When Amanda Jaramillo’s sister-in-law Kyle Konop was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018, she was moved to do something to help.
“I had a benefit garage sale for her and made $2,800,” Jaramillo said. “All the money went to help her and my brother because they lost her income due to the cancer.”
Jaramillo started Angels Joining Forces, which is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) thrift and consignment store.
Jaramillo opened her first thrift store in Forest Lake and moved it to Stacy in July because she needed more space.
When people come into the thrift store, they are greeted by Jaramillo’s service dog, Nova, a 10-month-old black lab who is constantly by her side.
“Nova might bark when people first come into the store, but he is harmless. If people get scared, I just bring him behind the counter with me,” Jaramillo said. “I just want people to know that we are open six days a week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We are closed on Mondays.”
Angels Joining Forces has received many donations and offers a variety of items for people to buy at reasonable prices, according to Jaramillo.
“We have everything from home décor, dishes, clothes, shoes, blankets, antiques, ice skates, roller blades, knick knacks, carpet and much more,” Jaramillo said. “We even have a nice dining room table and a shower door that was donated. Our store has a little bit of everything and has something for everyone.”
Jaramillo is also the owner of AJ’s Custom Engraving and people can see some of her unique work in the thrift store.
“We do custom laser engraving. Materials include wood, acrylic, glass, painted metals, and slate,” Jaramillo said. “We are unable to engrave on metal unless it is painted. We do wood signs, plaques, mirrors, drinking glasses, mugs, flasks and key chains.”
Jaramillo’s goal is to have some regular volunteers until she gets some grants to help run Angels Joining Forces. Currently, she needs more volunteers to help out and hopes to eventually start making a profit.
“Eventually, profits will go to helping cancer patients and their families during hard times. We will help pay bills such as utilities, rent/mortgage payment, car payment and other things of need,” Jaramillo said. “We hope to lift some of the stress the family is feeling during these hard times. We will have an application and screening process.”
Jaramillo hopes people will spread the word, follow their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Angels.Joining.Forces and support their cause. People can contact Jaramillo at 763-310-5904 if they are interested in becoming a volunteer or would like to help raise funds for Angels Joining Forces.
The thrift store hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is located at 31040 Forest Blvd. in Stacy across from The Rustic Inn. People can follow Angels Joining Forces on their Facebook page and visit their website at https://angelsjoining.com.