Saving with 6abc: New thrift shop in Glenside

January 10, 2011 10:24:42 AM PST
Blazers from Ann Taylor, Jones New York and Oleg Cassini for $2 each. A microwave oven for $35. Skis for $20.

I even found a J. Crew sweater for one dollar. These are just some of the deals at the New Vision Youth Community Center thrift shop in Glenside, Pa.

The thift shop supports Reverend Wang Chae's registered non-profit.

Peter Yeo, who acted as our translator, says Pastor Chae is helping him and other Asian-American teens turn their lives around.

He explains that New Vision, "basically help youth with drug problems, with family problems, who's been kicked out and then we help them with their thinking problems and try to give them a new vision and basically open up their eyes in a new life."

The tiny, cluttered thift store is staffed by volunteers and all the merchandise is donated.

Christina Parker, who volunteers at the store, explains that not all of the merchandise is in perfect condition, but that the prices are so low, "The customer, they happy, because it's cheap."

And amidst the clutter, there are some real finds. Like a set of china for $1 piece, and a new brass photo frame for $5.

Janice Hill, an educational consultant from North Wilmington, Delaware, found hats and earmuffs as gifts at what she called "a really neat price." And then she found a mint-condition suede coat for just $7.50 for herself.

Lapacazo Sandoval of Glenside says she stops by the shop just about every day. And the day we met her, she was dressed head-to-toe in clothes she found there.

"One-dollar boots, $2 jeans, $8 coat -- and I know this coat looks good," she says, also showing off a scarf and purse she got for free. "Every day is different, the stuff comes in and it's big furniture, it's little things, and their spirit is great."

The thrift shop will make pickups for large items. To arrange a pickup, call 215-782-3789.

For more information about the New Vision Youth Community Center, click here.


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