New options are available for locals looking to refresh their wardrobes with the help of Aiken Second Baptist Church.
Kingdom Boutique at 2nd is now part of the congregation’s York Street complex, offering luxury clothing (new or infrequently used items) with names such as Coach, Evon Picone, Nina’s and Caspar, for women, men, Suitable for any child. Shoppers are invited but are not required to leave a donation, whether it’s a few coins or a pile of banknotes.
“We have blessed quite a few people, and quite a few have left blessings, which means we can continue to supply their needs,” he said Saturday. Gail Jackson, a volunteer who helped organize the official opening of the ministry that took place, said.
“Most of the clothes here are designer clothes and we serve a community of men, women and children. It’s for everyone and we are delighted to be celebrated. I think…a blessing.”
The church continues its tradition with a closet at 425 Hampton Avenue. This place has had a large part of the history of the Church laid down there. Clothing donations are also accepted there, Jackson said, with the best harvest being offered through the Kingdom Boutique.
“This is to make people feel valued. Rather than handing out handouts, they are raising their hands,” she added. “That’s the concept of this boutique.”
The shops in the former Bi-Lo shopping center will be open every Thursday and Friday, and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month, from 10am to 2pm. It’s located at 1142 York St., between the Crab King and Upper Room Healing Center, near the old Evergreen Buffet.
“We still have closets,” said Reverend Jean Owens. “You can still come in. It’s not as fancy as here, but it’s still free. Come in and be blessed.”
The Closet’s hours of operation coincide with those of the Church’s boutique and pantry on Hampton Avenue. For more information, call the Church office at 803-644-3994.