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In a Recession, Second Hand Mania Sets in

Gale Curcio
By Gale Curcio
Posted on Jan 13,2010
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Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Patti Stevenson, Ann Roebuck, Carole Frazier and Fantaye Chekol enjoy checking out the bargains at the new Goodwill store on Richmond Highway.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Patti Stevenson, Ann Roebuck, Carole Frazier and Fantaye Chekol
enjoy checking out the bargains at the new Goodwill store on
Richmond Highway.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Patti Stevenson, Ann Roebuck, Carol Frazier and Fantaye Chekol have two things in common. They are sisters AND they love to find bargains.

For their holiday gift exchange this past year, they vowed to only buy things at thrift stores.

And then right after Christmas, they organized a sisters' day out where they spent the entire day going to local thrift and consignment stores. They started at Unique in Falls Church, stopped at Salvation Army in Alexandria and then finished the day at the new Goodwill store on Route One in Alexandria.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Michelle Thomas, Ken Bates, Renard Greene, Shezonda McMillan and Will Portillo are part of the team at the new Goodwill store on Richmond Highway.
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Michelle Thomas, Ken Bates, Renard Greene,
Shezonda McMillan and Will Portillo are part
of the team at the new Goodwill store on
Richmond Highway.

“I think we spent $1,000 today,” said Roebuck. “We bought some furniture that will be delivered later.’

At the Goodwill store, they picked up some pictures, a mirror, shoes and pillows. They were very pleased with their purchases and surprised to hear that they were within five minutes of four other second hand stores.

Now that the holidays are over and wallets are empty, what better time to check out the new Goodwill store, as well as some of the other second hand stores located right here in Alexandria on Route 1, otherwise known as Richmond Highway?

This new Goodwill is the tenth store in the greater Washington, DC area, but according to Brendan Hurley, the senior VP of Marketing & Communications of Goodwill of Greater Washington, it is the largest store to date.

“We are in an aggressive expansion mode,” said Hurley. “This is the design that will be used for other stores.

“The timing is right for retail growth,” continued Hurley. “There is a lot of open space available so it depends on where we can get the best deal. We tend to build around where donations are convenient.”

The space previously occupied by the C.L. Barnes furniture store was ideal because it is located right on Richmond Highway and has plenty of window space. Donations have been coming in since June of last year and they had a soft opening on November 20.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Goodwill takes just about everything, including this beautiful wedding gown.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Goodwill takes just about everything, including
this beautiful wedding gown.

Then on Dec. 12, Goodwill of Greater Washington celebrated the grand opening of the new store with a ribbon cutting, special guests and discounts for customers. Rep. Gerry Connelly and Del.  Elect Scott Surovell helped GGW President & CEO Catherine Meloy cut the ribbon to officially open the new store. Shoppers enjoyed listening to Christmas carols sung by Miss District of Columbia, Jen Corey, and children enjoyed a visit from Santa.

 “It’s a treasure trove,” said Sue Dickerson, who found a couple of cute items for her teenage daughter. She liked it so much that she called another friend who said, "My teenage daughter loved the store and found some great things! The store was clean and well organized and the employees were very friendly, helpful, and enthusiastic.”

Ken Bates, the general manager, said that they did $12,000 in sales the first week.

“We’ve been busy since the day we opened,” he said. Previously a manager at the Gaithersburg and Glebe Road stores, he said, “This store really stands out – it is very open and bright.”

Goodwill is not the first store to make its home on Richmond Highway. Back Porch Thrift Store, operated by United Community Ministries, has a long history of providing community solutions to residents of the Mt. Vernon / Alexandria area.  

Donated furniture, household items, clothing, books and other items are available to the general public for sale, while needy clients of UCM are given vouchers so that they can ‘shop’ as well.  New merchandise is brought to the sales floor every day and according to Herb Lea, Director of Community Program, furniture has become a very popular item at the Back Porch. Pick-up of large items is provided and proceeds from store sales are used to support the many programs of UCM in the community.  

Special Discount Days are offered. Every Wednesday, Senior Citizens receive 10% off purchases; every Thursday active military personnel receive 10% off; and every Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. is Super Friday where everything in the store is 20% off.

If you need something special for a wedding, prom, costume party or a job interview, then Select Seconds thrift shop is the place to go. Run by the Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary, they receive high quality donations on a daily basis.

Featured items include clothing for the entire family; vintage clothing; records, books and pictures; household items;-collectibles; jewelry; and hand-me-down toys.

Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks<br /> <br />Alfred Carter, assisted by Darnell Gambill, recently purchased over 100 records form Goodwill at a dollar a piece.<br />
Photo by Gale Curcio/Local Kicks
Alfred Carter, assisted by Darnell Gambill,
recently purchased over 100 records form
Goodwill at a dollar a piece.

All proceeds from the Thrift Shop sales support Inova Mount Vernon Hospital to provide special services and programs to our patients. Select Seconds is staffed exclusively by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary volunteer.

Habitat ReStore is the place to found items needed for renovation. This store truly has everything including the kitchen sink – as well as doors and windows and appliances and paint and much more.

Herb Campbell, manager, said that they are having a Contractor’s Breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 14 from 10-11:30 a.m. Customer can browse through the latest items as they enjoy coffee and doughnuts. On January 23, Habitat ReStore is hosting a joint event with Gold’s Gym and Simplify for Life (see below for more details).

While the majority of items are construction materials, customers can also find great deals on furniture if they hit it right. Mimi and John Banta found the perfect armoire for their television at The Habitat ReStore at a very reasonable price. As the Habitat ReStore website says, ““Miss a Day, Miss a Deal.”

AMVETS Thrift Store is another second hand store in the area. Located in communities throughout the country, local AMVETS Thrift Stores is located right off Richmond Highway on Sherwood Hall Lane. They offer quality used clothing, household goods and toys at reasonable prices.

Contact the writer at galecurcio@verizon.net
 
If You're Going...

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Back Porch Thrift Stores, managed by United Community Ministries, has a long tradition of giving back to the community.<br />
Courtesy Photo
Back Porch Thrift Stores, managed by United
Community Ministries, has a long tradition
of giving back to the community.

Back Porch Thrift Store is located in the Mount Vernon Crossroads Shopping Center (Between Gold's Gym and Wal-Mart), 7838 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306. Store Hours are Monday - Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m. and Sunday , noon- 6 p.m.  Donation Drop-Off Days are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Donations are taken at the rear of the building by driving around either end of the shopping center.  Donation pick-ups are scheduled by the Back Porch truck on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8:30 -1 p.m. They are only able to pick up furniture and other large items. Please contact the Back Porch Donation Pick-Up Line, at 703-768-7106 ext. 320 to schedule your pick-up. For more information, call 703-799-7015 or visit http://www.ucmagency.org/backporch-index.html.

Habitat ReStore is located at7770 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, VA 22306. They are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  and closed on Sunday. For more information, call 703-360-6700 or visit http://www.restorenova.org/.

Select Seconds is located in Woodlawn Center, 8736 Richmond Highway. Store hours are: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and closed on Sundays. For more information, call 703-780-4603 or visit http://www.inova.org/get-involved/volunteer/inova-mount-vernonhospital/thriftshop.jsp.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />New things arrive everyday at Habitat ReStore.<br />
Courtesy Photo
New things arrive
everyday at
Habitat ReStore.

Amvets Thrift Store is located at 3115 Sherwood Hall Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306. For more information, call 703-360-4078.

Goodwill Retail Store & Donation Center is located at 8228 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22309
Retail Store Hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Donation Center Hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.  and Sunday, 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 571-527-4434 or visit www.dcgoodwill.org.

New Year, New You

When: Saturday, January 23, 2010 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location:7770 Richmond Hwy (behind Gold's Gym) Alexandria, VA 22306
Phone:703-360-6700

Are you vowing to get fit in the New Year? Is your goal to get organized in 2010? ReStore Alexandria is hosting a wellness event to help you fulfill your New Year's Resolution!

On January 23, ReStore Alexandria will host a wellness event with an emphasis on getting organized and fit for the New Year. The event will feature complimentary information on fitness, nutrition, wellness and organization to help you achieve wellness in all aspects of your life for the New Year.

Enjoy a 10% discount all day at ReStore Alexandria.

Come in for free organization demonstrations from a professional organizer and free Blood Pressure and Body Fat Testing from Gold's Gym staff.

Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Habitat ReStore sells everything, including the kitchen sink.<br />
Courtesy Photo
Habitat ReStore
sells everything,
including the
kitchen sink.

A Special Thanks to professional organizer Karen Gardiner from Simplify for Life and Gold's Gym for co-sponsoring this event!



Courtesy Photo<br /> <br />Select Seconds is completely run by volunteers from Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Auxiliary.
Courtesy Photo
Select Seconds is
completely run
by volunteers
from Inova
Mount Vernon
Hospital
Auxiliary.




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