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Clothes Closet has great deals for great cause

November 1, 2012
Ross Bercik - Managing Editor , Traer Star-Clipper

Deals are everywhere these days, with bix-box stores advertising cheap this, cheap that. But here in Traer, we've got our own Clothes Closet that offers deals you might not believe.

Perched in the loft above the quaint Dreamland Productions glass shop at 528 Second St. in downtown Traer is our very own closet, offering not just great deals on clothing and books, but the chance to contribute to the town in a way that keeps the money where it belongs: right here in Traer.

All clothing items are just $1. T-shirts? $1. Sweatshirts? $1. All men's, women's and children's clothing? $1. There's even books for just 10 cents apiece!

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Now that’s a deal! The Clothes Closet is open for business and charges just $1 for all clothing items and 10 cents for books. Here, Mary Swanger (left) and Iris Burrell show off some of the merchandise at the Closet, located in the mezzanine level of Dreamland Productions custom glass shop at 528 Second St. in Traer.

Iris Burrell and Mary Swanger have put together quite a collection, which includes many items that are brand new. All the clothing is in good condition, and certainly worth more than the $1 the Closet charges.

In addition, all the proceeds from sales - that's 100 percent - go to Christian Hands Across Traer. C.H.A.T. is an organization designed to help the citizens of the North Tama County Community School District.

If you'd like to volunteer at the Closet, please call Mary Swanger at 641-481-1791.

The Closet, which is open from 1 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, as well as 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, wouldn't be possible without the generous donation of space by Dreamland owners Bob and Helen Lee.

The Lees' glass shop, which has some incredibly ornate and beautiful pieces on display, has been providing custom stained glass design, windows and more for several years. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Call (319) 478-2425 for more information, or stop by the store at 528 Second St.

For more information on Dreamland, including samples of their exquisite work, visit



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