Project Milestone: Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe Celebrates Ground-breaking

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The UF Health-The Villages Hospital Auxiliary Foundation held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for the auxiliary’s Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe in downtown Lady Lake.

The new building will take the place of the original building which first housed a general store 100 years ago. Many businesses used the site over the last century including a feed store, sign shop, a family residence as well as the original general store.

Twelve years ago the property was taken over by The Villages Hospital Auxiliary Foundation to house Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe. When the shoppe opened in November 2008, 40 volunteers staffed the Shoppe. Today, 200 volunteers work six days a week to sort, clean,  price and display items for sale. Everything from clothes and accessories to furniture and household items are for sale at the 110 W. Lady Lake Blvd. location, which will remain open during the new building’s construction.

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On Monday night, Lady Lake commissioners have given support the revised plan for the expansion of the Ye Old Thrift Shoppe in Lady Lake – one that would spare the lives of historic live oak trees once lauded for their longevity. While this is not the final approval for the building, the commissioners have given no objection to the Ye Olde Thrift Shoppe expansion.

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