Great Stuff Expands With New Furniture Annex

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The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, is celebrating its award winning resale shop GreatStuff Savvy Resale’s third year anniversary with the opening of GreatStuff Home!

GreatStuff Home, a furniture store like no other, will open its doors to the public on October 25th. At GreatStuff Home shoppers can expect to find furniture and home accent pieces like lamps and framed art for a fraction of its original cost. The inventory will continually change, enticing shoppers to return again and again. Those who have been touched by breast cancer may also find comfort and resources at the shop that will be staffed, in part, by breast cancer survivors.

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Great Stuff wins "Best of Delaware" and Looks to Fall Fashions

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is very pleased to announce that its resale shop, Great Stuff Savvy Resale, was named “Best Resale Shop” by Delaware Today Magazine in their annual “Best of Delaware” issue.  The resale shop opened in October of 2010 and is located in North Wilmington in the Talleyville Center on Concord Pike.
“We are so thrilled to receive this honor,” said general manager Dale Maahs.  “We’ve only been in business for just shy of two years and the support that we have received is phenomenal.”  Maahs is joined by her assistant manager Trish Tompkins and over 50 volunteers who work in the shop.  “The volunteers at Great Stuff are the best.  They are such an important piece of the success of the shop.  They provide excellent customer service and help with tasks like window displays, tagging items, merchandising, and more. They are such a strong team.”  Many Great Stuff volunteers are breast cancer survivors themselves and often lend a compassionate ear to those somehow impacted by breast cancer.
Some Great Stuff volunteers at Best of Delaware Party
A few members of the Great Stuff team attended the Best of Delaware Party on July 26 at Dover Downs where they joined some of the best businesses in Delaware.  This event provided Great Stuff with an opportunity to introduce new people to the resale shop and let them know how they can help.  “We are always looking for donations of gently used upscale clothing, handbags and accessories, footwear, home accents and furniture,” said Maahs.  Click here for a donation flyer with more information on how to donate to Great Stuff.
By donating items or shopping at Great Stuff, you can make an impact on the local fight against breast cancer.  “All of our net proceeds benefit DBCC’s local programs and services.  Everything stays right here in the community.”  Last year, Great Stuff presented DBCC with a check for $40,000 in its first year of business.
Some ladies enjoying a Sip & Shop Event at Great Stuff
The resale shop has also started a fun private shopping experience, Sip & Shops.  Great Stuff hosts these events either after regular shop hours or during the lunch hour.  A host will invite her friends to attend a fun private shopping event. Great Stuff provides some light fare and refreshments and volunteers who can help attendees put together great outfits.  Recently, Great Stuff held Sip & Shop events with the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, the Mamie Warren Senior Center and Chase Manhattan Bank.  The staff at Great Stuff will help you to plan your private, exclusive shopping event.  If you are interested in hosting a Sip & Shop, click here for more information.
Great Stuff is now transitioning from summer to fall clothing and the shop is now accepting fall donations.  For more information about Great Stuff, please visit www.greatstuffresale.com.  

Great Stuff: Celebrating One-Year in Business!

Some of the Great Stuff volunteers

A year and a half ago, an old lighting shop sat vacant in the Talleyville Center on Route 202.  Today, an upscale resale boutique, Great Stuff, is decorated with pink stripes and attracts customers who like to “shop for a cause.”  On October 20, 2011, Great Stuff celebrated its one-year anniversary!  The shop, which carries women’s clothing, accessories, and home furnishings, had a very successful first year in business.

Great Stuff store manager, Dale Maahs, says that the shop has exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Dale explains that there were some concerns with the shop, especially with recruiting enough volunteers and donations to keep the shop going strong.  “That has not been a problem,” Dale explains.  “The donations have been rolling in every day and we have a great core of over 30 wonderful volunteers.” 

Dale with a happy customer

Unlike your average consignment shop, Great Stuff thrives solely on donated items and is staffed by Maahs, an assistant manager, and trained volunteers.  “The volunteers are fabulous.  Many were customers first and saw how much fun the volunteers were having and wanted to join them.  Others have a connection to breast cancer and want to give back.”  Dale explains that many survivors on her volunteer staff are able to share their stories with each other and build camaraderie.  A group of volunteers from Great Stuff recently got together and created a team for the Inaugural Race for the Pink Ribbon 5K which benefited DBCC.

Great Stuff volunteers at the Race for the Pink Ribbon

The volunteers help with taking in donations and pricing them, working on the sales floor and helping in the backroom.  “The quality of donations that we get is amazing.  So many are in pristine condition, some with the tags still on, and we get a wide range of brands and designers,” Dale said. “We are so thankful for the support of the community with donations and volunteers.  We even have support from other local retailers for in-kind services and some donated items.”

The shop has been a great fundraising arm for DBCC, but has also provided a great source of outreach to the community.  “The visibility that the shop has given DBCC in the community has been wonderful,” DBCC Executive Director Vicky Cooke said.  “It is a place where survivors can volunteer and talk with other survivors and those newly diagnosed in the community.”  Maahs agrees, “We have such a great family here.  Customers always say ‘Wow!’ when they learn that the proceeds from the shop benefit DBCC.  People come in and thank us all the time and tell us that we are so needed in the community. Customers want to help and be a part of it. They become regular shoppers and donors, and refer their friends to the shop.”

Visit Great Stuff’s website or check out their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Read this article in the Dover Post about the Great Stuff and their anniversary.