Thrift store shoppers rejoice—The Gold Mine will reopen tomorrow, April 25, after having been closed for a week and a half for renovations, and spring and summer apparel will be out.
Managing Director Craig Barry said it was a challenge getting the word out to the public about the closure, but has used a variety of mediums to let loyal patrons know the Ketchum thrift store was closing for a much-needed spruce-up.
“Thanks for everyone’s patience—thanks for all the community support,” Barry said.
The remodel includes a wider walkway entrance, paved and ADA accessible, and new carpet throughout the store, which is the same carpet installed at The Community Library. Barry said it was important that the renovations reflect the relationship between the library and its thrift store, a relationship that has flourished in the 60-plus years that The Gold Mine has been open.
In 1955, when 17 women from Ketchum and Sun Valley founded the Community Library Association, they also created The Gold Mine thrift store to fund the growth and operations of the library. Today, The Gold Mine sits in the building where the original library was before it moved to its current location in 1977.
The Gold Mine supports a significant portion of the library’s operational budget, providing more than $750,000 of the library’s $1,699,072 operating income, according to the library’s 2017-18 fiscal year report. In that time, 217,309 people shopped at The Gold Mine, according to the library’s website.
Speaking with the Idaho Mountain Express last week, Barry said this is Phase 1 of a two-phase renovation project for the thrift store. This phase includes the new carpet installation, the walkway widening and paving and more paneled walls to create more space for displays. Phase 2 will include a new ADA-accessible restroom, fencing around the alley drop-off donation area and a larger space for the book display room. Barry said Phase 2 will likely begin in six to 12 months.