I'm kind of bummed about it. Losing a thrift is always sad, even though this one, of late, has been pretty low on my list. It wasn't always that way, but more on that in a minute. I think Louisville is pretty thrift-poor for a large city. We mainly have only the "name brands"--Goodwill and the like. We have none of those little church-run thrifts staffed by little old ladies who mark things for fifty cents. Heck, we're even poor in the "name brand" department. Salvation Army closed its stores here a couple of years ago.
When this thrift first opened, it kind of filled that need for a little church-run thrift. It's connected with a Catholic children's home, and in the old days was run by a couple of nuns and a bunch of volunteers, most of whom were older folks. They had several rooms in three different buildings that were just crammed with all kinds of donations. It was like they took anything that was offered to them. It was a wonderful jumble of all kinds of stuff. You could literally find anything there.
Mostly, the stuff wasn't priced. You'd gather your armload and sister or one of the volunteers would price it, usually for a dollar or less. They had this awesome section of religious articles that I would beeline for and load up! I wasn't selling in those days just
The one problem with the place was the hours. It was only open Monday and Thursday mornings, along with one Saturday morning a month. It really made hitting the place rather difficult.
Slowly but surely, the place started to change. First they moved the bulk of it into one small house. Then, it started to become less and less cluttered. Then, the price tags started appearing. By this time, I was selling. The prices weren't bad. It was just a shock to see them.
Somewhere along this time, they hired a manager or some kind of staff person. They got moved into a smaller place. There was less selection. They adopted regular hours. Prices went up. Ironically, as it became more accessible, everything about the place that made it unique and worth going to kind of dropped away. I used to try to get there every chance I could make my schedule work. By the end, I was hardly going at all.
I know that some other stuff happened. There was a fire that closed it down for a while, but it opened back up. Now, I just don't know what they are going to do with it. It's kind of sad. Even if it does reopen, it'll never be the way it was in the beginning. I'll definitely miss what it used to be.