Full Circle Thrift celebrates 15 years of helping Culpeper

Full Circle Thrift is Culpeper helping Culpeper.

The thrift store located at 12308 Sperryville Pike celebrated its 15th anniversary Oct. 19.

Manager Cathy Gordon said the response was overwhelming from customers, who received 30 percent off in honor of the occasion.

“They were waiting to come in and we’ve had them lined up down the floor,” Gordon said.

Every customer was greeted with a smile and a welcome, like they are every day at Full Circle.

“It’s the great customer service we provide,” David Martin, marketing coordinator for the thrift store said. “We’re always so pleased when everyone comes over here and we’re so anxious to help them.”

Operated by a board of nine, the thrift store accepts donations and even will pick up large items for free. Operated by 12 employees – two full time and 10 part time – the store works with other thrift shops in town to help make sure all the needs are being met.

“We network with so many other organizations,” Gordon said. “If Goodwill can’t pick up or take something, they’ll send people to us.”

The proceeds are then used to give back to the community.

Full Circle donates to multiple community nonprofits including, Culpeper Senior Center, Culpeper Food Closet, Goodwill, the VFW, Museum of Culpeper History, Culpeper County Volunteer Fire Department, Culpeper Community Development, Head Start, Families First, Kid Central, SAFE, Culpeper Animal Shelter, just to name a few.

“All the folks in the community, they know that by supporting us they’re supporting a very worthwhile organization,” Martin said. “We are Culpeper helping Culpeper.”

Full Circle serves Culpeper, Orange, Madison, Rappahannock and Fauquier counties and has been at its current location for five years. They recently renewed the lease for another five years, Martin said.

Residents have donated unique items, such as WWII ship hatch that was turned into a table. Full Circle in turn donated that to the Museum of Culpeper History. They’ve received antiques, a collection of rail cars and even a $12,000 entertainment center.

“We’ve gotten some beautiful pieces of antique furniture over the years,” Martin said.

Culpeper Town Councilman Bobby Ryan serves on the board and greeted visitors to the store on the anniversary, noting how important Full Circle Thrift has become.

“It’s a tremendous asset to the community,” Ryan said.

The 9,000 square foot building is filled with clothes, furniture, toys and much more. There’s something for everyone.

“I think people really take a lot of pride in donating nice items, knowing that they’re helping the community of Culpeper,” Martin said. “Everything stays locally.”

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