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Pinkney: Discover a world of wonders at the Treasure House

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 7:20 p.m. CST
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Ann Pinkney is senior director of marketing and communications for Metropolitan Family Services

Do you love to find great furniture – ranging from classic to modern? Or do you love fashion, vintage jewelry and unique handbags? Maybe you savor novels and appreciate the feel of real pages in your hand. There’s a place you can find all this and much more – with proceeds benefiting a great cause – and it’s called the Treasure House.

The Treasure House, 497 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn, offers a treasure trove of unique items for yourself and your home. Started more than 50 years ago within a residential home, today it is a resale shop with a special purpose – sales benefit numerous social service programs provided by Metropolitan Family Services DuPage Center, which has been serving DuPage families for more than 80 years.

“People come in to look at everything,” says Reenie Meyer, Treasure House manager. “People see the changing window display, and see we have some great furniture. Others come in for the clothes, and some just come in for the clearance corner.”

The Treasure House’s abundant offerings, which also include household goods, toys, artworks and home décor, are almost all donated, with a small amount of consigned products.

Part of the store’s appeal is that the merchandise changes regularly.

“We keep the floor fresh all the time – the displays and merchandise both change,” Meyer says.

The store also houses a wide selection of gifts, ornaments and decorative items for the seasons and holidays such as Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day, Fourth of July and Easter.

One of the distinctive aspects of the Treasure House is that it is almost entirely volunteer run.

“We have 75 active volunteers that come in once or twice a week, or once or twice a month, for three-hour shifts, but some volunteers stay all day,” says Meyer.

Volunteers create store displays, change and freshen merchandise, dress the mannequins, and have higher-end jewelry items appraised. Many volunteers also work as stockers, cashiers and help with keeping the clothing and shoe areas neat.

The Treasure House is always looking for volunteers, and some, such those from the Glen Ellyn and Wheaton leagues, have been involved with the House for many years.

The Treasure House can be found online at www.treasurehouseresale.blogspot.com and on Facebook (search for “Treasure House Glen Ellyn”). Store hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and until 8 p.m. Thursdays.

For those interested in volunteering, donating or consigning please contact the Treasure House at 630-469-6907 or email meyerm@metrofamily.org.

Ann Pinkney is senior director of marketing and communications for Metropolitan Family Services

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