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Peterborough’s Serendipity Shop closed until further notice

  • The Serendipity Shop in Peterborough has been closed since mid-January after recevjng major flood damage. COURTESY PHOTO



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, February 05, 2018 7:19PM

The Serendipity Shop at Peterborough’s All Saints’ Church is closed until further notice due to flooding caused by recent ice dams. 

The Contoocook River flood waters from the ice jam further downstream on Jan. 13 made its way into the Serendipity Shop, located below Reynold’s Hall on Concord Street, and damaged the consignment shop contents, according to Gretchen Rae, project coordinator for the church.

“The Serendipity Shop has been providing much-needed money into our community since 1963,” said Rae.

The percentage taken by the Serendipity Shop for sales annually supports many social service agencies such as the Peterborough Food Pantry, Monadnock Early Learning Center, MATS and Monadnock Worksource.  

The flood waters receded quickly but the contents of the shop sustained water damage and the shop needed to close during drying and repair efforts, and will remain closed until further notice.

Rae said that the flooring and walls will have to be replaced, and some new shelving units re-installed, in addition to cookware and shoes which were stored close to ground level being totally ruined by the water. Most of the shop’s contents have been able to be salvaged and stored in a shipping container obtained for the purpose. 

All Saints' Church and the board members of the Serendipity Shop met for a planning meeting on Monday and said that a reopen date is on the horizon, but an exact date is unknown.

“This shop closure is only temporary and the many volunteers of the Serendipity Shop are committed to bringing this valuable consignment shop back and continue to support the many receiving organizations from the earned funds,” Rae said. 

A projected reopen date is still yet to be determined but leadership volunteers are encouraging volunteers to step up now. Contact Elizabeth Collins at 654-9627 or reach out through the shop’s Facebook page to get onto the shop's email list for updated information and a reopen date.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.