Then and Again Secondhand Store, located at 79 Shipping Place, is receiving the Milestone Award for their dedication and commitment to the community. Since they opened three years ago, they’ve forged partnerships with the Family Crisis Center and Soup for the Soul and work to create an affordable shopping experience for clients of all price ranges.
“The Historic Dundalk Town Center was a good spot for us because it filled a void in the center of the community,” Rachel Winkler, who owns Then and Again with her husband Mike Winkler, said. “When we opened, there was no store like us nearby. There are people who do not have transportation that either take the bus or walk to get to places that they need to go. Our store has drastically increased convenience for those people in our community.”
Then and Again owners, Mike and Rachel, deliver furniture to their clients and work with clients’ financial needs through lay-away programs. Rachel promotes childhood literacy by often including a free children’s book with purchase and keeping the cost of books low in the store.
During the pandemic Mike and Rachel helped their usual clients with trips to the grocery store and started an affordable clean out service for homes and offices. Often clients in need of cleaning out are downsizing for one reason or another and need assistance removing large pieces of furniture. That’s where Mike and Rachel come in. They also allow their clients to pay for part of their clean out furniture in furniture (with some guidelines).
Since opening in 2018, Then and Again has been able to expand to a separate furniture business, Take Me Home and More on German Hill Road.
“Dundalk is a family town. That spirt is what makes it a wonderful place to live. Mike and Rachel and their family are a perfect example of that spirit,” Nicholas Staigerwald, business development manager, said. “Seeing Then and Again grow and expand to a second location here in Dundalk has been a pleasure. That spirit of family touches everything they do, from working with Dundalk Renaissance to offer programming to local kinds, pricing clothing and houseware items so everyone has access to them, and even holding their wedding here in the HDTC.”