Thrift shop opens at new location

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The thrift shop Tienda Segunda, that was once located on California Street, will celebrate its grand re-opening at its new location on Spring Street, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The thrift shop, which first opened in 1982, was located behind Denny's near Smith's Food and Drug Center. The building was being remodeled for physical therapy, said Volunteer Mary Soto. The thrift shop has been in its new building on Spring Street for almost a month, she said.

"We were given a notice about the change, we are happy to be here at our new location," Soto said. "It was a change for the better, and has worked out for us."

The thrift shop has been in Socorro for over 31 years, Soto said, who has been a volunteer there for 15 years. They accept anything and everything, so long as it's in good condition, that people want to donate. The thrift shop has separate rooms for women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, kitchen items and books. "We have a variety," she said."And anything people want to donate the thrift shop will take. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There is always someone who is available all days of the week to accept donations, even when they aren't open.

"There are so many people who can't afford to shop anywhere else, so they come here," Soto said. "They can afford to buy stuff here, and we help the seniors."

The volunteers at the thrift shop are full-time.

"I enjoy helping everybody," Soto said. "I like talking to people, they don't have a lot of money and we help them out."

The original owners of the thrift shop were Julianita Romero, Francis Senn, Eveyln Fite, Wanda Ramzel and Florence Kottlowski. Originally Romero let volunteers have a room in her home for the thrift shop. The clothes that were donated were washed and then sold to the community, Soto said.

Since their move, the number of items donated and customers have increased. The thrift shop is on a busy street, Soto said. But they plan to talk to the Department of Transportation about creating a crosswalk because the senior apartments are across the street, and seniors walk over to buy things, she said.

All the money goes toward senior programs, such as Good Samaritan and the Senior Center. "We will take whatever," Soto said. "Every penny goes to senior programs."

"This is the best thrift store in the country, they do so much good for the community," customer Fogarty Jim said. "They address the whole community, they are so nice."

"We want everyone to come celebrate with us," Soto said. "Many people can't afford to buy clothes, so they come here. We do good here."

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