When it first opened, the store had four workers with disabilities. The business has grown to employ 10 people with developmental disabilities and six staff members.


The second-hand retail store of Boonslick Industries, Savvy Seconds, celebrated its sixth anniversary on Saturday.

When it first opened, the store had four workers with disabilities. The business has grown to employ 10 people with developmental disabilities and six staff members.

Savvy Seconds has undergone three expansions in its floor space since it opened, to create more jobs and recycle donated goods. While average monthly sales have increased, expenses are high and fluctuate. As more organizations vie for the same amount of grants, it has gotten harder for the store to create jobs.

"We are not destitute but we're holding our own," said Vicki McCarrell, executive director of Unlimited Opportunities and Boonslick Industries.

On Saturday, customers entered in raffles and two of them won a Christmas gift basket, which includes a Savvy Seconds gift certificate, and a 16-quart roaster oven with buffet server and turkey preparation kit.

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