Mroczek, Jill Muir, Sue Mullard, Curt Newhouse, Deb Newhouse, Peggy Niemann, Cathy Paluch, Mary Peoples, Phyllis Peterson, Diane Pietrowski, Chris Pomeroy, Marcia Potter, Wayne Potter, Sally Quan, Rudy Reyna, Mary Roseboom, Joanne Rossman, Barb Sampsell, Gary Sampsell, Sally Schiele, Rich Schiele, Cheryl Shaw, Keith Shaw, Carol Sjoquist, Darlene Spalo, Audrey Spencer, Shirley Stewart, Connie Talsma, Carol Tedrow, Nancy Terry, Marcia Williams, Darlene Wilson, Barb Wright, Mary Lou Wright, Garry Yack

We would also like to thank Julie Gromek and Lakeview Foundation board members Eric Larcenese and Pam Gehl for their vital support.

As we observe National Volunteer Week (April 6- 12), The Community Thrift Shop would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers for all they do to serve our community.

Sue Harris, Mary Bentley, Community Thrift Shop managers

It’s great to be un-ordinary!

Community Thrift Shop is no ordinary re-sale store…It is the BEST re-sale store!  And our donations ROCK!

We’re lifting up our community because at our shop, you can donate new and used items to receive a tax deduction, or you can purchase low-cost clothing, household goods and furniture at prices that are 25% – 75% below retail.

We are a project of Lakeview Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

To Donate

Donations from the community and local businesses are the lifeblood of the Community Thrift Shop. We accept clothing, furniture and home goods, and other interesting odds and ends that we think our customers might want. We resell these goods to help sustain our healthy environment, offer low cost merchandise to the general community,  and provide scholarships to local medical students.

 Store Drop Off

Donations may be dropped off at our shop Tuesday through Saturday from 10am – 5:00 pm, Please do not leave any materials for donation when the Community Thrift Shop is closed.

Free Home Pick-Up Service

We schedule free home pickups in our local area.  A small monetary donation may be suggested for pickups that are a bit of a distance from our shop.  It’s easy to schedule – just give us a call and our coordinator will get back with you very quickly!

Need help or have questions?

If you need additional information, or you’re worried that we may not accept something you’d like to donate, you can email a photo of it to or or call the Community Thrift Shop (269-657-4186)

What Will We Accept?

We will accept any gently used clothing, household, or funiture item that is in good, clean re-sellable shape.  Note that we may be more flexible about damage or cleanliness if it is a beautiful antique or very valuable item. This list is subject to change at any time.

Thanks in advance for donating to us!

Remember, it’s always best to call if you have any questions (269-657-4186). We reserve the right to accept or reject things on a case-by-case basis, depending on condition.

Thank you for taking the time to donate & reuse!


We love it when our customers and staff bring in their ideas and magazine clippings! Here are some great ones!

Weave silk into pillows!   We have a great selection of men’s ties in our shop.  You could also weave a cover for a chair cushion or sew the ties together side by side for a colorful valance or curtain…..

Weaving Silk into Pillows

Secret Storage!  Transform an entertainment center into a comfortable workspace.  This space could be used for an office, sewing or craft center.


Handy and Helpful Uses for Pipe Insulation….some very good ideas!


If you have any inspiring clippings or photos, please bring them into our shop send them to  We would love to share them!

Buy More – Get More!

This week only!

Buy More – Get More!  All clothing!

Purchase 3 items – 30% discount, Purchase 4 items – 40% discount, Purchase 5 or more items – 50% off!

Women’s…..Men’s…..Infants…..Outerwear and Winter Accessories!

Whether you want to freshen up your career look or shop for  family fashions, we are offering this fantastic sale to fit your needs!

Does not include shoes, scarves, or other accessories that are not for winter wear.  Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.