Saturday. (The celebration started Friday) The shop turns 50 but it might as well be a celebration of the family behind the business. Originally started by Lorraine Shevlin in 1967 out of the basement of her family’s home, it has since been passed down to her daughter, Jan, and her husband Mark Hansen, and grown to a 5,000-square foot building. The number 50 holds a special significance as well in the business’ history. Shevlin started the business with $50, Jan said. As an homage, clothes will be 50 percent off during the sale. Everything else will be 20 percent off. Also, Mary Frances purses will be on sale. Jan’s Thrift Shop is one of only four places that sell the unique purses that fetch hundreds of dollars. The Hansens got to name a Mary Frances purse 11 years ago.

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