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Store helps teachers stock up and save

Erica Holm was tired of seeing her old teaching supplies piling up in the garage when she got a plan — a consignment shop for teachers.

On Aug. 22, 2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten will open for teachers, parents and tutors who want to stock up on educational materials for a low price.

The store, located on Pacific Highway South between Arthur Murray Dance Studio and Discover Rims, is stocked with supplies like books, costumes, games and magnetic letters.

"I figure anything that helps kids learn," Holm said.

Visitors to the store will be treated to fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There is a children's play area to keep young ones occupied. Folks are encouraged to stay and hang out on a couch in the reading area.

"I wanted a place where they could be relaxed," Holm said. "I think teachers need to be spoiled."

All items in the store are in near-new condition and marked down between 20 percent and 50 percent from the original purchase price.

Saving money on materials is important for teachers, said Holm, a former teacher. In her years in the classroom, Holm spent nearly $1,000 annually on supplies. That was a bit excessive, she said. But many teachers spend $500 of their personal money each year on school supplies.

Holm also plans to keep a bulletin board where teachers can post supplies they need, such as shoe boxes for dioramas.

Contact Margo Horner: mhorner@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

2 Good 2 Be 4 Gotten will open Aug. 22 at 32700 Pacific Highway South, just south of 324th Street. For more information, visit www.comcast.net/~2good2be4gotten or call (253) 838-1228.

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