By Mike Steely
What makes the God’s Place Thrift Store in South Knoxville different?
Aside from having a wide variety to items, from clothing to furniture, God’s Place is an outreach of God’s Place Church. Pastor Tim Macklin was a drug addict, criminal, and to the point of death from an injury and addiction. He started a Bible Study in jail and, when released, changed his life and founded God’s Place Church
“I have an awesome wife and family that supports me,” Macklin’s brochure at the store recalls. He thanks God for placing him over “two successful businesses, a thrift store, several work trucks, a whole-way house and two homes that help support the ministry.”
His mother, Vickie Johnson, runs the thrift store and proceeds go to the ministry and feeding the homeless. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Located at 6110 Chapman Highway, the store can also be found on Facebook or called at (865) 604-8077.
“All our clothing is donated and on Fridays you can get a bag of clothing for only $2. I buy most of the furniture at yard sales, auctions, etc.” she said.
“Our shoes are just $2. Every 4th Saturday we host needy people at on Beaumont Avenue at the church and not only give them food but clothing as well,” she said.
You will hear gospel music during a walkthrough of the store and see a wide choice of not only clothing and furniture but dolls, housewares, books, video tapes and much more.
“We have very low prices,” Vickie said, adding, “We have a little bit of everything.”
What God’s Place Thrift Store also offers is a prayer for anyone who requests it. There’s also a prayer request box and Vickie said, “We pray over it several times a day.”
“Come in for prayer,” is the very meaningful slogan at God’s Place Thrift Store.