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Need a Gem of a Gift? Check Out Another Hidden Treasure at the Senior Center

You may know about the Senior Center’s Gift Shop on Chandler. But did you know that the Tewksbury Senior Center, located at 175 Chandler St., has its very own consignment shop that is open to the public?

The UPScale Boutique consignment shop opened way back in 2008, the vision of Linda Brabant, who was Council on Aging Director at the time, and volunteer Jan MacPherson. The Consignment Shop and the Gift Shop provided much needed revenue in the wake of budget cuts at that time, and they continue to help fund the great programming provided to Tewksbury seniors.

The boutique offers clothes, jewelry, home décor and decorations at remarkable prices. Sometimes you will find the price tag still attached. Haven’t we all bought items that sit in our closets, never to be worn? You never know what you’ll find at the UPScale Boutique.

How does it work? Just bring in your items on intake day and talk with the volunteers, who will help with pricing your items. Consignment sellers get 50% of the marked price when item is sold, with the balance going to the Senior Center. If an item hasn’t sold in 60 days, the item becomes the property of the Senior Center, the price will be marked down and the Center receives all proceeds. After 30 additional days, marked-down items are donated to local charities.

A big thank you to the many volunteers and employees who have kept the consignment shop and the gift shop up and running for over 13 years, including Joan Unger Harmon, Yvonne Hall, Kay Maher, Jan MacPherson, Diane Dunlevy and of course the current director, Jan Conole.

Shop hours are Monday through Friday 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Do you have some lovely items you no longer need or want? Looking to make a donation? Looking for a little extra cash? You can donate or consign. Items are accepted the first Monday of each month. Drop in anytime between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. 

Donna Gill covers Senior Center and COA news for the Carnation.

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