The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital has a big party planned on Monday when its Twice is Nice thrift store marks a quarter century of service.
The recently renovated store at 305 E. Market St. in Leesburg, and before that at its initial location on West Market Street, has been dispensing bargains and helpful shopping tips for 25 years—raising $1.5 million for the Ladies Board General Fund and for nursing scholarships.
Monday’s 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. event will feature door prizes and refreshments. Special sales and discounts will be offered all week long.
Anniversary co-chairs Susan Courtney and Barb McNeil are looking forward to the big day. Courtney joined the board four years ago after retiring as a teacher. She hopes to bring more visibility to the shop.
“I hope to bring more county awareness to the service offered here by getting people to donate gently used items, which are then sold at reasonable prices for those on limited budgets,” she said. “We’re helping everybody else.”
McNeil says she’s pleased to celebrate the remarkable group of mostly retired women who managed the store over the years, and their service to the community.
“We get so many compliments,” she said. “It’s a nice feeling to be able to honor those who came up with the idea and to carry it forward and into the future.”
Thrift shop Manager Hazell Saffell, who took over management of the shop three years ago, loves her job. “I like the set up of the shop—it’s extremely clean,” she said, echoing McNeil’s comments about the volunteers. “We’ve had three new volunteers come in over the past one and a half months, who said they came because we’re always so friendly and nice,” she said.
The store got its start when the Ladies Board had to find something to do with left-over items from its annual rummage sale. Finally, a committee was formed in 1989 with the goal of researching the idea of a thrift shop.
All that research, including costs, locations, displays, volunteers and hours of opening, coalesced in the first Twice is Nice thrift at 14 W. Market St. across from the Tally Ho Theatre. The store opened Oct. 10, 1990.
The name, Twice is Nice, came from nurse Bonnie Austin, winner of the naming contest held by the hospital.
When the shop outgrew its space—and the initial expectations—it moved to its current space at 305 E. Market St. in the Tollhouse Shopping Center. The 2,400 square-foot space quickly filled and sales jumped exponentially.