In 2002, leaders of Hospice of the Red River Valley had a bold idea. They imagined an additional revenue source to support the organization—an upscale, resale store. Months later, after countless hours of planning, uncertainty and anxiety, their dream was born. Heirlooms officially opened its doors in September 2003. Today, 10 years later, Heirlooms is flourishing as a sophisticated destination for gently used, high quality goods. And, all proceeds support the important mission of Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Throughout the past decade, Heirlooms firmly established itself in the community as a donation destination for those finer items no longer needed because of a change in family circumstances, relocation, downsizing, redecorating or remodeling.
Reaching this milestone anniversary is no small feat for the average business, and is even more remarkable for Heirlooms. Aside from three store managers, the store is entirely staffed by devoted volunteers. More than 75 individuals volunteer their time to help with sorting, preparing and pricing merchandise for sale, arranging the various store displays and assisting customers and donors.
Heirlooms store manager, Bev Rohde, says, “I’m so thankful for all the volunteers do. Of the many volunteers who share the work and responsibility of the store, 27 of them started with the store back in 2003. That’s dedication!”
Long-time volunteer, Ethel Wischer shares, “I was one of the first volunteers and feel privileged to be a part of Heirlooms. I always look forward to coming each week and hope I can continue to be part of the Heirlooms family for many more years.”
Heirlooms will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with an open house for the public on December 10. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. that morning. To thank the community for their generosity, Heirlooms will offer various sale prices on select merchandise each day of the week:
Tuesday, Dec. 10: 25% off everything storewide
Wednesday, Dec. 11: 25% off clothing
Thursday, Dec. 12: 25% off framed artwork
Friday, Dec. 13: 25% off glassware
Saturday, Dec. 14: 25% off furniture
Heirlooms is located at 3120 25th St. S. in Fargo, N.D. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Donations are accepted during regular business hours or by appointment. For more information, stop in, call 701-356-2670, visit www.hrrv.org/heirlooms or find them at www.facebook.com/heirloomsfargo.