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Transforming Families…and Furniture!

HutchGB Although your patronage to Graceful Buys funds a large portion of our budget, another perk to shopping at one of our resale locations is the thrill of the hunt! We’re not only okay with that—we take pride in our unique home décor and furniture that can be purchased for a fraction of what you would pay retail. There’s something for every savvy shopper, and nothing is more invigorating than a DIY project. With GRACEful Buys’ new weekly shipments, now is the perfect time to turn a bargain find into a high-end piece of furniture! There are endless options and finishes to choose from, and small cosmetic choices like designer nobs or beveled adhesive mirrors can transform a chest of drawers from retro to glam. A new coat of paint and some wooden embellishments can make a Colonial style hutch look French country, and some polyurethane and stain can completely upgrade a dull looking coffee table.

What makes a DIY furniture project so empowering is its ability restore a piece that may have endured troubling times. In some small way, GRACE sets out to do the same thing: to provide the tools necessary to strengthen and renew, and make beautiful again.

Whatever your style is, a Saturday morning and a can of spray paint can completely transform a GRACEful Buys piece! If you haven’t been lately, come by GRACEful Buys and see what we have to offer. Have a transformed piece you purchased from GRACEful Buys? Send it to us, and it may be featured in an upcoming publication! Email your before and after to hortner@gracegrapevine.org.

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Meet David Mowers

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GRACE is proud to welcome David Mowers as the new Director of Resale Operations. David takes over for Debbie Haley who retired after 21 years of service to GRACE.

David brings more than a decade of experience in charitable resale, but for the past year he has been molding young minds at the Grand Island (NE) Christian School.

As the principal and chief development officer, David not only directed all school operations including budget/property management and staffing, he also managed all the school’s fundraising events and direct solicitation campaigns.

David’s extensive experience with resale came as a captain in The Salvation Army.

David attended The Salvation Army College for Officer Training from 2002-2004, and graduated with honors and a commission as a captain in Spring 2004. He served as a ministry intern in the Philippines for two months before returning to his first assignment as Agency Director of the Mitchell, South Dakota operations.

In Mitchell, David managed all operations of The Salvation Army including the youth after school program, hot meal program, food pantry, rent/utility assistance, youth character building programs, church program, disaster services, fundraising/development and, of course, the thrift store.

His second assignment was to The Salvation Army in Aberdeen, South Dakota. There he exceeded the Christmas Giving campaign (Red Kettle) goals by 46% and increased the thrift store revenues to $500,000 per year.

In June 2008, David took his final assignment for the Salvation Army in Grand Island, NE. In five years there, he nearly doubled the Christmas Giving campaign from $120,000 per year to $230,000, and led a project to remodel The Salvation Army facility, bringing in $1.9 million in capital improvement funding.

At GRACE, David oversees a robust resale program that grossed nearly $1.47 million in 2013. Net revenues from resale cover nearly one-quarter of the budget for GRACE programs and services. His purview includes both resale stores, GRACEfulBuys and Style& GRACE, and the collection facility, Donation Station.

David can be reached at 817-305-4470, or email dmowers@gracegrapevine.org.

By: Mark Woolverton

College Finds at GRACEful Buys

College Move-In Day is coming right up! Before you know it, the apple of your eye will be heading to, in no particular order, College Station, Austin, Lubbock and elsewhere.

Not to be disheartening, but for the next nine months or so, most of your kids’ homes will be four cinderblock walls, a bunk bed, two desks, two chairs and a roommate.

GRACEful Buys has some nice—and inexpensive—options to make dorm rooms a bit more homey and better organized.

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Size and storage is a constant issue in most dorm rooms. We have tons of cabinets and drawer units that will fit perfectly in small corners, desk-side and under beds. Our selection of bookshelves ranges from floor models to sets of shelves that can fit on top of desks or used as headboards/footboards for beds.

Artwork for nearly every taste lines our store and can add a touch of home to bare dorm room walls. And if the subject matter of the artwork isn’t exactly inspiring to your student, at least the nice frames can be repurposed with pictures of mom and dad.

