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A good debut for Crosslake Goodwill

Hailey Halvorson, 9, Crosslake, received her change from Crosslake Goodwill sale1 / 4
Goodwill Duluth has opened a Goodwill store in Crosslake. The store, which opene2 / 4
The new Goodwill store in Crosslake offers a variety of gently used clothing and3 / 4
Betty DeBoer, Milaca, visited the Crosslake Goodwill store Thursday on its openi4 / 4

CROSSLAKE — There were bags of donations sitting by the door even before the new Crosslake Goodwill store opened its doors to the public Thursday.

And enthusiastic shoppers filled the store after it opened — at one point Thursday morning as many as 30 people were there shopping — to find a bargain at the thrift shop.

“I think this is great,” said Sue Cameron of Breezy Point as she shopped with her granddaughter. “It’s something Crosslake needed. And it’s beautiful stuff. Very beautiful stuff.”

Maribeth Brooks, store supervisor, said the used goods store has been well received in Crosslake.

“Just like any town in Minnesota, we have a need for a thrift store,” said Brooks. “We’re proud to be part of the Crosslake community.”

The Crosslake store is the 13th Goodwill store opened in outstate Minnesota as part of Goodwill Duluth. The store is located at 35562 County Road 66 in Crosslake, across from the Corps of Engineers Campground.

Betty DeBoer, of Milaca, was staying at the campground with her family and decided to walk over and check it out.

“It’s neat. Lots of clothes, said DeBoer. “I found the cutest sweater set.”

Hailey Halvorson, 9, of Crosslake, talked her mom Tracy into buying her a few things at the store Thursday morning.

“It’s fantastic,” Hailey said of the store.

“There aren’t any good used stores nearby so it’s nice to have this in town,” added her mom, Tracy.

Brooks said she grew up in Duluth and often shopped at the large Goodwill store there. Brooks, who previously owned Studio in the Sticks, a former interior design store in Crosslake, said she’s always shopped thrift stores and enjoys repurposing used goods. She also worked in redesign, which means she would use what people had and make the most of it in decorating their homes.

Her new job is a perfect fit for her, she said.

“People have been asking for days when are we going to open,” said Brooks. “It’s stirred a lot of interest in the community. It makes me proud to work for a company that works for the greater good of all.”

The Goodwill store also employs four sales clerks and is currently hiring, said Brooks.

Donations are accepted at the back door of the store. Donations may include clothing of all types and sizes, household items, linens, toys, jewelry, books, and small appliances. The store doesn’t accept items like tires, computer equipment or box springs and mattresses. Those who wish to donate furniture in good condition need to call the store at (218) 692-9455 and find out when the truck from Duluth will be there in order to pick it up.

Brooks said the store not only accepts local donations but it receives weekly shipments of goods from the Duluth store so there are new items on the shelves each day.

Prices average 49 cents to $7.99.

The Crosslake store is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Goodwill is a non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

JODIE TWEED may be reached at or 855-5858.