Capitol Hill’s Lifelong Thrift Store undergoes one-day renovation

IMG_20130814_110905_931The Lifelong Thrift Store is soliciting donations after a recent one-day renovation has increased the number of items the shop can display. The store closed for one day last week so employees could re-arrange the racks and install new shelving near the entrance.

The new floorplan adds a housewear section in the shop’s Southwest corner and consolidates Men’s and Women’s clothes into one section.

“It’s not segregated by gender anymore,” said manager Tamara Asakawa.

Asakawa said she’s been wanting to re-arrange the space since she took over a few years ago.

“Most of the space was not being utilized very well,” she said.

The remodel also involved removing boards near the entrance providing a view from one end of the shop to the other.

“It looks bigger and cleaner,” she said. “There’s more light.”

Over the past few years the shop has grown from selling about 14,000 items per month to about 17,000 per month, said Asakawa. She said because the renovation increased the number of items available on the display floor, the shop has “burned through almost everything that (they) have in storage” and is in need of more items to sell.

“Now that we’ve created more space, we need more donations to fill it,” she said.

A list of items which cannot be accepted for donation can be found on the Lifelong website.

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    • Address: 1017 E Union St, Seattle, WA 98122
      Phone:(206) 957-1655
      Hours:

      Hours:
      Sunday 12:00–5:00 pm
      Mon-Sat 10:30am–7pm

      • Correction:
        Hours of Operation
        Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
        Sun 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m

        Donation Information
        Donations are accepted:
        Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
        Sun 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    • Pardon! List of unacceptable items:

      playpens
      baby furniture
      baby strollers
      baby clothes
      baby car seats
      fabric scraps
      sofa-beds
      unframed glass/mirrors
      wire hangers
      unassembled furniture
      light fixtures
      computer equipment
      furniture in need of repair or reupholstering
      carpeting or padding
      major appliances, sinks, toilets
      windows, doors, or screens
      hazardous materials
      box springs and mattresses
      drapery rods and venetian blinds
      exercise equipment
      tires and wheels
      skis and ski boots
      textbooks, Reader’s Digest, or condensed books
      magazines
      broken electronics
      TVs older than 10 years
      soiled, stained, torn clothing