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Fenton Art Glass Company (1905-2011), founded by brothers Frank L. and John W. Fenton in Martins Ferry, Ohio, rose to prominence in the American glassmaking industry in the early 1900s. Initially focusing on hand-painted glassware, Fenton distinguished itself with vibrant colors and intricate designs. The company's relocation to Williamstown, West Virginia, in 1907 marked a significant milestone, as they built a new factory that would serve as their headquarters for over a century.

Fenton's success was led by its approach to glassmaking. The company introduced a wide variety of glass colors and styles, including the renowned "Carnival Glass," which featured iridescent hues achieved through a special coating process. This style became wildly popular during the early 20th century and remains a collector's favorite. Fenton also gained praise for its opalescent glass, characterized by a milky, translucent quality, and its pioneering work in milk glass during the mid-20th century, which solidified its reputation for diversity and creativity in glassware.

Throughout its history, Fenton Art Glass ended up facing numerous challenges, including economic downturns and increasing competition from mass-produced glassware manufacturers. Despite these obstacles, the company remained committed to handmade glass, emphasizing quality and artistry. This dedication allowed Fenton to adapt to changing market trends, ensuring longevity and relevance in the industry. The company's ability to innovate while maintaining traditional techniques attracted a loyal customer base and solidified its place in American decorative arts and art glass. Although Fenton’s traditional glass production ceased in 2011, Fenton's legacy lives on through limited-edition pieces and its enduring influence on contemporary glass artisans. Collectors and enthusiasts continue to celebrate Fenton's contributions to the art of glassmaking, preserving its rich heritage for future generations. Check out the Care & Share Auction today and start your Fenton collection now!

Pyrex, the iconic brand of glassware, has a deep history that dates back over 100 years to 1915. It was originally developed by Corning Glass Works (now known as Corning Inc.), which sought to repurpose a type of borosilicate glass known as Nonex, initially used for lantern globes. Jessie Littleton, the wife of a Corning scientist, is often credited with sparking the idea of using this durable glass for cookware when she baked a cake in a battery jar. Recognizing the potential for a new market, Corning developed a line of glass bakeware and cookware under the Pyrex name, which quickly gained popularity due to its durability, thermal shock resistance, and transparency.

Over the decades, Pyrex evolved and expanded its product line. Originally composed of borosilicate glass, known for its resistance to thermal stress, Pyrex's composition in the United States was switched to soda-lime glass in the late 20th century for cost reasons, although borosilicate Pyrex is still produced in Europe. The brand continually innovates, adding new shapes, sizes, patterns, and colors, while extending its use from kitchens to laboratories. Pyrex's longevity and adaptability have made it a staple in households and scientific settings alike, maintaining a reputation for reliability and quality.

A key factor in Pyrex's long-lasting popularity is its blend of functionality and design. During the mid-20th century, Pyrex collaborated with prominent designers to create aesthetically pleasing and practical pieces. The colorful Pyrex patterns of the 1950s and 1960s, such as the "Butterprint" and "Gooseberry" designs, became highly collectible and are cherished by vintage kitchenware enthusiasts today. Pyrex has been a key player in promoting the concept of "oven-to-table" cookware, allowing dishes to be baked and served in the same vessel, simplifying meal preparation and presentation. This versatility and timeless appeal have cemented Pyrex's status as a beloved household name across generations.

If you are looking for a summer adventure, consider a trip to The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning NY.  CLICK HERE  Located just over the Pennyslvania border, the vibrant town of Corning has something for everyone.  This week, among our many other exciting offerings, the Care & Share Auction App presents several pieces of this iconic glassware. Begin or expand your Pyrex collection today!

We warmly welcome Michelle Hunsberger as a Board Member.  Michelle is a licensed real estate agent with Sanford Alderfer Real Estate. As part of the team, she works with auction and conventional sales as well as providing buyer representation services. Michelle is aware that buying and selling real estate are often some of the largest financial transactions many people will make. She enjoys helping them navigate this process to make it as smooth and easy as possible for her clients. She is a relationship builder who understands the value of integrity, trustworthiness, and attention to detail. We welcome Michelle’s sales experience and her enthusiasm for service to our Board of Directors.

