Stepping Stones Ministry, Inc. is “a physical marker for a spiritual encounter,” operated by Elmwood Church of God at 1427 Elmwood Avenue in Columbia. Their mission statement reads, “It is the continuous ministry of Stepping Stones Ministry to teach and preach the complete Word of God: to minister to the lost and hurting and make disciples of all men and women. We will continue in our mandate by Scripture to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to those who thirst and visit the sick and those in prison. We will continue to operate the thrift store and food pantry – always seeking ways to improve and promote these areas of ministry. The ultimate goal of the ministry is to assist men and women in their recovery phase of drug and alcohol addiction through the establishment of an extended transitional housing program.”
Stepping Stones thrift stores are located at 6001 Two Notch Road in Columbia and at 1916 Augusta Road, in West Columbia and is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Items sold range from all types of clothing to household items and new and used furniture They accept all donations at the store location. Tax receipts are available for donations.
Stepping Stones Thrift Shop offers a wonderful array of women’s fashions, including tops and tees, sweaters and windbreakers, jeans and slacks, skirts and dresses, skirts and suits, intimate apparel, fashion jewelry, handbags, and accessories. Everything is on hangers, but is not all sorted by size or style, so it’s worth a little while to treasure hunt. Most clothing at Stepping Stones on Two Notch Road is priced at only one dollar per piece.
This week’s thrifty fashion find was a periwinkle blue (I love that color!) micro-ribbed V-neck tee with satin edged neckline by Basic Editions. It appears like new and never to have been worn. It’s great for the season and can be worn alone, layered, dressed up or down, and worn virtually everywhere from the office to the children’s soccer game.
And, shopping at Stepping Stones makes one feel good, knowing that the proceeds from the sales help recovering drug and alcohol addicts and other community outreach ministries in Columbia. The people operating the thrift store are among the nicest people I have met, and the merchandise is extensive. It’s well worth a visit for the thrifty fashion shopper, and you will surely want to go again and again. Happy thrifty fashion shopping~
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