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BEA AHBECK/NEWS-SENTINEL Assistant store manager Camilla Spencer marks prices on items as the Lodi House thrift store gets re-ready to open its' doors next week, in Lodi Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.

After two months of renovation, cleaning and reorganization, the Lodi House thrift store on Lodi Avenue will reopen in September.

“The transformation of the store and the community’s support has been phenomenal,” said Shelby Young, executive director of Lodi House. “Watching grandparents, parents and kids work together to clean, serve, build and give has been inspiring. All the time, talent, gifts and donations are making it possible for the Lodi House Thrift Store to move into a future of providing sustainable income to support Lodi House programs that are critical to its success.”

The Lodi House store first opened in 2010 on Lodi and Central avenues. The store moved to its present location in January of last year. The shop is both a provider of needed items for women and children and also a source of income for the nonprofit agency, which opened in 1999. The program supports women in developing healthy lifestyles that lead to employment and independence, said Young.

The store reorganization took more than 1,000 volunteer hours to make the store more shopper friendly for Lodi House residents and the community. Volunteers found a few interesting vintage items, including 100-year-old china made in June of 1916.

Merchandise is now organized into designated sections, like children and baby, crafts, seasonal decor, housewares and others. That includes 17 feet of new shelving to properly display donated shoes.

Other changes include displaying large black and white photographs of women and children who have benefited from the Lodi House program.

A few Lodi children have reached out to help the store. Eight-year-old Lydia Yarbrough asked for money for her birthday to buy the store a new cash register. Ten-year-old Parker Hohenthaner worked with his dad to build a shelving unit to sell sports equipment.

“We want the community to understand that when they choose to donate or make a purchase at the Lodi House Thrift Store, they are playing a significant role in providing stability, training, accountability and renewal for homeless women and children at Lodi House,” said Young.

The reopening celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 9. Festivities will include raffles, prizes, discounts and treats by Edible Arrangements.

The store will be open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations of new or gently used items will be accepted outside the store warehouse along the Pleasant Avenue side from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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