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Secondhand store to open Dec. 1

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OGDENSBURG - Owners of a secondhand store are hoping to provide a leg up for people in a tough economy.

Another Step, 103 Ford St., Ogdensburg, will hold its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1.

The store will offer dishes, blankets, sheets, pillows, gently-used furniture, and other household items.

The store is owned by Step-by-Step, an organization that provides meals, advocacy, self-help services and transporation for people with mental diagnoses ages 18 or older. The non-profit organization serves 40 to 50 people in the Ogdensburg-area each day.

“We realized there was a need for secondhand store, when we discovered some people are having trouble getting on their feet,” said Skye M. Sharp, office assistant at Step-by-Step. “The way the economy is, people can’t afford $5 or $6,000 to furnish their home.”

The store will also provide vocational training experience for Step-by-Step members.

“There is a stigma surrounding people with mental health diagnoses,” said Ms. Sharp. “This is another good way we can get the community involved with our organization through something that is needed in our area.”

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The store is “packed full” right now, but the organizations will still accept donations for pick-up or drop off, Ms. Sharp said.

The group will also be holding a craft fair in the Step-by-Step offices during the grand opening. Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.

“We’re still looking for vendors,” said Ms. Sharp.

For more information, contact Ms. Sharp at 394-0597.

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