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Posted: Thursday, June 16, 2011 8:15 pm

If early sales numbers are any indication, the hottest new shopping destination in the northwest Valley might not be a “big box” retailer or hip specialty boutique. It may be the recently relocated Sun Health Resale and Gift Shop. 

The store’s registers have been ringing to the tune of a $3,500 profit during its first two months of operation – all of which will be directed to supporting West Valley health care.

The store, 14668 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City, along with its sister location in Sun City West, benefits programs and services at Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center, two key recipients of Sun Health Foundation funds.

“I have been doing retail for 30 years in both large and small companies,” said Susan Slezak, who serves as retail/resale manager for all of Sun Health’s resale and gift shops. “We never expect or forecast profitability within the first 12 months, so this is quite a big deal.”

Slezak said the hottest-selling items during the first two months at the new location have included gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, golf clubs, sporting goods, house wares and kitchen items. She noted furniture has been going fast, too.

“We’re always in need of high quality, gently used furniture,” she said.

Slezak said she believes a number of factors have contributed to the store’s early success, including Sun Health’s 40-plus-year reputation within the community, the shop’s spacious design and crew of volunteers, as well as its new, high-profile location.

“We only sell the best of the donations that come in,” she said. “Our prices are always highly competitive, and our proceeds support health care in the West Valley.”

Slezak said employees at both the Sun City and Sun City West location, 14445 R.H. Johnson Blvd., hope to build upon impressive existing sales by attracting customers from outside Sun Health’s primary service area. Target areas include Glendale, Peoria, Litchfield Park and Avondale. 

According to Slezak, both stores are always in need of donations of gently used items. Donations can be dropped off at both stores during regular business hours, and free local pickup is available on large items.

Call 623-815-7600 to schedule a pickup, or for details.

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