TEMPE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - Nestled in a corner of Friendship Village Retirement Community in Tempe is the littlest gift shop you might ever see.
Two residents of this community have turned it into a very profitable business.
With only 153 square feet of space, manager Barbara Hall and assistant manager Joanne Crawford have managed to turn the store into a thriving operation.
"I hope we can continue to hole where we are because we have done so well the last few years," said Crawford.
Hall says they made $66,000 last year.
Both live at Friendship Village and started as volunteers - 8 years ago for Hall, and 5 years ago for Crawford.
When Hall took over, the space was even smaller.
"They were remodeling the cafe, so I asked if they couldn't just make us one more little space to connect," Hall said. "They did that and they gave us a good display window."
Hall said she loves working with people the most.
Shelves are stocked with donated items. Women's clothes, jewelry, kitchen items, sheets, towels, and more - all of the proceeds help other residents.
"The money all stays right here, it's all volunteer," said Hall. "We pay no rent, we pay no salaries, so it's a win-win for everybody."
What doesn't sell is donated to the Salvation Army - so no matter what, it is a win-win for every