The Green Olive Tree Christian thrift shop in Crozet, run entirely on volunteer labor, shut down for a week in March to shift out cold-weather clothing—which since has been sent on to missions—declutter, and restock the store with fresh wares and a sense of spring optimism. Easter decorations now line the display shelves at the front door.
Some locked-out customers who looked in at the vacant racks and shelves grew alarmed and wrongly concluded the store was shutting down. They would bang on the doors and implore the volunteers to explain affairs.
The “Tree” reopened March 30. Hardworking store volunteers Ellie Kroeger, Shirley Cogan and Paul Clark urge customers to come back and check out the new inventory, including a rack of First Communion dresses the store has now, as well as prom dresses and those suitable for spring weddings.