As the Rustic Market thrift store celebrates 50 years of being in business with its “50 Days of Deals” promotion this summer, Maranda and her crew came out to interview store manager Carrie VanDenBrink and learn more about the store’s history and mission.
The Rustic Market opened on June 18, 1971, managed by the wives of Pine Rest staff members, which later became known as the Women’s Auxiliary. For over 50 years, the store located at 389 68th St SE, Grand Rapids, has been a destination for bargains on secondhand, gently used household goods, furniture, clothing, toys, books, seasonal items and more.
Maranda also interviewed Anita Sue Wood, a retired nurse who now volunteers at Rustic Market and says, “I wanted to give back to the community … I felt loved the minute I walked through the door here.”
One hundred percent of all proceeds from Rustic Market sales go to support the Pine Rest Patient Assistance Fund which helps provide financial support to patients who cannot afford to pay for their mental health care.
The Rustic Market’s 50 Days of Deals promotion begins June 21, 2021, with 50% off everything in the store and continues with rotating weekly discounts through August 19. The store is located at 389 68th St SE, Grand Rapids (across from Pine Rest) and open Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Donations are accepted until 6:00 p.m. on the east side of the barn.) To learn more, visit pinerest.org/rustic-market or the Rustic Market Facebook page.