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A one-of-a-kind consignment shop in Progreso is helping local people buy quality goods at affordable prices.  Ramona Robinson and Connie Lough opened This n’ That last June on Calle 25, between 36 and 34 in Progreso.

They stock donated or consignment recycled household items and gently-used clothing plus gardening tools, exercise equipment and swimming gear.

It’s a win-win situation for Canadian and American seasonal visitors and expats.

They can find reasonable housekeeping items to set up a new residence or for short-term stays and turn them back in when they head north again.

In one room, the two have creatively arranged kitchen, bedroom and bath items,

In another, there are shoes and men’s and women’s clothing.

This n’That  also offers a kitchen rental package that includes glasses, flatware, dishes and pots and pans. Cost is $1,500 P for three months.

“We’re supporting the community by offering gently used items at fair prices,” says Connie.

And many who opt for consignment want the sale money to go to local charities,” adds Ramona.

There are now 51 consigners including local and expats and seasonal residents.

They also have had items donated from estates when people have died.

Both say the late Reina Docherty was an enormous help when they were  getting started last summer.

She was a big supporter who offered many ideas often stopping by two to three times a week, says Connie.

She got me a contract and pricing gun, says Ramona.

The women tithe 10 per cent of shop sales to Jesus Presbyterian Church in Progreso.

Submitted by Suzanne Bourret.