People looking for a special outfit, clothing accessory, pair of shoes or piece of furniture are encouraged to head to a National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) thrift shop this weekend for their 90th anniversary celebration.
Bargains will be available throughout the stores, including free gifts and buy two, get one free specials on most items, said Robert “Bob” Klausner, director of retail operations for NCJW/LA. Klausner added that the celebration is the organization’s way of giving back to the community, which has “given so much over the years.”
The NCJW/LA council thrift shops accept donated items that are re-sold, with the proceeds benefitting programs for at-risk individuals and families. There are currently eight locations throughout Los Angeles.
“It’s celebrating ninety years of supporting our mission, which continues to be the same,” Klausner said. “We want people to come celebrate with us.”
The first NCJW/LA thrift shop opened in 1924 on East 7th Street in downtown Los Angeles, in response to an influx of immigrants to Los Angeles after World War I. The store was stocked with donations from the organization’s members, and in the first year, brought in $4,000 for programs.
Klausner said the thrift shop operations have grown significantly over the years, and now bring in tens of thousands of dollars annually for scholarships and programs such as Women Helping Women Community Counseling and Support Services and Women Helping Children art and literacy initiatives. The donations also enable NCJW/LA to provide free clothing to tens of thousands of people during its annual clothing giveaway in December at the organization’s headquarters in the Fairfax District.
NCJW/LA executive director Hillary Selvin said the 90th anniversary of the council thrift stores is a major milestone for the organization, and the people it serves.
“We grew to meet the larger demand for people in our communities,” Selvin said. “I think as the population grew, so did the needs of the community. We want to continue to meet those needs. I believe the thrift shops are a local program for the local community. People should know their donations help people in their communities. Anyone who needs help, we are there for them.”
Klausner added that anniversary celebration is the “first of its kind” for NCJW/LA, and he hopes as many people as possible will join in the special occasion.
The specials will be available at all council thrift shops on Saturday, Nov. 15 and Sunday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The thrift shop in the Fairfax District is located at 360 N. Fairfax Ave. For information, call (323)651-2080. For a complete list of council thrift shop locations, visit www.ncjwla.org.
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