Rustic Market 50th Anniversary Featured on Maranda

Rustic Market 50th Anniversary Featured on Maranda

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.

“People need mental health care more than ever and we just really want to support people in the community,” says VanDenBrink, who manages the store including overseeing all donations.

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.

“You bring us the stuff that you don’t want anymore; somebody else gets the treasure, and we hand it off to the patient ,” says Wood. “It’s just wonderful knowing that’s where the money goes.”

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 or the Rustic Market Facebook page.

WOTV Maranda Segment: Pine Rest Rustic Market is Celebrating 50 Years (6/21/2021)

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