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Erin Beil/staff photo The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Silverdale donates all proceeds to cancer research and receives all of its items through donations. Pauleen McBeth is the volunteer co-chairwoman for the Silverdale store.  - Photo by Erin Beil
Erin Beil/staff photo The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Silverdale donates all proceeds to cancer research and receives all of its items through donations. Pauleen McBeth is the volunteer co-chairwoman for the Silverdale store.
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Whether it’s a friendly face, new threads or simply the thought of donating to a good cause, the American Cancer Society (ASC) Discovery Shop in Silverdale is the place to go for high quality consignment goods.

The Discovery Shop, located at 10600 Silverdale Way, has been a part of the Silverdale community for more than five years.

The store’s volunteers are currently gearing up one of its largest sales of the year. The shop is offering a half-off sale on all merchandise from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2 to Saturday, Aug. 4. All proceeds from items sold are directly donated to the American Cancer Society for cancer research.

“Except rent and utility costs, all money goes to cancer research,” said Bill Lavernge, Discovery Shop division manager for Washington and Oregon.

“Every (item for sale) is donated ... We’re grateful for all donations.”

The ACS Discovery Shop, containing everything from housewares to books, shoes to fine jewelry or clothing to stuffed animals, can accommodate everyone. Packed full with collectibles and antiques, every item is tested, cleaned, sorted, tagged and priced before it is placed on the floor for sale.

Romance, westerns and novels of all sorts also are a favorite for customers. Lavernge added that the store in Silverdale is completely run by a staff of 39 volunteers.

Although the big half-off sale only happens twice a year, Lavernge said there are always items on sale at the store.

“Every week, something is on sale,” he added with a laugh.

Since the ACS Discovery Shop opened five years ago, Lavernge said the store has brought in more than $987,000 in donations.

“Most of the volunteers have survived or have had cancer in their families or have been touched by cancer,” Lavernge said. “Many people come in (the Discovery Shop) for the social aspect ... you should be able to discover something new every time you come into the shop.”

Pauleen McBeth, volunteer and co-chair of the shop, said the store is currently very full.

Although donations are always needed, the shop does not accept merchandise donations from the 24th to the first of every month so volunteers can catch up on the scores of donations that come in each month.

“It’s lots of fun but also lots of work,” McBeth added with a smile.

Although items are constantly being accepted, they are only on the floor for 90 days before they are pulled and given to other organizations to make room for newly donated merchandise.

McBeth added that volunteers are always welcome and needed to help keep the store open and running.

Volunteer shifts are broken up into four-hour periods, although more hours and shifts can be worked during the week.

“If people don’t show up (to volunteer), we have to close the store,” McBeth added. “

For more information on ACS Discovery Shop in Silverdale or volunteer, call (360) 613-4139.

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