An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony recently celebrated the launching
of Berlin’s newest bargain hunters’ paradise, the Atlantic
General Hospital Thrift Shop.
Located in the Berlin Shopping Center near Save-A-Lot, the thrift shop
accepts gently used clothing and household items and sells them at deep
discounts. Anyone is welcome, from shoppers looking for a real bargain
to those who are unable to buy clothes at regular price.
“We’re filling a real need in the community,” said B.J.
Cohen of the Atlantic General Hospital Auxiliary, who is co-chair of the
committee in charge of the thrift store. “We’re providing
such nice things and at really low prices that everyone can afford.”
“I love working here and helping out the customers,” said
Grace Smearman a volunteer and board member for the thrift shop, “Everyone
who has come in has been so nice. I remember in December we sold a lady
a black velvet dress and a scarf for $4.00. It was going to be her Christmas
outfit; just $4.00. She was so happy. And all the proceeds go to Atlantic
General Hospital, so they can keep providing the healthcare services the
area’s citizens need.”
The thrift shop, a dream of the hospital’s auxiliary members, took
months of planning and hard work to create. The volunteers visited other
thrift stores to get more ideas about what does and does not work, and
began renovating one of the shopping center’s store fronts, formerly
In late November 2005, a team of volunteers began to transform the old
Laundromat into the boutique it is today. In December of 2005 the thrift
shop began accepting donations, and by late January, they were in business.
Now, the store’s volunteer staff is busy from opening to closing,
accepting donations and assisting customers with their purchases. For
more information about what donations are accepted, please call the Thrift
Shop at 410-629-1447. The shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1. The AGH Thrift Shop has something for everyone, including a boutique
section of reasonably priced apparel.
2. An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held recently to celebrate
the opening of the Atlantic General Hospital Thrift Shop located in the
Berlin Shopping Center. From left: Emma Fralley, Thrift Shop board member;
Marge DeNenna, Thrift Shop volunteer; Irma Molloy, Thrift Shop board member;
Edna Smith, AGH volunteer; Tom Cardinale, Mayor of Berlin; Michael Franklin,
president and CEO of Atlantic General Hospital; Jim Mathias, Mayor of
Ocean City; Tom Cetola, Worcester County Commissioner; Bennett Bozman,
Maryland State Delegate; William Outten, president elect of the Berlin
Chamber of Commerce.