Out & About: In Lyme, Bargain Barn Offers ‘Recycling at Its Finest’

  • The Bargain Barn is a seasonal thrift shop in Lyme, N.H. (Valley News — Liz Sauchelli)

  • The Bargain Barn is a seasonal thrift shop in Lyme, N.H. (Valley News — Liz Sauchelli)

Valley News Calendar Editor
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Lyme — Driving into downtown Lyme, the signs start to appear: “Bargain Barn Open,” they read in bold letters.

The signs are all pointing toward a quaint white building on the Lyme Common, next to the town’s well-known horse sheds.

Inside, spread throughout two floors is clothing for women, men and children, bric-a-brac, household objects, linens, jewelry and accessories, among other items.

“It’s recycling at its best,” said Joan Schaafsma, manager of the seasonal thrift shop, which was started by the Lyme Congregational Church Women’s Fellowship more than 30 years ago. “People donate their goods and the money goes back into the community.”

Each year, the thousands of dollars in sales go toward church programs, including the parish nurse.

When the organization begins accepting donations in May, volunteers are never sure what will come in.

“Some days, it’s pretty overwhelming,” Schaafsma said. Sometimes, there’s a theme among what’s brought in. “This year was the year of the scarf.”

There’s always a demand for certain items, such as linens.

“A lot of people come in to get sheets and blankets for their camps,” Schaafsma said.

The Bargain Barn is seasonal and is open now through Labor Day, with a winter clothing sale on Columbus Day weekend.

Each year, volunteers start virtually from scratch: New donations are brought in every spring and what doesn’t sell is donated to other nonprofit organizations.

“At the end of the year, one of our church members goes with another church group and takes jackets to Appalachia,” Schaafsma said.

Editor’s note: The Bargain Barn is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30-4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It will stop accepting donations in mid-July. For more information, call 603-795-2850.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.