Our mission is to provide necessities free of charge for those that truly cannot afford them or have been met with disaster. We will loan out all donated home health care items such as wheelchairs, walkers and crutches. We will support local charitable causes, local youth sports and other worthy causes that are brought to our attention.
My name is Gary Grimes, and I am the founder and owner of Crossroads Thrift Store. I grew up in Molino, worked at Molino Supermarket at “the crossroads” in the late 70’s and went in the U.S. Air Force soon after graduating Tate High School. I have spent most of my life in the construction trades. I moved to the Bradenton/Sarasota area where I married my wife Jessica, also a Molino native. She has been my best friend and wife for almost 20 years.
We moved back to Molino in 2010 and in June 2018 I became founder and director of Crossroads Thrift Store and put the store in our churches’ name. I resigned as store director in December 2021 after the church’s’ leadership decided that they would change the business model drastically. The store was then called AFAAH Thrift Store. I was recently informed that their lease would be ending September 30, 2022 and was given the opportunity to lease the space. I knew there would be risks organizing the store as an LLC in lieu of a non-profit but I believe there are enough people in this community that know my wife and I well enough to know where our hearts are. I also have gotten to know many customers during my service as director of Crossroads Thrift Store that I believe can attest to my heart. Needless to say, I am not a fan of “too many cooks in the kitchen” from my previous experience and this alone drove my decision to organize as a “for profit LLC” instead of an organization that requires other people to be involved.
A special thanks to all the people that have tried to volunteer at our new store but since we are organized as an LLC, we cannot accept volunteer help and all of our employees are on the payroll. We are extremely happy to be bring back most of the people that were with me at Crossroads Thrift Store until I resigned. Ashley, Terra, Debra, and Leslie are all coming back. Nate and Darrell are dear to us, but they have decided to move on to greener pastures and we wish them the best. Our vision for the store is first and foremost to have the lowest possible price on all items and to meet the charitable needs of the community while providing a sustainable, safe, relaxing, and fun environment for our customers and employees.
We do ask for donated items to be able to keep prices down. I dare say that if we had to purchase these same items at wholesale that the price would be at least double what we will sell them for. Also, most people don’t realize that it is quite expensive to operate a store this size. Between electricity, water, garbage dumpster, lease, miscellaneous expenses, and payroll we have to markup everything, including donated items, in order to pay these bills and keep the store comfortable.
We do not charge anything for medical equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, bed rails, etc.). Our only request is that, if the day comes you no longer need these items, you return them so that another person can benefit.
If you could use a little help with groceries, please stop by our Community Food Pantry. On the same note, if you are blessed with extra food items, we welcome you to share through this pantry. All items are free to those who need them.
We look forward to meeting each and every one of you and we hope to make many more friends in the coming years. We think you will find that you will fall a little more in love with Crossroads Thrift Store every time you come in.
Liberty Fernandez started with us in October
2022. If you shop with us on Saturdays,
her specialty is hanging clothes and stocking shelves. When Liberty isn’t ensuring the store is in tip-top shape for our customers, you can find her watching anime, crushing it on Genshin with Diluc, or spending time with her family.
Tracey started in early 2023 as one of our friendly team assistants. When you stop by our store, you’re sure to find her helping to keep things stocked and tidy or you may find her offering her assistance to make your shopping experience the best it can be. This habit of attention to care stems from her free time where Tracey is a mother to her son, DJ, and their menagerie of pets including two dogs, some rabbits, and even a few turtles.
Terra Darling has been with our team since October 2022. As Team Lead and Shift Manager, Terra describes herself as a “worker bee”! Throughout the day, she keeps herself very busy but still makes time to be a shoulder for her team to lean on. When she’s not being a valuable asset to our team and customers, Terra is hand quilting or beading with The Crafty Ladies of Molino or taking her grandsons to Boy Scouts.
Ashley Seward is our Senior Manager and started with our company in October 2022. Her favorite part of the job is working with her team and our customers as if they are a second family. You will often find Ashley with a power tool in her hand as she loves to build and tinker! However, the rest of the time, you’ll find her with her family, trying to soak up all the quality time she can. When asked what her favorite part of working at Crossroads is, Ashley says, “We love our community and look forward to each day we get to give back and bless them through our special thrift store.”
Debra may only work with us once a week, but she strives to stay busy and always has a smile to spare. Her favorite part of the job is working with her team who appreciate the extra effort they can bring to their work. Outside of the store, you'll likely find her in a kitchen as her favorite pastimes' include cake baking and cooking low carb. She even makes her own dog food for her large puppy dog.
Unfortunately, we do not.
Mens clothing, Medical Equipment (wheel chairs, walkers, potty chairs and bath chairs) items for food pantry.
Bring what you can, take what you need.
Freshwater bait and tackle.
We take all non-fabric furniture less than 150LBs. No TVs/monitors older than 10 years. No used mattresses or box springs.
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