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Kiwanis Marketplace celebrates grand opening

Staff Report~ 11/19/2014

CAVE CREEK – The Kiwanis Marketplace is officially open for business. The grand opening party was held Nov. 10 at the store at 6535 E. Cave Creek Road.

The 17,000+ sq. ft. building houses thousands of thrift store treasures. The store is selling furniture, appliances, electronics, kitchen items, clothing, jewelry, home décor items, and more. Sales proceeds from this thrift store will support the charitable programs of Kiwanis of Carefree.

Kiwanis of Carefree president Bob Swan described the store’s fundraising as “trying to do more of what we’re already doing.”

One of the main projects of the Kiwanis Club is providing scholarships to students. The Club offers a variety of scholarship opportunities to students in the Cave Creek Unified School District area, including homeschooled students. Kiwanis of Carefree also funds numerous other community activities and groups.

The Kiwanis Club had been in need of a bigger venue for their flea market sales for years. The sales generated funds for the Club, and it was clear that a thrift store would do well in the community.

Toby Payne, a 14-year Kiwanis volunteer, said flea market sales “kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. People came in from Apache Junction and Tucson to shop.”

Thanks to donations, the Club was able to buy a building to turn into a thrift store. The store opened its doors in August.

“It’s doing very well,” Payne reported, noting that the goal of all sales is to “raise funds for the kids.”

Dave Bell, Chair of the Marketplace Committee, called the store space “just perfect for us.” The Club had been looking to purchase a different building, but when the Cave Creek storefront went on the market, it was evident that it was the right choice for the thrift store.

Bell referred to both the timing and the fact that the purchase price perfectly matched what the Kiwanis Club had raised as “divine intervention.”

“We got blessed,” Bell said. “It all fell into place.”

Donations of items to sell are warmly welcomed. The Club also helps clean out old houses that need to be put on the market and will haul away furniture and other items.

The Kiwanis Marketplace is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, call (480) 488-8400.