Thrift store showcases stylish ‘wear’

A fall style show planned for Sunday is to spotlight the largest thrift store in West Central Ohio — Mercy Unlimited — located right here in Wapakoneta.
Doors open to the public at 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Mercy Unlimited, located at 38 E. Auglaize St. The style show is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m.
The event is to feature a master of ceremonies and 50 models wearing fashions, which can be found at the thrift store. All shapes, sizes and ages are expected to strut their stuff down the runway, which is to extend the length of the store.
Models include local business people, the executive director of the Auglaize County United Way and his family, Wapakoneta High School cheerleaders, and Jenny from Cross Training on Channel 44. Models all received vouchers to select items from the store that they wanted to model.
Everyone is welcome and admission is free. Refreshments are to be served and a huge sale is expected at the store afterward.
“Mercy Unlimited has clothing and accessories for the whole family,” said Theresa Presutti, who is in charge of client services at the thrift store. “Whether you need an entire outfit or an accent piece — a tie, designer purse, a pair of boots or shoes — we have the items you need. We also have costume and fine jewelry, vintage collectibles and antiques.
She said the style show is to make people aware of the quality of items that can be purchased for less at the thrift store and the ministry able to be provided to residents of Eastern Auglaize County through funds raised by those purchases.
“We really believe in the mission and the ministry of Mercy Unlimited and we believe it does not take a fortune to look like a million,” Presutti said.
Clothing and other items sold at the store are received through donations, with many of the items still having the original store tags on them.
The store is organized in a manner that makes it easy to shop and features a business section for office attire.
“Our community knows that we feed and clothe families, so they feel good about donating items to us,” Presutti said.
Mercy Unlimited staff also write vouchers for families in need of housewares or furniture and a large number of back-to-school clothing vouchers were distributed this year. The ministry also assists area residents financially, with prescriptions, utilities and housing, whatever financial needs may be, Mercy tries to meet them.
“We have seen an increase in families needing help and families shopping at the store since the economy slowed down,” Presutti said.