by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected]
September is just around the corner and that means Claremont’s favorite thrift store, The Economy Shop, is reopening for its nine month season.
Then the shop, which has been rebuilt since 1933, will open on September 1st with opening times from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“The Economy Shop and its volunteers offer a rare mix of neatly presented, clean, high-quality second-hand goods and a fun place to shop or volunteer. Eighty-eight years of service to the community testify to their viability, ”said a press release from the shop.
The recent renovation, completed by donated time and materials, includes new flooring, interior paint and lighting.
The thrift store is wholly owned and run by its volunteer staff, with all proceeds, minus modest operating costs, going to local charities including Hope Partners, Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program, Claremont Senior Services, Claremont After School Program, Crossroads, Dignity Caps, Project sister, shoes that fit and service center for independent living
The Economy Shop began during the Great Depression and provided local residents, including citrus workers, with a place to buy clothes and housewares. In 1948 the organization acquired an old telephone switchboard at 325 W. First Street and opened a year later.
Donations of clean clothes, small household items, jewelry and books are accepted during regular opening hours and Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Shoppers are asked to follow county safety guidelines, including wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. There will be a limited number of people in the store at a time.
The Economy Shop is located at 325 W First Street in Claremont Village. The opening times are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 909-626-7334