The Village to open thrift boutique in Hartford

November 11, 2018 by  

Volunteer auxiliaries working with The Village for Families & Children have operated thrift stores from over 50 years, and now plan to open another location in Hartford.

The Village is taking over the premises that housed the Clothes Horse in West Hartford, on Park Road. The Village’s president and CEO, Galo Rodriguez, said the auxiliary was excited about the location. Rodriguez went on to say that approximately 300 volunteers currently run the Second Chance Shops, which raised $280,000 last year to support The Village, and hope to have a similar response in Hartford. The other three shops are in Suffield, Simsbury, and Glastonbury.

The Village provides many services, including substance abuse treatment, mental therapy on an outpatient basis, foster care, adoption, and parenting education classes. The programs offer support to both adults and children, and include a complete array of behavioral health treatments.

The organization is currently looking for volunteers to help open and run the West Hartford shop. The organization said there are many opportunities available, including managing social media, pricing donations, sorting the incoming items, helping shoppers, managing the shop, or engaging in community outreach efforts. People who join now will learn how to create a thrift shop from scratch. The West Hartford boutique will benefit from the experience and knowledge gained by those operating the other shops.

Organizations like this could use brochure printing to explain the shops, and the effort they support.