The Bragg N’ Barn Thrift Shop has been a Fort Bragg institution for decades. Located in one of the old mule barns on Woodruff Street in the historic district of Fort Bragg, the thrift shop houses clothing and household items sold at low prices to help military Families. These items are all donated or consigned from the community.
However, the Bragg N’ Barn is more than a thrift shop. The 6,144- square-foot store is a self supporting organization and the board of directors is made up of community volunteers. Their purpose, according to the Bragg N’ Barn website, is to “distribute monetary aid to military service-related organizations and local off-post community organizations whose activities directly impact the welfare of troops and their Families ...”
The Bragg N’ Barn fulfills their mission through a variety of ways. The shop holds Free Fridays for Soldiers, E-4 and below, and their Families. On the first Friday of each month, these lower enlisted service members can receive up to 10 donated clothing items.
“We support the lower enlisted,” Cindy Lamb, manager, said.
Yard sales are held throughout the year as well. For $5, shoppers can fill up paper grocery bags with items donated to the store. These “bag sales” are important for the thrift shop.
“All of the money (from the yard sales) funds the scholarships for kids to go to school,” Lamb said.
The scholarships are awarded every March for high school seniors and military spouses who are continuing their education into college. The scholarship opens up for applications beginning March 1. Applications can be downloaded at www.braggnbarn.com/scholarships.html. Applications are due March 31.
The Bragg N’ Barn reaches into the community by giving away welfare grants twice a year. These grants are awarded to non-profit organizations in the area to help fund projects that directly serve service members and their Families.
Recipients of past grants include Fayetteville Urban Ministries, Bowley Elementary PTA and Gold Star Teen Adventures. In 2015, the Bragg N’ Barn granted $55,008.79 to the community it helps to support. The spring 2019 grant closes Feb. 28. For more information or to apply for the grant, visit www.braggnbarn.com/grants.html.
The Bragg N’ Barn is open Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donations and consignments can be dropped off Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Visit www.braggnbarn.com to find a list of prohibited items and the rules and policies of consignments.