Open since 2010, The Fabulous Find Resale Boutique in Kittery recently crossed the 1 million dollar mark in monies raised for local non-profits. The milestone was formally recognized at a recent reception when it presented $4508.45 each to Kittery Historical and Naval Museum and Friends of The Earth Sea and Space Center.
“We made this monthly reception more special with music by Kurt and Jenn, beautiful donated appetizers and desserts, and a wine, beer and champagne toast after the big moment where we crossed the million dollar mark,” said Marcye Philbrook, board president and one of several founders.
Noting the evening in which they held their reception was “extremely cold and blustery,” Philbrook said they were quite gratified at the turnout.
“We estimate close to 120 people were in attendance—we were blown away by how many people showed up to wish us well and congratulate us,” she said.
In looking back at the origins of The Fabulous Find, Philbrook said their initial concerns revolved around fiscal sustainability. “We wanted to be in the black enough to be able to consistently give money away,” she added.
Citing “incredible community support” from the moment they opened their doors, Philbrook said they are all amazed at the fact they have been able to support more than 145 organizations in just six and a half years. She said their work, however, has only just begun.
“There is a lot more competition for donations now, so we are always trying to get the word out to area residents to bring their gently worn or never worn clothing and housewares to us,” she said. “We can’t sell it if we don’t have it.”
In looking ahead, Judy Hansen, board secretary, said they believe their recent expansion will position them for long-term, sustainable success.
“We are fully using our new sorting room and the expanded retail space,” said Hansen, who said the addition increased their space by more than 1,000 square feet. “The retail portion looks like it’s always been there.”
According to Philbrook, though, the unsung heroes of The Fabulous Find are members from the community.
“This really humbles us,” she said. “None of this ever would have happened were it not for all of the community support we had since the very beginning. We thank all of you.”