Bless and De-Stress in the New Year

 In Bargain Center, Ministry Village, Most Excellent Way, Tender Hearts Caring Hands, The Charis House

Are you ringing in the New Year with visions of organization and plans to clear the clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Getting organized is a popular New Year’s resolution. A fresh new year feels like the perfect time for many to start with a clean slate including a streamlined home and wardrobe. Out with the old – in with the new. And, if you were blessed with new things at Christmas, you need to make room, right? If your kids or grandkids were blessed with mounds of new toys and clothes for Christmas, consider donating those items they have outgrown to the Bargain Center. Through the BC, those items can find a new home, while also providing critical funding for our ministry programs.

When you finish sorting through and boxing up those old-for-you-but-good-for-someone-new items, we would love for you to donate them to the Ministry Village Bargain Center (at 92 E. Nine Mile Road in Pensacola)! If you have large items like furniture, you can call the store to arrange a pickup or visit to schedule the Bargain Center’s truck to pickup at your convenience! The Bargain Center will sell your items and earn funding that directly supports the programs of Ministry Village, right here in our community. And while many local charity shops have suspended accepting donations during COVID, the Bargain Center continues to take items from our donors.

The Ministry Village Bargain Center offers discount shopping and thrifty finds to bargain shoppers; however, its primary mission is to provide funding for the various programs of Ministry Village at Olive – including the Tender Hearts Caring Hands food pantry and benevolence program; Most Excellent Way’s addiction support groups; and the Charis House, a ladies faith-based residential recovery program for women suffering from addiction. In addition to supporting the programs financially, the Bargain Center provides a safe place for the women in the Charis House program to learn employment skills like work ethic, accountability and dependability. It is often one of the first places the women in the Charis House work after completing the program, and the Bargain Center becomes a lifeline to help those women reenter the community by providing experience and employment references to help them become contributing members of society.

As you make decisions on what items to donate, please keep in mind – some items are TREASURES…and some items are simply trash. The Bargain Center’s budget takes a significant hit each time they send the truck to the dump to discard items that should have been trashed rather than donated. Dirty clothes with stains or pet hair cannot be sold or recycled. Items with musty odors from attics or storage, items with holes from wear, items stained with paint – these are all unusable donations the Bargain Center must sort and discard.

So, as you clear your clutter and sort the items that will help the Bargain Center raise funding for Ministry Village, keep these guidelines in mind.

  • Items that are accepted include clean, stain-free, odor-free clothing; housewares; books; unbroken furniture; working lamps; knickknacks; working radios; antiques; shoes; working clocks; working small appliances; working large appliances (washer, dryer, fridge, oven); cookware; glassware; kitchen utensils; toys; records; cds; linens; jewelry; bikes in good condition.
  • Items that are not accepted include carpet; stained items; swing sets; kids pools; doors; cabinets; anything with chemicals; weapons; tires; mattresses and box springs; old box-style TVs; bulky gym equipment; or any item that is in need of repair.

✅ For more information about the Ministry Village Bargain Center, follow them on Facebook at or on Instagram @MinistryVillageBargains.

✅ For more information on Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. and its work in the community, follow them on Facebook at, on Twitter @MinistryVillage, visit their website,, or call (850) 473-4466.

✅ Shop the Bargain Center at 92 E. Nine Mile Road, just east of Palafox, near the railroad tracks. Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 5 PM. With unique vendor booths, furniture, clothing and more, there’s always something exciting for everyone!

✅ Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM. If you have large furniture, call the Bargain Center during regular store hours to schedule the Bargain Center’s truck for pickup. 850-912-9222. Or visit to schedule a pickup online.

✅ Want to be a Bargain Center VIP Treasure Hunter? Be the first to learn about our sales and special events! Text 850-613-0288 to join our new text group and receive special text updates!

**Because of government regulations, the Bargain Center does not accept donations of mattresses, and does not sell used or new mattresses. Please contact your sanitation service to dispose of used mattresses. **

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