This-n-That gives customers warm welcome, low prices

This-n-That gives customers warm welcome, low prices

October 30th, 2013 by Kelsie Bowman in Local Regional News

Owner Donnell Woodruff stands in This-n-That Thrift Store on Dayton Boulevard. Five percent of each purchase benefits Ronld McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

Photo by Kelsie Bowman

At This-n-That Thrift Store, customers can find this and that, and a lot more.

Owner of the little Dayton Boulevard shop, Donnell Woodruff guarantees that anyone who walks through the glass front door will be met with a fresh and friendly environment. With his big smile and easy-going demeanor, it's easy to see what he means.

"I think that creates a family spot, makes them feel comfortable when they come in," Woodruff said.

The shop is full of clothing, from business attire to outfits for baby, shoes, purses, belts, hats, scarves, as well as some home décor and jewelry.

"I get a lot of furniture and it goes quick," he said, adding that he keeps furniture off-site in a warehouse until it's needed. "God's been blessing us and eventually we'll have to get a bigger place."

Not only can visitors to the shop find used clothing at a price range of $1-$15, but when they buy a thrifty find they are also giving to nonprofit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, which provides housing for families of young hospital patients. Five percent of each purchase at This-n-That goes to the House.

"I've seen a lot of lives that Ronald McDonald House has touched," said Woodruff. "Once I had done a tour of Ronald McDonald House, I was like, 'Wow.'"

He said he first caught wind of the charity when he worked as a McDonald's store manager. His wife continues to hold a store manager position at the McDonald's in Red Bank, but Woodruff said he wanted to focus on the thrift shop.

"I stepped out on faith and let God provide, and he did," he said. "It's been wonderful."

This-n-That continually collects donations of new and gently used clothing, accessories, household items, toys, furniture and more. Woodruff said he will even pick up donated furniture if the current owners aren't able to drive it to the shop.

"Come on and donate, donate," he said with his good-natured smile. "It's for a good cause."