We have rugs, curtains, lamps, throw pillows, kitsch, and an array of bowls, boxes and tchotchke galore that can be catch-alls for keys, coins, calculators and cell phones.

Speaking of electronics, our back room is filled with TVs, radios and stereo components—all checked out and working perfectly.

So before your scholar heads off to college, head over to GRACEful Buys, 418 East Northwest Highway in Grapevine. We’re open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

Assistance Needed at Resale Operations

Volunteers are an essential part of the success of GRACE programs and activities. Last year, nearly 50,000 volunteer hours were served by individual volunteers and groups. Although there are a variety of volunteer opportunities at GRACE, the current need for volunteers is the greatest at Donation Station, GRACEful Buys and Style & GRACE.

GRACE operates a successful resale program that funds a large portion of the annual budget. We receive so many donations from our community that the supply is often greater than the client demand. However, our manpower for accepting and sorting through donations is often insufficient. Donations are received and sorted at Donation Station, and then distributed to GRACE programs. Items not needed for specific programs are taken to GRACEful Buys, our upscale resale store, or Style & GRACE, our boutique for women’s designer fashions.

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Currently, Donation Station needs volunteers to unload cars and trucks, move donations into the Station, and size, sort, organize and tag items. Regular volunteers are needed in the clothing department throughout the week, Monday through Saturday. A volunteer is needed in the accessories department on Tuesdays, and in the linen department on Tuesdays and Fridays. Strong, capable individuals who do not mind heavy lifting are needed on Saturdays and Mondays, the site’s busiest days, to unload and reload donations, as well as take items to the warehouse for storage.

GRACEful Buys needs assistance during designated sales and on Fridays and Saturdays in particular. Volunteers are needed for front-of-the-store operations, such as stocking racks and shelves, organizing clothing, bagging assistance behind the register and customer service.  Strong volunteers are needed for back-of-the-store operations, including heavy lifting and unloading.

Style and GRACE has a need for volunteers to steam, tag and hang clothes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Volunteers are needed on Fridays to prepare the store for weekend shoppers, and volunteers are needed on Saturdays to greet customers, assist customers with fitting rooms, return clothes to racks, bag clothing, and restock home décor. If a volunteer enjoys working at Style & Grace, the volunteer may be trained to operate the cash register after an initial three week trial period. Customer service-oriented individuals over the age of 15 are encouraged to volunteer at Style & GRACE.

If you or your group is interested in volunteering at GRACE, contact our Volunteer Manager, Lara Sundell at 817-305-4653 or lsundell@gracegrapevine.org.

GRACE Tops List of Resale Shops

Living Magazine’s annual “Living Best Of” issue in August will include GRACEful Buys and Style & GRACE as the Best Resale Shops as determined by Living Magazine readers.

The GRACE resale stores will represent the Best Resale Shops in the Reader’s Choice Showcase of the Northeast Tarrant County edition of Living Magazine, according to a notification received from Living Magazine Publisher and Chairman Clint Pittman. best-of-living-magazine

The “Living Best Of” categories include Food & Fun, Retail, Home & Garden, Professional Services, Beauty & Wellness, and Healthcare. For example, subcategories under “Food & Fun” include the best Pizza, Wings, Patio, Barbecue, Burger and Italian restaurants to the best Park, Bike Path, Golf Course, Dance Studio and Bowling Alley.

GRACE is proud to be considered among the best resale shops in the area. Please come and see for yourself.

GRACEful Buys offers racks of gently worn clothing, housewares, furniture, décor and much more. Go to www.GRACEfulBuys.com for specials and discount coupons. GRACEful Buys is open on weekdays from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sundays from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Style & GRACE has unbelievable bargains on women’s fashions, designer label clothing, accessories and jewelry. Go to www.Style-and-GRACE.com for more information on brands and labels. Style & GRACE is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monies raised through the shops fund nearly one-quarter of the annual budget for the programs and services GRACE provides to those in need in our communities. Not only will you find amazing, one-of-a-kind bargains, your purchases will also help change the lives of many who come to GRACE for help.

