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Vacaville’s Opportunity House Thrift Store to close

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

VACAVILLE, Calif. — The Opportunity House Thrift Store Vacaville location is set to close due to low profits and high maintenance costs, according to the nonprofit that operates it.

Vacaville Solano Services Corporation (VSSC) announced the closing Wednesday, though didn’t specify a timeline for when exactly the doors would shut at 107 Peabody Rd.

“COVID shifted shopping patterns by decreasing sales and raising staffing costs,” said Michelle Strand, VSSC Board President, in a statement. “This unforeseen and unexpected shift resulted in the thrift store operating at a loss and contributed to draining VSSC reserves.”

The nonprofit says it’s spending $20,000 a month to keep the doors open, and the choice to close the more than 20-year-old store was a hard one.

“This has been an agonizing decision for the board, but it is necessary to protect VSSC’s mission,” said Strand. “The ability to provide high-quality support services and programs to help people attain self-sufficiency has always been, and will continue to be, our priority.”

The store, in its two decades, made enough money to build and maintain the Opportunity House homeless shelter on Bennett Hill Court for the past 10 years, according to VSSC. The building was later bought by a private investor in 2020, giving VSSC some financial safety net while they leased the location.

The nonprofit gets funding through grants, donations and their thrift stores, but the Vacaville location has to come to an end to keep other services.

“It comes down to the simple fact that we won’t take from our residents and community members in need to offer a retail shopping experience,” said Colleen Berumen, VSSC Executive

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Tax-free weekend hits Horizon House thrift store || Half-off today

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Photos: Submitted || Horizon House Thrift Store offers garage-sale prices for boutique-style shopping

Tax-free weekend has started, and families have the opportunity to save even more money by shopping at the Horizon House thrift store in Paris.

“This is a great chance for families to be able to get school clothes without breaking the bank,” said Executive Director Shelly Braziel. “All kids’ clothes and shoes are half-off this Friday, in addition to being tax-free weekend, so that could be big savings for families.”

Not only will families have a chance to save big, but each purchase goes toward a good cause. All the proceeds from the store benefit the transitional shelter, which works to help house men, women, and families with children in need.

The store carries clothes, shoes, accessories, baby items, bedding, household items, and more. You can find it at 400 4th Street S.W. in Paris. For more information, email [email protected].

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