JFCS Thrift Boutique benefits shoppers and charity

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October 28, 2013 3:57:29 AM PDT
A kid's North Face jacket for $5. Suits for men and boys for as little as $5. And Lucky Brand jeans for $8 a pair.

Those are just some of the deals you'll find at the new JFCS Thrift Boutique at 8948 Frankford Avenue.

Just before the grand opening last week, we got a sneak peek at the stock and learned about store's the purpose.

It's run by volunteers from the Jewish Family and Children's Service, an organization that provides social services for families, the elderly and those with special needs.

Many clients, and others in the neighborhood around the store at Frankford and Academy, are facing tough economic times -- so deals like $1.50 t-shirts and $4 sweaters are appreciated.

Store Manager Suzanne Levy-Polikoff explains, "Now that we live in this economy, where people are really watching how they spend their money, especially when things are very expensive, and they want to find specific items and they go seeking them out at specific thrift shops."

And since the stock is all donated, money earned here helps support the organization's programs.

Pia Eisenberg of JFCS says, "It's for our clients, but it's also for those treasure-hunters. So it's serving a mission-aligned purpose, because we're helping our clients, but it's also serving a purpose to enable us to get some revenue into the organization. This is enabling us to have a general operating boost."

In addition to clothing for men, women and children, the store stocks toys, books and household items. Almost all the stock is priced under $20.

For now, the store is open just a few days each week. Call 267-273-5537 for more information.


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