Thrift store opens in Shingle Springs

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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SHINGLE SPRINGS, CA - The log cabin building that formerly housed a spa shop is now St. Francis Thrift Store.

There are 5,000 square feet of gently used household items, tools, furniture and clothing.

Looking for a golf bag, hammer or prom dress? Chances are you will find it at the Shingle Springs shop.

Dave Macri, one of the partners, said he and his wife, Cathy Macri, and been considering opening up a shop for a few years.

Macri had been buying abandoned storage lockers with Frank Visconti, of Visconti’s Italian Restaurant in Folsom, when they decided to sell the items from the lockers in a thrift store.

“We thought this was a good idea,” he said.

Partners, Visconti, Macri, Tony Macri and Renee Klinghardt, designed the shop to be user-friendly with rooms for tools, artwork, clothing and furniture.

“What sets us apart from others I would say is that we are cleaner, more organized and we have lots to offer,” Macri said. “Our prices are lower than the other stores around and we have a more to offer in the way of inventory.”

Shopper Randi Hernandez said she often makes purchases at thrift stores.

“There are several in the area that I go to, but I’m always looking for a bargain so it’s nice to have options,” she said. “I’m never really looking for anything in particular. Something always catches my eye though.”

The partners chose the name St. Francis, because St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the store donates a portion of the proceeds to local animal rescue groups in El Dorado County.

“We contribute to SAFE (Saving Animals from Euthanasia), Heartsong Ranch animal sanctuary, Animal Outreach of Motherlode and Fat Kitty City,” Macri said.

The store is also purchasing leashes and collars in bulk to supply to individuals who are fostering animals while they wait for their forever homes.