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Gold Mine Gets a Sprucing for That Next Gold Tooth, Bedouin Tent
Craig Barry checks out the entrance, which was being readied for a layer of concrete.
Friday, April 19, 2019


The trio shook their heads as they looked at the “Closed” sign at the Gold Mine.

“I’ll be gone by then,” the man lamented, as Craig Barry told him it would be reopening April 25.

The Gold Mine, among Sun Valley’s tourist attractions, is undergoing a week-long mini-facelift in conjunction with the Community Library’s two-year renovation.

Carpet layers laid down the new carpet not in a roll but in strips according to a blueprint.

In fact, the concrete being poured at the walkway entrance is serving as a test to see if the color would be a good match for the library’s entrance way.

“When we pulled up the walk way we found another underneath. That’s was kind of cool,” said Barry, the thrift store’s manager.

The new concrete walkway will allow the store to utilize a double door, rather than the single door it has been using. The walkway will also be level with the inside floor, which will make the store accessible to those using wheelchairs.

Inside, carpet layers are installing strips of Interface carpet over the old linoleum. If one piece gets stained or otherwise damaged, store employees can pull up that strip and replace it with another.

Project Manager Morley Golden checks out the carpet laying.

“The carpet utilizes recycled material so that’s good,” said Barry, who used to head up Ketchum’s Environmental Resource Center.

A new maple slat wall is being installed in the front room, which will allow staff to hang items to better display them. One of the changing rooms will be rebuilt to be ADA compliant.

And in time the Gold Mine will build unisex restrooms that are also wheelchair accessible, similar to the new restrooms in the library.

About 210,000 shoppers pass through the Gold Mine each year, said Barry. They handled 400,000 items last year with the average price per item coming in under $8.

Kay Mara and other employees are busying themselves sorting through spring clothes while the store is closed.

The store covers just over 45 percent of the library’s operating expenses.

It’s sold everything from a Bedouin tent donated by a Saudi Arabian to a lot of ball caps with humorous slogans. And “some pretty cool old Sun Valley books, according to Barry.

Ski clothing was hot this past winter.

Perhaps the most unusual thing donated to the store since Barry took over is a gold tooth. Employees didn’t sell that to customers--they sold it on the gold market.

Watch for these babies to go on sale.

Waiting to take their place on the shelves when the store reopens next week are a sequined Christian Dior hat and a collection of bicycles and fishing rods.

“We saw an uptick in sales this past year, like other retailers,” said Barry. “Strong tourist numbers benefitting the bottom line.”


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