After reorganizing a couple years ago, the Salvation Army-Shawnee's Family Store, at 330 E. 9th St., has been offering residents an affordable alternative to mainstream shopping venues.

After reorganizing a couple years ago, the Salvation Army-Shawnee's Family Store, at 330 E. 9th St., has been offering residents an affordable alternative to mainstream shopping venues.

Open to the public, the store's merchandise is typically made up of gently-used second-hand items like clothing, dishes, furniture and more.

Salvation Army Capt. Jamie Clay said all donations to the store are from local community friends.

“We process the inventory and price it at affordable rates,” she said.

Clay said the site is not trying to compete with commercial businesses like Walmart — the idea is to give shoppers on tight budgets another resource for items they need.

“We have been doing our Wacky Wednesday half-price days for over a year,” Clay said. “This way all customers, no matter their age, can benefit from our store's great pricing.”

She said the discount day also enables frequent shoppers to stretch those pennies, as well as keep the store's stock supply rotating.

All sales funding helps offset the store's expenses and provides income for the nonprofit's social services and shelter needs, she said.

“Volunteers are needed to help in processing the donations and get it to sales floor sooner,” Clay said.

To volunteer, visit the site and see the store manager, she said.

To donate to the Salvation Army, items can be dropped off between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. If items are too large to donate, they can be scheduled for pick-up.

To schedule a pick-up or to learn more, call (405) 275-4690.