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St. Joseph Center Thrift Store to Close

Citing economic challenges, the nonprofit announces the closure of its thrift store in January. It's treasured by shoppers for carrying high-end clothes and shoes. Weigh in: Tell us about your best St. Joseph thrift store finds.

Just after the New Year, St. Joseph Center will shutter its thrift store on Lincoln Boulevard known for carrying gently worn designer brands, because of "economic challenges."

"Despite a great deal of work to improve operations over the last few years, we have found it difficult to maintain profitability," the center's Executive Director, Va Lecia Adams, wrote Wednesday in an announcement posted to the shop's Facebook page and Twitter. 

Since 1978, the store's revenue has helped support St. Joseph programs and services, such as a shelter for the chronically homeless; money management education for at-risk, mentally ill adults; and a café and food pantry for the needy. In her announcement, Adams assured the community there's still a "solid base of support in the public and private sector" for St. Joseph's.

"We will continue to fulfill our mission of providing working poor families, as well as homeless men, women and children of all ages, with the inner resources and tools to become productive, stable and self-supporting members of the community," she wrote.

Local thrifters love the store because it carries designer brands and high-end apparel in good condition, according to Yelp reviewers, who have purchased shoes and apparel by Prada, Jimmy Choos, Lululemon and Three Dots.

At 1828 Lincoln Blvd, it will close Jan. 5, according to Adams' announcement. The last day for donation pick-ups is Dec. 14, 2012. Donations may be dropped off at the store until Jan. 4.

Inventory clearance sales are scheduled during regular business hours throughout December. The store will close for Christmas Dec. 25 and 26.

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mimi December 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Sorry to hear SJC Thrift is closing. But I am not surprised. In recent years, the shop has gone down hill. It has not carried the quality of merchandise that used to be available 7-10 years ago. I guess their wealthiest donors found a new pet charity. Personally, I love Council Thrift. They have several locations. They carry a wide range of merchandise, from Inexpensive to very expensive. Best of all, they will pick up donations that are too heavy for donors to bring to the store. I am a donor and a customer. BTW, a few years back I went to Indonesia on vacation and mentioned to the volunteers in the shop that I wanted to bring inexpensive, lightweight clothing and shoes for the local children. They immediately offered me 50% off on the kiddie stuff. They are good people and worthy of your support..
Dan Charney December 06, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Not surprised either- retail is not easy with rent, insurance, employees and other expenses- the city has many empty locations and perhaps should consider giving these people a break- consignment stores and thrift stores are a vital part of the recycling effort- such a good thing to so instead of the constant buying and support of the chain stores and slave labor industry in so many foreign countries. They deserve free rent somewhere and to be subsidized.

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