Photo by Kelly White
Donna Zidek (left), store manager at Neat Repeats Resale shop, puts out Christmas items at the store’s new location Friday morning with Doreen Holford, regional manager for Neat Repeats.
Neat Repeats opened its doors on Friday morning to a much larger store.
The new location in Worth, 6602 W. 111th St., is just down the street from the old resale shop, previously at 7026 W. 111th St.
The volunteer-run shops, in both Worth and Orland Park, are owned and operated by the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, and all revenues from the shops provides funding for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, which offers services for survivors of domestic violence.
“We had a terrific opportunity to expand our store, provide much more parking and an improved shopping experience,” said Jay Capron, marketing and communication director for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia. “We want the Worth community to know that we are committed to being there and are incredibly excited about our new location. We have been in Worth for 30 years and we look forward to another 30 at this new location.”
The new building surpasses the old building in size immensely, totaling 7,200 square feet. The old location consisted of a 4,000- square-foot building. It has a larger parking lot.
Discussions for the building move began in the spring of 2017, with the actual move taking place over the past few weeks, according to Doreen Holford, regional manager for Neat Repeats
Holford, a Worth resident, started out as a volunteer at the Worth location 18 years ago. Today, she said she has joined over 200 dedicated and passionate volunteers that have given over 40,000 hours to provide the funds to continue outreach programs through the Crisis Center for South Suburbia.
“It’s really hard to put into words with this new journey means,” Holford said. “Since I have been here, I have seen hundreds of volunteers, donors and customers walk through the doors at our Worth location, all with their own stories of gratitude – either helping them with a place to take their much cherished donations, a place to buy great things on a limited budget, or a place to share their personal stories. We are not a place that just sells clothes. We are a place to feel safe, a place to share their lives or a place to get support. When we said we wanted to expand for numerous reasons, their response was, ‘How can we help?’ That is how our journey will continue, with dedicated staff and volunteers.”
Shop volunteers said to be just as happy as Holford with the new location.
“It’s such a beautiful shop and this is very exciting for all of us,” said Roxie Moloney, of Hickory Hills.
Moloney has been a volunteer for 19 years at the Worth location.
“There are a lot of advantages to having a bigger store,” said Cindy Parizanski, a Neat Repeats volunteer for 12 years. “We are able to put more products out on the sales floor and the layout is so much bigger and brighter.”
“By shopping with us, people are supporting the Crisis Center and helping us provide safe haven to victims of domestic violence,” Capron said. “We simply could not serve the people we do without our shoppers and our dedicated volunteers. We call it compassion through fashion. Shoppers benefit by knowing that their purchases are providing victims of domestic violence with compassion, and they are getting a terrific selection of new and gently used brand-name apparel and merchandise at a bargain.”
The new building offers a fresh new look and the same great value, Holford said, with a larger facility, much more parking and a drop-off donation processing center with an entrance in the alley.
The shops offer a large selection of women’s, junior’s, children’s and men’s clothing along with a variety of household items such as furniture, giftware, toys, books, antiques, collectible, shoes, purses and jewelry. Items can be donated at any point throughout the calendar year.
“By the minute our inventory changes, you can always find new great deals with us, and the best part is that both shopping and donating benefit the Crisis Center and the more than 1,600 victims fleeing domestic violence we serve each year,” Capron said.
The Orland Park location, 9028 W. 159th St., will soon be receiving an interior store makeover as well, according to Capron.
“We are also thrilled to be making improvements to that location,” he said.