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Around Town: Pettigrew name returns as Assistance League Thrift Store relocates

April 30, 2014 Updated: April 30, 2014 at 11:49 am
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photo - Christine Gray and Phil Pettigrew, daughter and son of Mary Ellen Pettigrew, for whom the Assistance League building was dedicated.
041014 Photo by Linda Navarro
Christine Gray and Phil Pettigrew, daughter and son of Mary Ellen Pettigrew, for whom the Assistance League building was dedicated. 041014 Photo by Linda Navarro  

From 1947 to the mid-1980s, the building at 405 S. Nevada Ave. was Pettigrew Auction Co.

During that time, items to be auctioned were delivered throughout the week in preparation for Tuesday - which was auction day. From 8 a.m. until everything was sold, Tuesdays were a busy, exciting and exhausting sale day for the three Pettigrew brothers and their families.

Phil Pettigrew, son of the late auctioneer Wes Pettigrew, called it "like eBay without the computer."

Today, the building once again carries the Pettigrew name. It has been dedicated to Phil's late mother, Mary Ellen Pettigrew, who was always in the auction office on Tuesdays.

With a grand opening at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the building becomes the Assistance League of Colorado Springs Bargain Box Thrift Store, which moves around the corner from 211 E. Costilla St. The Assistance League had been a pet project of Mary Ellen Pettigrew, who died in 2012. Pettigrew was one of the founding members in 1968 and had volunteered at the Bargain Box Thrift Store as well as with the nonprofit's Operation School Bell, which provides new clothes to children in need.

Assistance League members, along with donors and sponsors, were invited to see the new, albeit empty, site at a reception on April 10, when Phil Pettigrew, who lives in Denver, and his sister, Christine Gray of Washington state, unveiled the dedication plaque to their mother. The Assistance League, they said, was something that their mother loved and believed in and "it added meaning to her life."

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