I found out today my favorite thrift store, Value Village, is closing unexpectedly in just nine days. A Dodge dealership bought the building the thrift store had been leasing for the past 20 years in 2015, and has decided to expand into that space. That’s their right, I suppose, but they sprang this news on the nonprofit out of the blue, and even though their lease runs through the end of the year, the dealership is exercising an early termination option, which means that 40 Value Village employees will be losing their jobs with virtually no warning just in time for the holiday season.
That’s a shitty move. Way to live up to your name, Dick Hannah Dodge.
I’m not ashamed to admit it: I buy the majority of my clothes from Value Village. Why should I pay $20 for a shirt when I can find the same one, in excellent condition, for $3? I even recently started buying shoes there after finding a pair of gently-used Nikes for $13 – fifty bucks less than a new pair retailed for. Hey, I’m all about a bargain. Down with crass consumerism! And all the proceeds from Value Village go toward families in need. This just bites on so many levels.
There’s one other Value Village in the Portland area, but it’s out in Tigard, on the west side of town. Which is not at all convenient to where we live.
Sometimes capitalism sucks.
Here’s a lovely photo from Laurelhurst Park last Saturday. It’s a magical place all year long, but is especially stunning in the fall.
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