Humane Educational Society’s thrift store, Déjà Nu Thrift Store & Boutique, celebrated a grand reopening Tuesday after undergoing extensive renovations and repairs.
In early December, a driver lost control and drove through the storefront on Highway 58, damaging majority of the inventory. Fortunately, no one was injured, but the incident forced the store to shut down for over three months.
The store’s proceeds help the shelter continue pursuing their lifesaving mission. Déjà Nu had anticipated a sizable profit during the holiday season, but missed out on that revenue while the store underwent major repairs.
“The entire place had to be remodeled,” says store manager, Adrienne Koon.
However, Koon says the closure wasn’t all bad.
“A lot of good came from being closed. Even though we lost revenue, the entire place was remodeled. We got a new ceiling, lighting and new flooring. Everything was painted,” she adds.
Koon says many donors held onto high-ticket items until the store was ready to open.
“The support from the community and new volunteers has been great,” Koon says.
Déjà Nu is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They’re looking for donations of more furniture, men’s clothing and shoes, and hangers. They’re also seeking volunteers to work in the store.