A light-filled corner table sits ready to host visitors. Shoppers check out new clothing in the boutique section. Executive director Bonnie DeMotte leans down to fix a piece of a clothing rack that has slipped out of place.

At the Second Harvest Community Thrift Store in Sharpsburg, it’s a scene about three years in the making.

In July of 2018, the St. Vincent de Paul Society closed its thrift store in Sharpsburg, leaving “a giant void,” according to Mayor Matt Rudzki. “Sharpsburg is a community where a fifth of residents live below the poverty line and a third don’t have access to a vehicle,” he said. “When they left it was pretty devastating to the residents.”

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