Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

West Side Resident Opens S & S New 2 U Thrift Store

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

West Side Resident Opens S & S New 2 U Thrift Store

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The fancy chandelier is not for sale, but everything else is at the recently opened S&S New 2 U thrift store in Dunbar. And there's plenty of "everything else for bargain hunters and treasure hunters to choose from in the thrift shop that, unless you're looking for it, you might miss. It sits back from the highway at 2059 Roxalana Road, in a curve, near the Roxalana Hills Apartment complex.

Owner Sandy Shaffer of Charleston's West Side opened S&S New 2 U about four months ago. Previously, she operated a thrift store in the Sissonville area, but needed to move into a larger space. And that's not surprising, given the sheer number of items she has acquired over the years.

At S&S New 2 U, shoppers can find everything from old military items to carnival glass to clothing for men, women and children. There are toys, artwork, lamps, furniture pieces, collectibles, new pocket knives and vintage cigarette lighters, to name just a few.

Shaffer became interested in the world of flea markets and thrift stores when she needed to get rid of some of her late husband's things. She would set up at various flea market venues around the area and out of state to sell her items.

"I started flea marketing in 2008; my husband died, and I started cleaning out his garages and selling stuff to pay the bills. That's how I started, Shaffer said.

For more than a year, she operated a thrift store on W.Va. 21 in Sissonville.

"I called it a junk store, because I had odds and ends of everything. I got the idea to expand, because I was running out of space. I started looking and found this building, she said.

S&S New 2 U looks small from the outside, but once you enter, you discover a large space that meanders through several rooms. Nooks and crannies, shelves and floor space are filled with an eclectic mix of items.

Currently, Shaffer isn't buying items from individuals to sell in her shop, but she will accept donations from people who are cleaning out their homes and want to get rid of things. …

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