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Hole in the Wall Consignments

By Nick Chasse

With the colder months now upon us as temperatures continue to drop, you might find yourself sifting through your closets and wardrobes as you try and find something comfortable and warm enough to face the frigid New England weather. Now, it’s no secret that our style and taste changes throughout the years as we age and get older, but as trends fade out now may be a good time to think of repurposing some of your less worn items.

Having first opened their doors in 1968, Hole in the Wall is Guilford’s oldest and only non-profit consignment shop. Located just off Boston St, the store features everything from adult clothes and accessories, to unique pieces of houseware and furniture; all consigned or generously donated by the local community. With so many choices nowadays between which local cause or philanthropy to support, here are a few reasons as to why Hole in the Wall should be your first stop on your next downtown excursion.

First off, as previously stated, Hole in the Wall is one hundred percent non-profit, meaning that all proceeds are donated to a local cause or charity of their choice. However, since 1973 the shop has been operating exclusively for the benefit of Guilford’s own ABC House, helping to support academically gifted young women of color as they attend Guilford High School, with a large amount of support provided in part by Guilford's own residents.

For those who are unfamiliar with Guilford’s ABC program,  ABC stands for “A Better Chance”, and is a non-profit organization founded in 1963, designed to give young people of color access to quality educational programs, especially those who would otherwise not possess the ability to explore their full academic potential. Comprised of over 300 different programs nationwide, A Better Chance is often affiliated with private schools, with Guilford being one of the very first public schools associated with the program since the ABC House first began in 1974.

With such a strong sense of community, it is no surprise that the girls of the ABC House have always maintained such an active presence in our little town. If you are new to Guilford and have not had a chance to visit Hole in the Wall, spare a few minutes to pop your head in the next time you find yourself in the downtown vicinity. If you’re lucky, you might be able to meet one or two of the girls, as each of them takes a once-a-month shift at the shop when they are not working on schoolwork or extracurricular activities.

Hole in the Wall Consignments 
35 Boston Street, Guilford


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