Thrift shop goodies and items unique in Payson contribute to the programs of the Mogollon Health Alliance, which in turn benefit the community.
The MHA has oversight of the Almost New Shop and the LaBoutique off the main lobby of Payson Regional Medical Center. Members of the hospital auxiliary, the Pink Ladies and Men in Maroon Vests, operate both.
The Almost New Shop is at 304 E. Aero Drive, Payson. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday.
The Almost New Shop thrives on community donations and is supported by the many hours worked by MHA Auxiliary volunteers.
Items available in the shop change almost daily. Furniture, dishes, jewelry, small appliances, clothing for men, women and children, toys, linens, books and other media can be found in the main rooms of the store and two garages.
Donations may be dropped off during regular hours of operation. Receipts are available by request.
Deliveries are available to Payson addresses only by appointment. There is a $15 fee for this service.
On the first Monday of every month, the Almost New Shop has a $1 Bag Sale. Shoppers can select from hundreds of clothes, shoes, belts, etc. — anything else that can be worn (except jewelry) and fit into one of the shop’s bags can be purchased for just $1. The volunteer auxiliary for the hospital has been active since the 1950s when members began hosting rummage sales. In 1968, a year after the four-lane Beeline Highway (State Route 87) through Payson was completed, the hospital auxiliary opened the first Almost New Shop on Main Street across from the Oxbow Inn.
In the mid-1980s Mrs. Lucinda Hathaway bequeathed property for the present Almost New Shop (Steve Hathaway served as president of the hospital board from 1953 to 1968).
To learn more, call (928) 468-5515.
What do you know about the Hospital Gift Shop also known as LaBoutique?
Did you know the original shop was in the old wing — then called Pyle Memorial Hospital, operated by the original auxiliary Pink Ladies and under the name LaPetite?
The money from its sales then went into the hospital for needed equipment and other necessary articles used by the original hospital.
The money raised now goes back into the community, but under the wing of Mogollon Health Alliance. It is now known as LaBoutique and features gift items and goodies for all.
Recently it underwent a refurbishing and has many gift items only available in Payson. It is open to everyone. All funds raised go back into programs relating to health and education. For example, the gift shop revenue is used for health scholarships, free CPR classes, presenting both the Community Health and Care Fair and the Women’s Wellness Forum, and the hospital’s Healthy Woman program.