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ELMA | During Elma’s 2018 city-wide garage sales, Shannon Gebel and Janet Platte began discussing the idea of a thrift store.

Both said they had things cluttering their homes but didn’t want to set up their own garage sale. After bouncing some ideas around, the owner of an empty building on Elma’s Main Street allowed them to set up a rummage sale.

They began asking for donations and “Tossed and Found” was born.

Modeled after Shop on State in Osage, all proceeds raised from the thrift store will be used to benefit Elma-area, nonprofit groups with grants for community betterment projects. Donations are accepted when the store is open.

“Being that everything is donated, we decided to try to get the funds back out into the community,” Gebel said.

Citing lack of desire to haul things out of town, Tossed and Found seemed like a better idea to help individuals declutter their homes while also helping grow programs within the community, Platte said.

Staffed by volunteers, Tossed and Found is open Tuesdays and Thursdays and every other Saturday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

“If I can find the volunteers we will be open more,” Gebel said. “Some days these hours are a little challenging to find folks to work.”

In addition to being donated items, many items came from store-closing sales.

Tossed and Found accepts many different items including clothing, household items, books, toys, knick-knacks, odds and ends, artwork, ceramics, games and shoes. Due to space constraints, they are limited on their ability to take furniture or large pieces.

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