2008-08-29 / Business News

Wolff Opens The Doors To Thrift Store Heaven

By Kizzy Thompson

Elizabeth Wolff
Elizabeth Wolff (nee Schlesinger), a fourth generation Rockaway resident, is combining her passion for art, antiques, fashion and design with her experience in fundraising and knowledge of the thrift shop industry. On Saturday, July 26, she opened the doors of the Cure Thrift Shop, a 6,000- square-foot place filled with donated merchandise. The philanthropic shop is located at 111 East 12 Street (between 3rd and 4th Avenues) in Manhattan.

Wolff, daughter of Alan and Eileen Schlesinger, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 11 and she is dedicated to "bringing home" the cure for diabetes. The 24-year-old is teaming up with the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF) to bring new life to personal and corporate donations. "I chose to pair up with the DRIF for several reasons. Of course, their cause is close to my heart be- cause of our mutual connection to diabetes," said Wolff. "The DRIF, a worldrenowned facility, is the only curefocused organization with which I am familiar, and their charitable record is impeccable."

In the United States alone, about 25 million children and adults are living with this disease, which translates to about 8 percent of the population and the numbers are rapidly increasing. By opening the Cure Thrift Shop, Wolff offers the opportunity for people to clean out their basements, attics, closets and drawers and donate their goods for a good cause. She also states that all donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation. The Cure Thrift Shop provides shoppers with an endless assortment of products.

Donations of new and gently used furniture, clothing, accessories, household items, art, books, collectibles, electronics, jewelry, antiques and anything usable and saleable can be dropped off at the shop during store hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.

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