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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 29, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, January 29, 1975 CUSTOMER MADELINE GOODRIDER MAKES PURCHASE AT Y'S SHOP, TENDED BY VOLUNTEERS VERDA ROSS, LEFT, AND BLANCHE ELLIOT The price is right at 'New To You Shop' By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor They're having 'a sale of sales' at the New To You Shop. Blouses, 25 cents; shirts, 50 cents; dresses, J1.50 and those are the regular prices. Sale priced items are slashed in half, giving us blouses for 13 cents, shirts for 50 cents. What prices have the store's owners 'gone bananas'? Not at all. The YWCA, owner operator of the New To You Shop for the last 20 years, has a very sane motive for keeping overhead and prices ridiculously low. Firt of all, the shop, located at 415 2nd Ave. S., is a charitable organization, dependent totally on donations for its merchandise and on volunteers for its staff. Aside from answering ecological concerns the shop could be said to re cycle used clothing and household goods the New To You provides a definite community service, giv- ing bargain hunters and people on limited budgets a low-priced alternative in an area of astronomical increases in clothing costs. And, because of donors and volunteers' loyalty, the YMCA benefits as well all proceeds go to support YM pro- jects and programs. Jean Findlay, one of the shop's three co ordinators, says that while the shop's present location is a bit out of the way, and in what some people term an un- fashionable neighborhood, business is generally good. And the price is right the YM pays only rent for the two small rooms in which the sorting, labelling, buying and selling of used items goes on. "We don't want to pay rent that's too exorbitant, and we like to stay says Mrs. Findlay. "People get used to us." In past years, the store operated on the north side of the city and in another south side location; after beginning in the YM basement. Even though the shop is only open afternoons from 1 to last year the New To You gross- ed and cleared over Aside from the rent, the shop's only other expenses are utilities and supplies mainly paper and pins for price tags. "We get all our friends in- says Mrs. Findlay of the volunteers. "We have about 45 people that come in one after- noon once a month, and another 14 or so who fill in during emergencies. But we could use more volunteers anyone in- terested should leave their name at tKe YWCA office." Blanche Elliott and Verda Ross, in their second and third years respectively as New To You volunteers, say they don't find donating one day a month to the shop a bother at all. "We just know when it's our day and we always plan to be says Mrs. Elliott. "One thing about this jokes Mrs. Ross, "the staff never strikes for higher wages." The women say the shop's clientele cuts across all age brackets, both sexes and various economic levels. Customers include young peo- ple who think Vre cycled" and older clothes are camp, thrifty mothers looking for clothes for fast growing children and peo- ple who cannot afford the prices in traditional retail outlets. "Some people even come in, buy some of our things and make quilt squares out of adds Mrs. Findlay. As for donations, "people bring us everything but live she adds. "Jewellery, household and kitchen utensils, skates, dishes, records, books and clothing in larger lists Mrs. Findlay, "are the items that sell well and which we can always use more of." "And paper she adds. "We all donate our extras, but we're always short of bags." Although the shop doesn't want to sound picky, prospective donors are urged to bring in only items in "useable" condition. "We ask that they be clean and in good says Mrs. Fin- but those words may mean different things to different people. Sometimes the children's clothing we get is just too worn to be useful. And the women's clothes are sometimes very much out of style." Donors can drop off their donations at the shop if they wish, or call the YW and a volunteer will collect the items. Fur coats selling from to are the store's best selling items: supply doesn't keep up with the demand. Used shoes are the one of the shop's least purchased item. The New To You Shop is operated under the ,YW's auspices through a 10 member committee which meets once a month to set general ad- ministrative policy. Mrs. Findlay's volunteers have stumbled upon a bit of merchan- dising psychology which might be of interest to other retailers: leave a few counters of goods churned up and messy: it gives customers a chance to indulge their rummaging instinct. REDUCTION SALE SAVE REDUCTlbNS TO PRICE This week, prior to slock taking we are featuring tremendous inventory reductions of current merchandise to make way for new spring arrivals DRESSES, COATS, PANT COATS, BRAND NAME SPORTSWEAR, CO-ORDINATES and PANT SUITS PANT SUITS COATS-FUR FABRIC to off HOUSE COATS and HOSTESS WEAR 1 off FORMAIS, LONG DRESSES, IONO SKIRTS 1 off USf YOUH IITIY SHOf FASHION ACCOUNT betty Belly dancing excellent form of exercising OTTAWA (CP) Fitness- conscious women bored with just plain exercising might try belly dancing: Randi Cherry, who teaches belly dancing to 100 women in five