GALLIPOLIS — Sometimes a little can go a long way … but this doesn’t often apply to money. However, the owner of the Leap of Faith thrift store in Gallipolis has made it her mission to help those with limited funds stretch their dollars, and she has successfully done just that for nearly a year now.
Helen Cremeans, a resident of Cheshire, opened her privately owned Leap of Faith store on Feb. 3, 2012, with a plan to use her former experience in preparing and selling used items to better serve communities in Gallia County. The store, located at the junction of Eastern Ave. (Ohio 7) and Mill Creek Road, carries all sorts of used items, including clothes for the whole family, shoes, dishes, toys, books and bedding, among other things.
Cremeans emphasized that the store is not just for underprivileged individuals. Anyone can purchase or donate items. Once the utilities and rent are paid, much of the proceeds go to various charitable causes.
Cremeans also noted that her standards are quite high when it comes to what items make the floor.
“All clothing is cleaned, steam-pressed and sprayed before it goes out,” said Cremeans. “I won’t put it out otherwise.”
Leap of Faith operates on donations, and as a result, the prices are very reasonable.
“The prices are really, really low so people can afford it,” said Cremeans.
Cremeans is running a sale this week, with all items marked half off through Jan. 19. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call Cremeans at (740) 508-7403.