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Getting thrifty at the B-One Yard Store

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. -- The B-One Yard and Consignment store has been in the business of providing Airmen savings on household goods for more than five years.

While its primary purpose is to function as a non-profit thrift shop, it also offers various programs designed to provide savings for active duty members and their families.

The store offers eligible Airmen resources ranging from a loan closet, which offers necessary household items, to a car seat program that provides Airmen one free convertible infant car seat per child.

During a tour of the store, Airman 1st Class Darci Brown, 28th Comptroller Squadron financial management analyst, said, "I didn't realize how wide a selection of items is offered here, the programs are definitely going to help me save money."

A variety of items, ranging from household goods to gently used clothing, are available for sale at the store.

In addition to providing savings and lending opportunities to Airmen, the store has also donated over $9,500 in scholarships and $3,000 in free merchandise to Airmen this year.

"We try our very best to accommodate the needs of Airmen and their families," said Brenda Eiman, B-One Yard Thrift and Consignment Store manager. "Not only can they purchase items, but they can also sell items they don't want or use anymore."

Since the store is a non-profit organization and is primarily ran by volunteers, the B-One Yard staff encourages Airmen to donate their time during store hours.

"We would love more Airmen to come out and volunteer," said Eiman. "It's really easy, any time we are open, anyone can just come in and start helping out."

Eiman added that even if Airmen do not necessarily find what they are looking for, they can check back periodically because new items are routinely added to the store's inventory.

"The thrift store is a very valuable asset to Airmen on base," said Brown. "I know that I'll definitely be back to take advantage of the great services they provide."

Operating hours are Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find out more information, or to volunteer, call Eiman at (605) 385-5383.