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Shopping makes a difference at Do Good Goods

Deborah Peterson • May 30, 2018 at 10:30 AM

It is often said that charity begins at home, but at Do Good GOODS, it begins when you shop.

The new upscale retail and consignment boutique in Kingsport offers the unique opportunity to combine shopping with sharing. According to owner Lori Jones, between 10 to 60 percent of everything sold at the store goes to charity. Consignors (those who offer items for sale) can choose from a list of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to donate to, such as Honor Flight, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, Samaritan’s Purse, Sullivan County Animal Shelter, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and many more. Consignors with Do Good GOODS agree to give up five percent of their cut, but can choose to give more. The shop also contributes a percentage.

“A portion of everything we sell goes to a charity, including a portion of the retail items that the store purchases,” Lori explained.

One charity especially dear to Lori’s heart is the Honor Flight organization. In April 2017, she had the privilege of being a guardian to a Korean War veteran as he and 20 other veterans made the trip to Washington D.C. to see the monuments. “I am a patriot and I love this country,” she said. “I love the bravery, sacrifice, and those who did so much and are honored so little.” To honor those in the military, Lori set up a striking ‘military corner’ in the store. Patriotic décor surrounds a lovely library table equipped with thank you cards and stationery. Customers are invited to write a note of thanks and encouragement to a service member or veteran.

Lori calls the business her “heart work.” She said, “I really have a tremendous desire to put more goodness into the world and to help enable others to do good as well.” As she began to explore the possibility of opening a boutique, Lori said that all of the details miraculously fell into place. From the choosing of the site to the ordering of the sign, she saw God’s hand in it all.

“There is nothing in this store you can touch that is not a miracle,” she said. The most notable miracle involved the purchase of the outdoor sign. A friend was impressed to give Lori a donation towards the cost of the sign. When she went to get the money, she discovered that she had twice as much as she thought. The amount turned out to be the exact amount needed for the sign. “We had a very unusual miracle! I can’t let something this amazing happen and not at least share it,” Lori exclaimed. She added, “There will be thousands of people that travel down Wilcox every day, and everyone who reads that special sign will be reminded to do good!”

A long-time consignment shopper, Lori said most of the clothing she owns is from a consignment rack. “I love clothes but don’t like big prices, and I love finding good deals,” she said.

Lori doesn’t see herself as a competitor to other local consignment shops. “There are some wonderful consignment stores in the area, and I don’t want to take away from others,” she said. “We have a lot of different items, such as antiques, collectibles, furnishings, household goods and some very unique, name-brand women’s clothing; a lot of it new,” she explained. “Do Good GOODS carries higher-end name brands to keep that quality high; it’s not a thrift store.”

A resident of Hiltons, Virginia, Lori was raised on a farm where her family operated a nursery and landscaping business. Lori said she grew up learning about customer service and business. “My parents are the best two people that I know and are both very intelligent,” she said. Her brother also runs a successful business, so Lori is joining the family tradition. Four dedicated part-time employees assist Lori, while she continues to work at Eastman Chemical Company. An employee of Eastman for 28 years, Lori is a Principal Team Manager in the Maintenance Division.

Lori’s business motto, found in 1 Timothy 6:18, can be seen displayed throughout the store: “Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.” The public is invited to join Do Good GOODS in the quest to make a positive difference. Do Good GOODS opened its doors on Good Friday, but will have its grand opening June 8-9 complete with door prizes and refreshments. The store is located at 935 Wilcox Drive, Suite 135, and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, call (423) 378-GOOD or email [email protected]

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