Berkshire Thrift will be working directly with local nonprofits and community organizations to provide people experiencing big life changes with the clothing, furniture, and home goods that they need to begin to rebuild their lives. Berkshire Thrift will coordinate with local organizations to determine who in the community is most in need, from those leaving transitional housing and abusive relationships to those who have job interviews but can't afford a suit. Berkshire Thrift will operate like a standard thrift store - selling donated or found items at a low price - while offering free vouchers to community members who need help getting back on their feet. We hope to open our store to the public by November 2017.
This is our new building!!!
What We Need
The store needs some investment to get the doors open. We have rented a building for Berkshire Thrift in New Lebanon, NY, but we need to raise capital to make the space safe and accessible to those with disabilities. Additionally, we will need to purchase store shelving, a cash register, lighting fixtures, clothes racks, and more. We also need to do some repairs and upgrades to meet local codes. To help keep costs down, we will be buying as many of these items second-hand as possible, as well as accepting material donations. Lastly, we have to get insurance (around $2000 a year) as well as building permits and a business license.
This is some of what we need to clean up and refurbish....
We will gather clothing and home goods donations from local residents, garage sale leftovers, building cleanouts and so forth. We already have a huge inventory and are taking more donations all the time. If you are in the New Lebanon, NY area, the Berkshires or the surrounding area, please do not hesitate to let us know if you have items you would like to donate.
This is a small amount of our current inventory.........
We have a ton more in storage, waiting for the new space to be readied......
Materials and Expenses:
As you can see from some of the photos, we have some work ahead of us and a bunch of things we need to purchase to get up and running.
-credit card machine
-handicap parking signs
-handicap accessibility modifications
-labor (hopefully provided by volunteers)
Helping Your Neighbors Get Back On Their Feet! This is our ultimate goal!!!
All donation amounts are VERY appreciated!
A few more pics of the clean up and work we need to do.....
We are also looking for donations and volunteers!! If you would like to get involved, let us know!!
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Thank you for all of your help!
- Ọṣun Zotique
- Jerry Cook
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