Cambridge, Md.- The Salvation Army's thrift store is back in business in Dorchester County.
The Salvation Army reopened it's thrift store in mid-December. The store is now anchored at 704 Cambridge Plaza, where Fashion Bug was once located.
It was a busy Saturday morning in the new facility. School teacher Katie Townsend was one of a few early bird customers probing the racks and toy section. Townsend is happy the store is up and running.
"I actually buy a lot of things for some of my needy students here," Townsend said. "I don't have the most amount of money [so] it's always nice to get some clothes for cheaper prices."
Townsend was a frequent shopper at the charity's previous store on Race Street. She remembers the day it caught fire. An electrical malfunction inside the building was to blame.The fire caused more than $500,000 in damages, forcing the charity to find a new home for its store.
"I actually saw the flames and was there when the fire happened," Townsend said. " It was devastating. It was very sad to see the workers so sad and out of jobs, so to have it back is nice for a lot of people."
Store employees say the shop went without a permanent home for months, but that didn't keep donations away. Matt Hurst and his family added to the pile when they dropped off bags of clothes and shoes.
"It feels good [to help] somebody that is in need," Hurst said. "You know it's the holidays and that kind of things, so the things that we can't use anymore, we like to bring."
Shoppers like Ruby Vanhes said it goes a long way.
"It's very helpful to the community where some people can't afford to go to the store or the shopping mall, so it's a big help."
The Salvation Army's thrift store is open Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday's business hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.