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Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:41 am, Tue Apr 19, 2011.

They may not be the new kind of TVs you’ll find on living room walls these days, but you can get the 1990s types for $10 to $13 while contributing to the homeless and otherwise needy.

City Thrift, located in Lodi’s old Department of Motor Vehicles building, is the ninth thrift shop in Lodi to open its doors. City Thrift opened at 9 a.m. Monday and will be open every day except Sunday.

Operated by Galt’s The Gathering Place Church, City Thrift is a haven where the hungry can get some food, the community can donate their surplus books, videos, clothes, glasses, purses, framed paintings and other items.

On Monday, you could have bought plastic cups supporting the Los Angeles Lakers and Victor School honor students, a microwave oven for $13, or a set of billiard balls for a mere $8.

Proceeds go toward purchasing food at a Sacramento food bank, which will be distributed to low-income residents, for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for the needy and for other items, said Clements resident Alice Lerma, who processes donations to City Thrift and makes the weekly food run to Sacramento.

“We’re hoping to have food available whenever anybody needs help,” Lerma said. “It’s a very loving church. We’re only one check away from being homeless.”

The first food closet distribution is scheduled for Thursday. People who need food may come every week, Lerma said.

And any day someone volunteers at City Thrift, that person will leave with a bag of groceries, said Gathering Place Pastor Larry Brand.

About 10 people came in to volunteer on Monday, Lerma said.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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