‘The Nordstrom of thrift shops’

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‘The Nordstrom of thrift shops’

When customers enter Grannies’ Attic Thrift Store in Puyallup, they are struck immediately with the cleanliness of the store and the friendliness of the all-volunteer staff.
“They call us the Nordstrom of gift shops,” said Pam Scholer, a longtime volunteer at Grannie’s.
Grannies’ Attic falls under Celebrate Seniority, a MultiCare Health System member program of education and outreach that has three focuses for adults 55 and better – volunteerism, healthy living and social events, said Deborah Gurney, MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Celebrate Seniority supervisor.

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News

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Lifestyles

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Health

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Product Showcase

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