The 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.