LEBANON — Et Cetera Shop – Quality Thrift & Fair Trade is holding a 40th anniversary celebration on Friday and Saturday that includes special sales, refreshments, a raffle and more.
The shop was created in 1977 as part of a Mennonite Central Committee push to start thrift and fair trade stores in the United States and Canada to help people in need.
But Sheri Miller, Et Cetera’s fair trade manager, said the nonprofit has thrived because it became embraced by a wide range of mid-Willamette Valley residents.
“Now it’s more supported by the entire community,” she added.
Most of the 25 volunteers are from the Lebanon area, but they also come from Albany, Salem and Eugene.
The store has seven part-time workers.
While Et Cetera benefits the Lebanon area, it also has provided $102,000 to the Mennonite Central Committee in the last decade. The committee is a nonprofit that works on relief, development and peace projects throughout the world.
The thrift store portion of Et Cetera is designed to help Lebanon residents by providing them an affordable source of clothing and other items. Lynn Brubaker, thrift store manager, said that Et Cetera has a reputation for providing neat and clean second-hand goods.
“It doesn’t seem like a thrift store,” Brubaker added.
Items that don’t sell are passed along to homeless shelters or given to organizations like Love Inc. and Habitat for Humanity, she said.
The Fair Trade section includes chocolate, coffee, artwork, clothing, jewelry, musical instruments and more, and those are made by people in the developing nations.
Both sections of the store help the other survive, she added.
Et Cetera is looking for additional volunteers, including a resident with a pickup who could pick up donations, someone who could wash or mend donated clothing, and a computer expert who could handle online sales of valuable items.
The store will occasionally get donations of things such as rare books and art that can fetch higher profits online.
Through Thursday, Et Cetera will give out a raffle ticket with each purchase. Customers don’t need to be present at the party to win.
Et Cetera Shop – Quality Thrift & Fair Trade, 836 S. Main St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 541-258-5614 or go to the nonprofit’s Facebook page.