FAYETTEVILLE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Encore Thrift Shop was originally an idea by a former board member of the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association. The idea was proposed as a way to raise funds for the association year-round.
The shop opened in 2006 at a former Byrne Dairy in Manlius. However, space was limited at that location. Two years later, the shop was moved to its current location in Fayetteville. Encore Thrift Shop Manager, Sandy Rosenfeld, said it is amazing to see how far the shop has come.
“I think at first no one had any idea how it would succeed,” said Rosenfeld. “Our sales have increased beyond belief.”
In addition to the Encore Thrift Shop, the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association also hosts a variety of events throughout each year. Its signature fundraising event which takes place annually is Music Matters. During the last Music Matters, over $10,000 was raised to go towards grants.
While times were uncertain for everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic, things were especially limited for the music industry. The Encore Thrift Shop was unable to have shoppers in-store and the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association could not host in-person events. Additionally affected were nonprofit music groups supported by the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association, like Symphoria.
For much of the pandemic, Symphoria was unable to have concerts at all. Eventually, it was able to have virtual live-streamed concerts starting in September 2020, being one of the very few orchestras to have a full concert season that year.
Even through this uncertain time, the Encore Thrift Shop was able to raise funds for Symphoria and other organizations through an eBay shop. Symphoria’s corporate giving and annual fund manager, Kelly Covert, said that the Encore Thrift Shop’s help through Covid helped them get to where Symphoria is today as it celebrates its tenth anniversary season.
“I know through Covid they were really worried because they’re basically a retail shop, but they have this thriving eBay business,” said Covert. “This 10th anniversary feels like a momentous occasion and also like, okay what’s next?”