STORY OF FABULOUS FINDS



THE STORY OF FABULOUS FINDS
THIS TRIBUTE TO BETTY DAPPEN, WHO DIED
IN NOVEMBER OF 2011, IS
 NOW BEING DISPLAYED IN FABULOUS FINDS.
THANKS, BETTY!!
            In 1995 Betty Dappen got the idea for a church run thrift shop from a woman she’d met at a meeting. She came back saying, “We can do this.” She talked to some other women in the church and they all became very excited about the possibility of selling quality clothes at a low price and help the church at the same time.  They visited with the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church and he in turn said, “Why don’t you try it for a year and see what happen!!” Half-dozen charter board members dug into their pockets and whipped the building into shape. 
            The white house on the corner of 49th and St. Paul, which was the original parsonage, was available. In November of 1996, after months of remodeling, cleaning, planning and organizing, a group of excited people from First United Methodist Church opened for business. 
            Ten years later, Fabulous Finds was able to give to First Church $58,000 in apportionments and was able to take over the expenses from the church including paying the utilities and any repair work, additional remodeling and improvements, new roof, new carpet and smaller expenses.  Fifteen years later in November of 2011, Fabulous Finds was able to reach the $100,000 donation plateau and have over $185,000 in sales.
            The basis for our success over the years has been our high quality merchandise, our low prices and our friendly volunteers.  It also has become a wonderful source of help for those in need in the church, the community and the city.  Fabulous Finds helps First United Methodist Church pay their mission shares required by the United Methodist Church by donating part of our profits to the church.  These mission shares are to help those in need in our nation and the world.
            Projects over the years have included the following.   It came to the rescue when a neighborhood family lost their home to fire. The principal from Huntington school called one day and said, “the kids want to go to school, but the fire left them with no shoes to wear.”  Fabulous Finds was happy to get the shoeless children back on their feet.  Fabulous Finds is always ready to help when we are needed.
            There are occasions when the shop has storewide giveaways.  At the end of each season, the shop has a 50-percent-off sale, followed by a $5.00 per sack promotion.  After this promotion, a giveaway is then held to make way for the arrival of new inventory.   We also are regular contributors to the City Mission and Capital City Christian Church.
            Fabulous Finds also has occasion to take our show on the road. We have been regulars at The Lexington Assisted Living facility and Eastmont Towers.  Board members load their cars with clothing, shoes, purses and jewelry and head out.  The residents in these facilities are so happy to see us and love to “shop” at our makeshift stores.
FABULOUS FINDS BOARD, MARCH, 2012 

PHOTO COURTESY OF DENNIS BUCKLEY/
NEIGHBORHOOD EXTRA/LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR
            “People are really committed to the shop,” said Connie Geist, one of the three current board members who helped open the shop fifteen years ago.  “Donors get the pleasure of knowing they are supporting a good cause, and shoppers are able to buy quality gently-used clothing at drastically reduced prices.  With quality clothing flying off the racks at a fraction of the price of new, and shoppers feeling good about discovering treasures, it’s an up-tempo attitude that pervades the 102-year-old building at 2702 N. 49th St.

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