Used Car Lots Knoxville Tn – Used items, antiques, and new Christmas items meet former West Knoxville car dealers at holiday pop-up stores that aim to install spaces and feed poor people. The Knox Rescue Ministries Area opened a 10,000 square foot store at 9629 Parkside Drive 19 days before Halloween. It’s been a holiday gift for non-profit organizations.
Imagine a Christmas shop that only sells what is given. The result is an eclectic choice, ranging from detailed and complicated birth sets to Christmas sweater donations that may or may not be bad. KARM has opened a Christmas pop-up shop that stands alone for nine years, said Victoria Holland, director of KARM operations. Temporary locations have changed over the years.
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The location of the KARM permanent goods store also sells holiday items donated after the Christmas location was opened, he said.
In Goodwill stores, Christmas items are sold in each location.
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More donations, more money
This year, the Christmas season means more donations, more space and more income. Nonprofits, which help homeless people and the underprivileged, receive three times more holiday items as in previous years.
Holiday items are donated throughout the year “but holidays are not sold in March, April or June,” Holland said. So all bouquets, lights, linen, cake jars, trees and more were collected at the Asheville Highway KARM distribution center, where they were sorted and packed in large cardboard boxes. Each box holds 500 to 600 items.
Last year, Christmas items donated were filled with 120 boxes. This year, they filled 375 boxes. This year, 480 artificial trees, up from 160 years ago, were donated.
From classic to kitsch
Items sold include classic, kitsch, religious and secular. Rows of angels who were touting and Santas who smiled and snowy people filled the shelves. Christmas books outline bookshelves.
Bouquets – mostly green – line two walls. Round and figural ornaments, children’s bright red Christmas clothes rack, and hooks filled with Christmas stockings offered.
There are many holiday dinners, serving dishes, glasses and glasses. Some plates were still in the 1981 box where they were sent.
But what a Christmas shopper sees one week – or even one day – might disappear next. The store has a fast turnaround and, when refilled, can look like a different store in 48 hours.
Who gave their decorations
Increased donations mean that KARM needs a bigger holiday shop. So hired a used car dealer at Parkside and moved from the location last year on Kingston Pike near Ebenezer Road.
Where donations come from as many as the items given. Out-of-town tourists decorate the cabin or Sevier County condo they rent for the Christmas vacation. They don’t want to transport home decorations when the holidays are finished, so they give them to KARM, Holland said.
People are downsizing or tired from last year’s holiday decorations. Others donate Chinese Christmas relatives they never like or the remnants of real estate sales.
Retail stores provide unsold items, often in boxes. That’s where several groups of Christmas trees are tall and in droves from here, Holland said. Companies that hold holiday parties can donate leftovers or party decorations.
“They knew they were retaliating,” he said.
Money to eat
The store is open 9am to 9pm. Monday Saturday; close early on December 24 and close Christmas. The last day is December 26.
The results of the store go to the KARM program fund. Items are sold at a discount. New items sell for half the retail price. Second hand items are also discounted. Holland said the workers were balancing the help of KARM by setting bargains.
“Our goal is to make money for services,” he said. “We want people to have a fun place to shop and get great deals. But our goal is to make money for service.”
KARM measures income in terms of food that can be provided. Eating is around $ 2.
He estimates that the store will provide 75,000 and perhaps as many as 100,000 meals this year. Last year’s store provided 50,000 meals.
“We have people driving at Parkside who have never heard of KARM. They only see ‘Christmas’ banners,” Holland said. That, he said, offers workers the opportunity to familiarize customers with nonprofit institutions.
What sells fast
What customers see are thousands of items, ranging from brand names such as Lenox, Hallmark, and Department 56 to handmade snowman dolls. Popular purchases include Christmas village pieces, outdoor decorations and rope lights. Vintage items such as ceramic trees and holiday pieces featuring the character of Bean Schulz sold quickly. The best sellers this year also include “forest” items, Holland said.
Sometimes buyers revisit memories when they find decorations like they have when they were little or decorations they remember from their grandmother, said store manager Stacey Loy.
“I like Christmas,” said Loy, who often went to work with glitter and fake snow on her hair and clothes. “I like nativities. I like vintage, old things.”
One birth sold in a day
The store’s most unique and valuable item in nine years has been donated and sold this season, Holland said. A birth set of Goebel ceramics, believed to be made around 1947 in Germany, was valued at $ 249. Prices were set after online searches found that similar nativities were valued at $ 800 to $ 1,000, Holland said.
“We thought it would be great if we could get it ($ 249),” he said.
The birth disappeared on the day the store opened. “It’s very interesting to see.”
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