Money Monday: Baton Rouge thrift store expands

Money Monday: Baton Rouge thrift store expands

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Just in time for the holidays, "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" has opened a new addition along Burbank Drive in Baton Rouge called "The Retro Room."

Director of Operations, Debbie Staples says she and other employees have worked on the thrift store expansion for a year.

"People are looking for these retro and vintage items," Staples said.

Shoppers can find everything from a 1920's wedding dress to vintage hats and jewelry inside The Retro Room.  Staples says all of the items are carefully selected from donations.

"A lot of people know who we are but they don't know our business model," Staples said.

What she means is that over the last 20 years, "Here Today Gone Tomorrow" has helped more than 70 charities, donating a total of $1.3 million.

Shoppers like Tommie Williams say they enjoy the discounts and helping the thrift store give back to the community.

"It's nice when somebody else looks out for somebody else," Williams said. "That's what it's all about."

Staples says most items in the store cost a third of the original price.

All children's clothing is priced at one dollar.  Men get a 50 percent discount on Mondays, senior citizens get 50 percent off on Tuesdays, students with an ID receive 50 percent off of all clothes and shoes on Wednesdays, Thursday is government employees day and Fridays, all designer brands are 50 percent off.

"We have a children's department, plus size department, library, household goods, electronics...and it's all here because the people in Baton Rouge care enough to pack it up and bring it to us so we can sell it on behalf of others," Staples said.

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