Our most recent Volunteer Town Hall was held Wednesday, May 1, 2024.  18 Volunteers were in attendance.  For those of you who weren’t able to attend, here’s a brief recap of the significant items covered.

The meeting opened with a mission moment concerning MCC’s sharing of supplies to those in need in Ukraine.  CLICK HERE 102 years after MCC started its service to the people of Ukraine, today they continue to support the people in the war-torn country.   Also highlighted was the recent feature on ABC Action News that reported on the Souderton Interact Club and their service at Care & Share Shoppes.  CLICK HERE

Sarah Bergin reported some observations from her recent attendance at the MCC National Thrift Conference.  At the conference, the attendees were able to tour a new thrift shop that was put in a former KMart center.  CLICK HERE

The Quarterly Big Question was discussed - What does volunteering mean to you?  Some of the recurring responses included “helping”, “community”, “fulfilling”, “friends”, and “serving”.

An update was provided on Quarter 1 operations.  While sales were approximately 1.5% behind budget in the quarter, some areas of strength were noted.  The challenges of the 2024 budget were reviewed, including rising production costs, especially in terms of increased levels of paid staff and rising wages.  Since the pandemic, we are approximately 40,000 volunteer hours behind; some of this gap was covered by hiring paid employees to work the evening shift.  Our budget goal this year is to provide $49,000 to MCC ($1,000 for each year we have been in business), and to support the local community to a level of approximately $36,000.  We are so grateful to the community for supporting us with their donations; it is needed to meet customer demand.  Other topics covered included the success of the change in our tag rotation, moving the 75% off day to Tuesdays has boosted foot traffic and sales significantly on Tuesdays, while not having a large impact on our Saturday results.

The April Volunteer Shopping Week appreciation event was well received.  Our volunteers and their families/friends received $15,139 in discounts during the special event.

The first quarter volunteer hours were slightly below 2023’s first quarter.  Some of this may be attributed to some winter weather events.  During the quarter, 98 people attended new volunteer orientation, with 83 subsequently logging volunteer time.  38 of those new volunteers have given over 15 hours in the first quarter.  We are so thankful to those who join our ranks.  Volunteers are reminded to say hello to new faces and welcome them to your shoppe.

Information on our 2024 focus on foundation churches was provided.  We are looking to reconnect with some congregations and to engage with new ones.  If you are part of a congregation and think your church may want to establish a monthly work day, see Maggie and she can help to discuss and coordinate that.  Church groups were the core of the Care & Share’s volunteer group in our formation and early years.  A number of churches continue to provide ongoing volunteer support.

Comments that were left in the suggestion boxes were reviewed and management provided answers.  

Thanks to all who attended.  The next Town Hall will be December 2, 2024.  See you there!

From MCC’s Anti-Racism Policy for Thrift Shops:
MCC Thrift Shops sell a vast array of items. Some shops literally even sell “the kitchen sink.” Thift items tell a story. (This is what some people love about thrifting!) Shops must be mindful of the story the items are telling.

At times, it is difficult to judge whether an item is racist. Many times, people of privilege do not realize that an item is “racially charged”. Items that illustrate a hateful message or highlight a particularly painful part of our nation's history, or portray a negative stereotype of a person or groups of people may be hurtful to community members we want to feel welcome in our shops. These items are considered “racially charged.” Additionally, MCC does not want items that perpetuate negative stereotypes to be sold in thrift shops.

It is possible that you may not see these items in the same way. In fact, you may think it is ridiculous that anyone could find these items offensive. Whether or not you think an item or action should be offensive to someone is beside the point. MCC is requesting that shop personnel respect those who find these items offensive by removing such items from the sales floor/donation room or by changing behavior or actions that are offensive. This is done out of respect and sharing of Christ’s love for the person/group.

