Church Mouse hopes to raise $1M this season
Resale shop will reopen Monday with reception.
The island’s favorite mouse is back. The Church Mouse reopens Monday and is ready to show off its latest haul of treasures.
For 49 years, the resale shop has provided great prices in top designer and vintage items.
Since its inception, the Church Mouse has donated more than $10 million from its sales to charities through The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea Outreach Ministry. The church uses the money raised through store sales for educational programs, scholarships, pantries and shelters in the community. So far in 2018, the shop has raised $500,000, but the seasonal goal is $1 million.
“We usually get very close, but not quite there,” said Daisy Alvarez, the store manager. “This year, I think will be the year.”
The annual reopening is often greeted by lines of customers waiting outside. This year, shoppers can find lots of vintage jewelry including Chanel pieces, vintage Louis Vuitton luggage and trunks, Hermès scarves, and shoes from Salvatore Ferragamo and Christian Louboutin.
“Every year, I think I’m not going to be able to top the last, but it does,” said Alva-