The Junior League of Evanston-North Shore re-opened its renovated Thrift House today at 920 Chicago Ave. in Evanston.
More than 50 guests attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and preview party Friday at the Thrift House, which sells gently used women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares and home décor.
Founded in 1940, the Thrift House is the league's main source of revenue. It raises about $25,000 a year, which the organization uses to fund to college scholarships for high school students, community grants and programs that support local battered women’s shelters, low-income women and more.
Earlier this month, the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore closed the store as it underwent a complete renovation that League President Anna Pappas of Northbrook says has transformed it into a more welcoming shopping environment with an improved customer experience and a more curated selection of high-quality merchandise.
Volunteers spent hours re-painting, adding new dressing rooms, changing the layout and adding high-end touches such as a tufted ottoman and crystal chandeliers.
“We think shoppers will love our new look that will feel like a high-end boutique, but with unbeatable thrift-store prices," Pappas says. "And we hope our newly re-designed store will help us raise even more money to help us continue to support the Evanston and North Shore community.”
The store is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours until 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays..
In addition to revamping the store’s layout and decor, the Junior League also recently created a new program where women looking for a career in retail are invited to work in the store as a way of gaining valuable experience that they can use to help them find meaningful work.
“For the last seven years, we have been donating work-appropriate clothing and offering job readiness sessions to low-income women through our Fitting Futures program, and we thought what better way to help these women really get ready for the workforce than by giving them real work experience?” Pappas said.
Since 2009, the Junior League’s Fitting Futures program has provided more than 370 women with more than 2,000 items of clothing and accessories for job interviews.