Care & Share will be providing future educational opportunities this summer for volunteers, staff and customers to learn and discuss this topic further. Please ask a manager or the Administration team if you have a question about an item you see in a shop or if you are asked about an item we are selling by a customer. Thank you for helping us provide an environment at Care & Share that makes everyone feel valued and welcomed.

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    ABC’s Action News, out of the Philadelphia market, visited Care & Share!  They filmed in several of our shoppes and stopped and shopped in each of them!  They were especially interested in our volunteer workforce, and the commitment to the mission of our organization. 

    CLICK HERE to learn more and watch the segment!

  • In May we warmly welcomed Michelle Hunsberger as a Board Member.  Michelle is a licensed real estate agent with Sanford Alderfer Real Estate. As part of the team, she works with auction and conventional sales as well as providing buyer representation services. Michelle is aware that buying and selling real estate are often some of the largest financial transactions many people will make. She enjoys helping them navigate this process to make it as smooth and easy as possible for her clients. She is a relationship builder who understands the value of integrity, trustworthiness, and attention to detail. We welcome Michelle’s sales experience and her enthusiasm for service to our Board of Directors.

  • Shop Care & Share 24/7 - download our Auction App! The Auction App gives customers the opportunity to determine the product price by bidding on selected merchandise.

    For Android CLICK HERE

    For Apple CLICK HERE

    Search for "Care and Share Thrift Auction"

     

  • Interest in volunteering?  Reach out and let our Volunteer Manager Maggie know which 1-hour orientation you would like to attend!  We look forward to meeting you!
     
     
    Not ready to sign up for an Orientation?  Try us out at one of our monthly Volunteer Happy Hours - held on the final Tuesday of each month.
    Ready to sign up to become a volunteer? Apply now on our website!
     
               
  • Share your love of Care & Share with others by posting a Google Review!  Each month, we will place names of those who left a review in a hat.  We will pick one winner for a $50 local restaurant gift card! CLICK HERE to leave your review.

    If something is amiss, we ask that you reach out to us first, before posting a negative review. We want to address any issues directly with disenchanted customers. Send us an email - CLICK HERE with your name, the challenge, and your phone number so we can connect with you. 

    We have learned after 49 years in business, that the best type of advertising is "word of mouth".  Thank you for your help in promoting Care & Share. 

  • Care & Share Thrift Shoppes is responding to community needs by taking steps to help prevent drug overdoses and reduce stigma for individuals living with substance use disorder.

    CLICK HERE to read more

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    Care & Share Thrift Shoppes is now a Certified Autism Center™, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). To earn the designation, staff have completed autism training and certification in order to better understand and work with autistic visitors and supporters.

    “At Care & Share, we are glad you are our neighbor! We want to be at our best to welcome you to shop, donate and volunteer," said Sarah Bergin, Executive Director. "After going through the certification process, our staff is now prepared with the knowledge that customers, donors, and volunteers are all differently abled. By welcoming everyone, our organization is stronger.”

    In addition to a vibrant volunteer program, Care & Share also works with over 35 organizations as volunteers fine-tune skills in areas like receiving and processing donations, customer service, and social skills. The Shoppes accommodate weekly to daily volunteer opportunities for individuals of all different abilities.

    “IBCCES is excited to announce the designation of Care & Share Thrift Shoppes to show that organizations of all types can benefit from training and certification to enhance the customer and community experience,” said Myron Pincomb, IBCCES Board Chairman.

     
  • Shoppes and Donation Docks will be CLOSED on Thursday, July 4, 2024

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Care & Share Thrift Shoppe is eager to hear from you! If you have any questions please do get in touch:

HOURS

SHOPPING

Mon: 9AM  -  5PM

Tue:  9AM - 7PM

Wed: 9AM - 5PM

Thu: 9AM - 5PM

Fri:  9AM - 7PM

Sat:  9AM - 5PM

Sun: Closed

DONATING

Mon - Sat:  10AM - 5PM

Sunday: Closed