By Heidi Zemach for SCN
A new local phenomenon, the “cash mob,” definitely did the trick for Ray’s Reusables owner and sole proprietor Ray Weaver. He says he was touched by the number of people who flooded the store all day Saturday to buy his items in order to help him out financially. Weaver had major surgery recently, and had to close down the business for a week, and shorten the hours that he could stay open. But his spirit and heart was lifted by the community support he received, as well as by the well wishes people had for him.
“It was a tremendous success, and it far exceeded anything I’d hoped for. I feel pretty blessed for all the people coming in and supporting the store,” he said.
Weaver has had to cut back hours for a while during his recovery, and has to take extreme care for what he does, he said. But if all goes well, he should be able to return to full swing in a couple of weeks.
Tuesday afternoon Ray’s parking area was full, and many customers asked after his health as they shopped. Featured this week were used Halloween costumes and decorations—just in time for the big event. As snowflakes and dust swirled through the air outside, creating a grayish haze over everything, there were also plenty of gently-used warm coats, boots, wool socks and mittens to be picked up inside at a major discount, to be better prepared for winter’s onset.
“I sure did miss this store when he was closed,” gushed shopper Donna Kelley. “I call it ‘my little treasure chest.’”
The cash mob was organized by Ray’s wife Kellee and two of her good friends.
Another cash mob was held recently for Becky Dunn, who owns Knot So Fast Feed store, at mile 3.5 outside of town. It was meant to help her out after flooding across the highway closed the store. “A big thank you to all who cash mobbed me,” Dunn commented on SCN. “It was nice to pay some of the bills after being closed for three weeks.”
There have also been cash mobs organized for the Sea Bean Cafe, and the Liberty Theater.