Echoes, a Christian Thrift Store

1320 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Appleton
(920)882-8172
Store hours of operation are: Monday-Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday: closed

Echoes, a Christian Thrift Store is a sponsored ministry of First English Lutheran Church.  Our emphasis is to be part of FELC's outreach to the Fox Cities.  The store's purpose is to offer used but nice, low cost clothing and goods to the general public. 

 The first fruits of money raised after expenses is given in benevolence by FELC and Echoes to local non-profit agencies. Recently some of our donations have been made to:

    - Emergency Shelter

    - Salvation Army

    - Harbor House

    - Samaritan Counseling Center

    - Leaven

    - Thompson Center

 

How can you help?

1. Bring Donations. Instead the hassle of a garage sale, drop the stuff off at Echoes.  The type of donations are:

    - Clothing and shoes

    - Kitchen ware

    - books

    - furniture

2. Volunteer.  No experience necessary, training is available.  The hours are flexible.  The type of volunteer activities are:

    - Sort, price, stock, pick up and delivery and retail clerking

3. Shop at Echoes.  Come in and be a customer.  You might be surprised at the quality of goods and cleanliness of the store. 

 

Here's what a volunteer has to say about Echoes:

The Good YOU do!!!!”

Last Monday afternoon at Echoes we were having  a sale to move our fall and winter items.  All clothing was $1.00. Kathy (our manager) had gone through some children’s books and there was a bookshelf with 5 books for $1.00. It was quite busy, but I noticed a woman and her son looking intently at the books. They put 16 piles of 5 books each on the counter…of course we asked about the large number of books they were purchasing.

The woman’s best friend had died of cancer.  While her friend was ill and in hospice, the woman read to her.  Upon the friend’s death, she reflected on the gift of reading,  of books and time with her loved one. She began a rotating library for hospice patients in the Milwaukee area. She told me that the project “had taken on a life of its own!”  She and her son were out buying books for these collections and here they were in Echoes.  They had found us on the internet 

So, by bringing items to Echoes, we continue to impact those in need such as in this case, helping the sick. Who would ever imagine a new life and purpose for the sale books on the shelf that we are trying to get rid of ?

As you clean your closets, garages and attics this spring, PLEASE think of Echoes. Think of Echoes for your shopping, too. If you need things for the cottage, parties, holidays (we always have great things for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, etc), whatever…think about checking out Echoes. Think about Echoes for serving in our community and beyond. This is just one example of how this store reaches out to those in need…

Think of all the good YOU do through the ministry of Echoes…

Read an article from the Appleton Post Crescent about Echoes.