Christmas in July

It may be hot and sunny outside, but not inside the GRACE resale stores—it’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas.

It’s Christmas in July! Throughout the month of July, Christmas items will be on sale at GRACEful Buys and Style & GRACE. This is the perfect opportunity to stock up on seasonal décor, ornaments, holiday dishes, festive platters and more! christmas in july

Avoid the mad holiday rush of December and start your Christmas shopping early. In addition to the featured Christmas items, start marking names off of your holiday list by finding treasures throughout the great assortment of other goods at our resale stores. GRACEful Buys offers a wide variety of kitchen items, linens, clothing, home décor and furniture. Style & GRACE offers a large selection of designer fashions for women, including formal wear, shoes, purses, belts, scarves and jewelry. No matter who you are shopping for, you will certainly to find the perfect gift at one of the GRACE resale stores.

GRACEful Buys is located at 418 E Northwest Hwy. and is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.gracefulbuys.com or call 817-481-6254.

Style & GRACE is located at 2030 Glade Road, Suite 238 and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. For more information, visit www.style-and-grace.com or call 817-416-0917.

Teacher Appreciation Night

teacher appleGRACE is second-to-none in appreciation of those who dedicate their lives to teaching our children. Their days are long—sometimes never-ending—and their thoughts are always on their students and lesson plans and projects and testing and….

On two special nights, Style & GRACE will offer our best salute to our local teaching corps and to the many others who keep our schools running.

Teacher Appreciation Night is scheduled for 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, June 5, and again on Wednesday, June 11, for all faculty and staff of area schools.

Plenty of refreshing beverages, wines and hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and wonderful shopping opportunities await! All guests will receive 20% of purchases made during the evening.

Style & GRACE is located at 2030 Glade Road, Suite 238, in the Hobby Lobby Shopping Plaza. The proceeds of sales at Style & GRACE help those in need through GRACE programs.

For more information call Jana McGlone at Style & GRACE, 817.416.0917.

Exclusive Corner at Style & GRACE

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You can afford to look great and wear all the designer labels your heart so desires when you shop at Style & GRACE. Now, there’s an exclusive section in the back of Style & GRACE with exquisite designer items from Michael Kors, Lyndia, Marc Jacobs, and more!

Stop in Style & GRACE today and not only will you be able to draw a discount off your ENTIRE purchase at the register, you’ll also be able to peruse fashionable items at bargain prices. The entire store is full of high quality apparel and our “resale specialist” are happy to help put together an outfit for every occasion.

Style & GRACE has always carried the best of the best in resale couture, but now finding the designer labels you desire is easier than ever. Here’s just a few of the pieces available in the “Exclusive Corner” as of this morning:

Style & GRACE is open until 7PM tonight. Stop in after work and find a new item to wear out on the town this weekend!

Spring Fashions at Style & GRACE

Spring has sprung at Style & GRACE! New fashions are arriving daily in the form of blouses, lovely sundresses, and more. Update your spring wardrobe and contribute to the GRACE mission just by shopping.

Style & GRACE is a resale boutique that specializes in brand names and like-new appearance clothing, jewelry and accessories, termed ‘Restyle Couture’. Brands regularly available at Style & GRACE include: Nina, Gianni Bini, Nine West, Coach, Dooney & Burke and many more.

GRACE receives so many generous donations from our community that supply is greater than the client demand. Donations are received and sorted at Donation Station (112 N. Scriber in Grapevine) then distributed to GRACE programs; whatever is left over is sold at GRACEful Buys or Style & GRACE. Your purchases at GRACE resale shops successfully fund a large portion of the annual budget and help change lives.

Here’s a look at some of the items that have come through Style & GRACE’s doors lately:

Come check out all the great spring clothing available – our sales associates would be happy to put a few outfits together for you!

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