Volunteers at the Turnstyle Thrift Shop in Blue Hill include Susan Kerwin, Anne Walker and board President Richard Washburn. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY JENNIFER OSBORN

Blue Hill thrift shop serving up fashions again



BLUE HILL — To the thrill of bargain hunters and fashionistas, the Turnstyle Thrift Shop in Blue Hill reopened in May after more than a year-long closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

There is one solid rule for now.

Customers must wear masks while shopping in the thrift store whether vaccinated or not, said Richard Washburn, president of the board of directors.

The Turnstyle, the sales from which support the adjacent Tree of Life Food Pantry, relies on volunteers for its operation. The majority of those volunteers fall into the high-risk category for COVID-19 because of their age. 

Washburn said some of the volunteers aren’t comfortable working in an area where people aren’t masked. 

Unlike some retail stores in the area, the Turnstyle has its dressing rooms open for try-ons. 

Business has been brisk from day one.

On Saturday, May 22, over 50 customers had shopped by noon.

Hours are Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Washburn said Thursdays may be added in June.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

Reporter and columnist at The Ellsworth American
News Reporter Jennifer Osborn covers news and features on the Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle-Stonington. She welcomes tips and story ideas. She also writes the Gone Shopping column. Email Jennifer with your suggestions at [email protected] or call 667-2576.

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