Church Mouse hopes to raise $1M this sea­son

Re­sale shop will re­open Mon­day with re­cep­tion.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By CARLA TRIV­INO

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-

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