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MT. SION ILL. (WAND) – Americans are watching their spending more closely. With inflation nearing 9%, this affects day-to-day expenses like groceries and gas, forcing people to cut spending. But, this new venture hopes to give Macon County a bridge against those high prices.

“…The economic times with gas prices and everything. Being able to kind of help give that back to the community, giving them the ability to buy things a little cheaper. Anyone can participate and find the treasures there. And it’s fun, saving is fun,” said Eric Neill.

The Sunk’n Trunk is a family-owned thrift store, run by Jennifer and Eric Neill, along with their three sons. They want to use this as an opportunity to give back.

“In our view, the purpose of a business is not to make money. The purpose of a business is to serve your local community and help people,” Neill said.

The Neill family say that once things are up and running, their goal is to choose a new charity each month and donate a percentage of their income. The store offers items ranging from furniture to clothing to appliances. The family shared that they were inspired by the many abandoned items.

“There was a lot of old stuff that ended up in landfills first. And that gives us a chance to go ahead and reuse some of that stuff and at a reduced price,” explained Eric Neill.

Today was the inauguration of the thrift store. Jennifer shares the hosting experience.

“The community has been very welcoming. They’re thrilled to have us here and we’ve had very positive feedback,” she said.

Jennifer says The Sunk’n Trunk is definitely a dream come true.

“My husband retired for 23 years in the Air Force and it’s just the right time to do it. And we’re just blessed that our boys can do it with us,” Jennifer told WAN News.

The Sunk’n Trunk says they are accepting donations during store hours. You can find this information and their address on their facebook page, The Sunk’n Trunk.

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