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Whistle Stop benefits JBLE community

By Senior Airman Delaney Gonzales 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs


The Whistle Stop thrift store offers a multitude of services for the Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia community. The thrift store not only provides affordable goods to its customers, it also supports programs that benefits installation members and their families.


“We are overseen by the Fort Eustis Spouses Club,” said Brianne Ingwersen, Whistle Stop manager. “The majority of our profits go to scholarship programs and community outreach programs.”


The store offers a large selection of inventory in an attempt to support any need a customer may have.


“We carry a wide variety of items to include furniture, clothing, electronics, houseware, sporting goods, military uniforms, boots, patches, everything that you need,” Ingwersen said.


Ingwersen explained how the Whistle Stop is understanding of unique financial situations and wants to support its customers during their time of need.


“We even offer financial relief to members who are going through difficult times,” Ingwersen said. “Prices are negotiable and we are happy to help out the community.”


The store’s hours are as follows:


Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Every first Saturday of the month: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


The store is available for consignment Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


“For consignment, people can bring in their items, we price it for them and sell it for them,” Ingwersen said. “We keep a small portion of the profit to support our community outreach programs and the rest goes to the seller.”


The thrift store also offers volunteer opportunities to its community members.


“We appreciate all the help we can get,” Ingwersen remarked. “We need people to aid with everyday chores such as cleaning, pricing and helping customers carry items out to their car. We have a lot of elderly customers so it is nice to have the extra help.”


The Whistle Stop team members encourages JBLE to see how the store can benefit their household.


“We are open to the public,” Ingwersen noted. “Anyone who can get on base can shop here. Come out and see what you can find at an affordable price.”


For more information about the Whistle Stop contact (757) 887-0190 or stop by the store located in the Morale, Welfare and Recreation building at 671 Lee Blvd. Fort Eustis, Virginia.

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