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What's up with this? An attic in the basement! You'll find it in Building 60 on Arsenal Island.

The Arsenal Attic Thrift Shop and Boutique opened in 1975 and is staffed by volunteers. At one time it was located in an attic but has since moved to its present location.

From purses to blouses, shoes to winter coats, all reasonably priced.  The items are either donated or sold on consignment.

What's really special is that a portion of the proceeds from sales help with the cost of education for the children of civilian and military personnel on the island. Last year, the thrift shop donated about nine thousand dollars in scholarship money.

Micaela Terronez received a thousand dollars. She used the money to help pay for tuition and room and board at Augustana College. Kelsey Meden was awarded fifteen hundred dollars. She is attending classes at a college in Georgia.

The scholarships are awarded to high school seniors and continuing education students.

The thrift shop is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-3pm. It is also open on the third Saturday of each month.

All of the proceeds from the sale of donated items are used to fund scholarships. Thirty percent of consignment sales go toward the scholarship fund.

A scholarship committee determines who gets how much money. The selections are  based on a student's grades, SAT Scores, and community service. The thrift shop and boutique operates under the guidance of the Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club.  

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