Country Closet: About us
The Country Closet Thrift Shop began operations in Plain City on April 1, 1997, with a handful of volunteers across from its current location. Today, nearly 90 volunteers give of their time, talent and services on a regular basis to make Country Closet successful; the shop manager is the only compensated staff member.
In 2001, the thrift shop moved to 299 Jefferson Avenue, Plain City. Space was increased and sales doubled during the next 10 years. On September 4, 2011, a lightning bolt set the building ablaze destroying the facility, contents and equipment. The Board of Directors made a decision to purchase the former Open Buggy Furniture Store.
Today, Country Closet is housed in a 10,020 square foot facility, which opened on October 5, 2011. Thanks to the generous contributions and outpouring of community support, the shop opened exactly one month and one day after the devastating fire at its previous location.
Country Closet is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization that supports Mennonite Central Committee’s (MCC) network of 118 thrift stores in the United States and Canada. Thrift shops have made a big difference to a lot of people locally and around the world by donating $167 million to MCC since the first store opened in Canada.
Country Closet Thrift Shop is located at 9800 US Hwy 42, Plain City, Ohio 43064 (just 1 mile south of Der Dutchman; next to the the Cheese House). Entrance to the facility is also available from Converse Huff (just 1 mile east of Yutzy's Farm Market).
To contact us, call 614-873-2023 or stop by.
Dave Troyer, chairman
Christopher Mulier, vice chairman
Carolyn Kopec, treasurer
Cornelia Hostetler, secretary
Eli Gingerich, Candy Greist, Junior Miller, Ruth Miller, Al Troyer, Bertha Yoder
Sharyn Yoder, manager
COUNTRY CLOSET THRIFT SHOP Objectives
1) Support the MCC mission by donating earnings from sales.
2) Support local relief and mission projects that are consistent with MCC operations and purpose not to exceed 10 percent of funds donated to MCC.
3) Provide low cost items for anyone and particularly those with high need.
4) Provide a market for useable items that might otherwise be discarded.
5) Provide a market for unique and out of print resources.
6) Donate surplus goods to other nonprofit philanthropic agencies; with a particular preference to (CAM) Christian Aid Ministries, Berlin, Ohio.
7) Sell surplus goods to the a vendor for export to countries in need.
8) Promote and exercise reuse and and recycling of goods and material.
9) Provide emergency goods to area families who experience catastrophic events such as a house fire.
10) Provide a safe and enjoyable environment for store customers and volunteers.
MCC Thrift Shop Mission Statement
As a network of not-for-profit thrift shops, we support the local and global relief, development and peace projects of (MCC) Mennonite Central Committee.
MCC Thrift Shop Principles of Operation
We commit ourselves to Christian faith in action by:
OFFERING a friendly presence in the community
VOLUNTEERING our time and talents
RECEIVING and reselling donated items
INFORMING the churches and community of the MCC Mission
SUPPORTING the mission of MCC by generating income