The Umatilla County Historical Society started the new year on a positive note.

At the close of 2015, the historical society was able to complete the purchase of the building at 138 S.E. Court Ave., which houses its new Community Thrift Shop.

The purchase of the historic property was made possible through the generous contributions of Tom and Patti Winn, The Collins Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Pendleton Foundation Trust, and Umatilla County Community and Economic Development.

“The UCHS Board of Directors is very grateful to those who contributed so generously,” said Susan Badger Doyle, president of the society.

“The Community Thrift Shop promises a brighter future for the community and the Umatilla County Historical Society,” added Barbara Lund-Jones, historical society executive director.

Light, spacious and airy, the shop offers a wide selection of gently used items for home, family and personal use. Also, it’s committed to ongoing programming, offering workshops in the creative re-purposing of everyday objects, sharing ideas and inspiration. In a relatively short time, the store has become a shopping destination for many and a popular gathering place.

Formerly called the Community Bargain Counter, the Community Thrift Shop moved from its location on Main Street to its new location with its new name in March 2015. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Umatilla County Historical Society, which also operates the Heritage Station Museum.

“We’re very pleased that the shop revenues are exceeding projections,” Doyle said.

The shop is managed by Eleanor Punch Lee and staffed by volunteers. Hours are Monday through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. The phone number is 541-276-7808.

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