Bellingham Herald – December 26, 2014:

Arla Fowler had never been one to spend time shopping at garage sales, church rummage sales or thrift stores.

Until she reached her mid-60s, that is. That’s when Fowler, a retired elementary school teacher and librarian, began to volunteer at Wise Buys, the downtown Bellingham thrift store affiliated with Lydia Place.

Now, in her last month as volunteer manager of Wise Buys — although she will continue as a volunteer worker — she loves to spot, well, a wise buy at the store. There are literally thousands of them.