classes, plays down the burlesque and nightclub con- notations of this art form. "Belly dancing is mainly a good way to get the mind and body she said. When done properly belly dancing is described as a series of movements that can be graceful, flowing, winding and erotic. Mrs. said many of the women in her classes want to try something different and for most of them it is a fascinating experience. She said learning to'control the muscles in the body is the most important aspect of bel- ly dancing. One woman in her 30s said she had reduced her waistline by two and a half inches since she began the course three -months earlier. Aerona Lubbert said she had tried fitness programs before but found none of them as successful or as stimulating. EXERCISES BORING "Plain exercising'is boring, which is why no one stays with she said. "This has been interesting as well as physically demanding." Mrs. Cherry also teaches the history of the dance and helps her students make their own costumes. She said belly dancing may have been origi- nated to assist in the ritual of childbirth since many of the movements are similar to contractions. The dance instructor said belly dancing and yogi can complement each other, not- ing that much of the same dis- cipline is required. "I don't think North Ameri- can people are really ready for the theory of yoga and would be much better with something like she said. Dear-Ann Landers: You printed a letter from a woman who was gypped by a company that advertised they could enlarge her bustline. That letter was the major topic of conversation at a meeting I attended recently. I was amazed that so many women were truly concerned about the size of their breasts- and arguing the merits of various techniques for enlarg- ing same including surgery. One woman (who was more than amply turned to me and said, "Isn't this conversation ridiculous? What good are voluptuous bosoms if a woman's mind is flat and small? Isn't that an insult to a man's Please comment. Average And Content Dear A and C: Unfor- tunately, dear, most men can see better than they can think. Dear Ann Landers: I have held off writing for months hoping someone else would send you my problem, and to- day I saw it. I am in total sym- pathy with the woman whose minister husband didn't want any more sex. My husband thinks the same way and he's no minister. Far from it. We enjoyed sex tot over 30 years, then suddenly he went completely impotent. This happened a year ago. He gets angry if I mention my needs. Finally he went to a doctor alone. The doctor said he was O.K. physically and gave him some pills. They didn't help. Now my husband thinks I should "forget it." But I am being destroyed by his rejec- tion. He doesn't show any affection whatever. I can find no proof that he is running around. But it doesn't make sense that a man who has en- joyed sex for 30 years should drop it like a hot potato. quits on their sex life? Married In Name Only Dear Name Only: Maybe you'll find your answer in the next letter. It's there. Dear Ann: This letter is in regard to the woman who divorced her husband because he became impotent at 42. The same thing could have happened to me, had it not been for my wife. She became more 'affec- tionate and understanding than ever before. She turned into the aggressor and showed me that we could still have a satisfactory sex life in spite of my impotence. At first I was quite passive. Then I began to be the giver as well as the receiver. Many women don't realize that a man's sexual desires don't vanish just because he becomes impotent. Nor should the wife feel that she is unattractive to him and therefore responsible for the problem. But some women know what to do about it and some don't. Lucky for me, mine did. A psychiatrist wasn't able to help me, but my wife, with her 10th grade education, was an expert on this serious marital problem. I might add, I.am still impotent, but happy, satisfied, and more in love with my wife than ever. Most Happy Fella Dear Fella: That was a most timely letter. I hope the woman who wrote ahead of you can read between the lines and get the message. It's a good one and it could save her marriage. Thanks for writing. My anxiety is showing in my work. I have thought of divorce. What do other women do when their partner (at 50 years of age) wants to call it THE BETTER HALF It's not always easy to recognize love, especially the first time around. Acquaint yourself with the guidelines. Read Ann Landers's booklet, "Love or Sex and How To Tell the Difference." For a copy, mall SO cents in coin and a long, stamped, self address- ed envelope with your request to Ann Landers, P.O. Box 1400, Elgin, Illinois 60120. By Barnes "May I have someone carry them to my car? All our employees are fully bonded." LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE 1234-3rd North RIOULAR WID. NIGHT BINOO 8 P.M. H GAMES DOUBLE MONEY CMOS-MANY this Week's Jackpot in 54 S CAMS SI SI CAMS PAY MUUE DOM PRIZE _________Wo one under 16 years allowed to play! AFTERNOON BINGO HOOH HALL-1234 3rd Av.. North t Onfc DOUMJO WMklr J.ckpol-IMn.-Fra, Canto Sponsored by The Moose Lodge No ChlMnn Undtf n AHoiwd lo 'the Carpet People' NOW OPEN at 508 3rd Ave. S. 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