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An 18-karat mon­key brooch with sap­phire eyes and a di­a­mond belly but­ton is Al­varez’s per­sonal fa­vorite item, she said. The item is ex­pected to be priced in the thou­sands, but a fi­nal cost hasn’t been set.

One gem­stone in­lay ta­ble made in Italy was orig­i­nally pur­chased at $7,000 but is be­ing sold for $2,500, Al­varez said. Her­mès and Ar­mani ties are avail­able for $25. Other de­signer tags that can be found in­clude St. John, Lilly Pulitzer, Gucci, Valentino and Chanel. There are also items priced as low as $5, Al­varez said.

“You al­ways find a trea­sure at the Church Mouse,” man­ager Coy Ries­tra said.

When the vol­un­teer-run store first set up on the South County Road near Town Hall, it was just one of the stores in the build­ing. Over the years, prof­its have grown and the store has ex­panded into the rest of the build­ing, with their mer­chan­dise now cov­er­ing 4,500 square feet.

Last year, the store do­nated $450,000 to out­reach projects through­out the com­mu­nity, and this year, the Church Mouse team plans to do­nate the same amount, said Fred Sta­ley, an as­so­ciate for ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Pro­ceeds go to­ward ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, shel­ters and food pantries through­out Palm Beach County, Sta­ley said.

“The pro­ceeds from the Church Mouse pro­vide the pri­mary source of funds used by the Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea to serve peo­ple in need around the cor­ner and around the world,” said the Rev. James Har­lan, rec­tor of the church.

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