A nonprofit agency furnishing providers for children and older people with disabilities is shutting down its last thrift retail outlet.

By using of the Lehigh Valley announced options this 7 days to shut its remaining thrift retail store at 1401 Broadway in Fountain Hill on Aug. 31. The move comes just after By means of in June 2020 forever closed its thrift keep at 859 Nazareth Pike in Decreased Nazareth Township. That retail store opened in 2008, mentioned Michele Grasso, vice president of progress and communications for Through of the Lehigh Valley.

The firm experienced operated thrift outlets throughout the Lehigh Valley considering that the 1970s, Grasso explained. The retailers marketed this sort of furniture, clothing, shoes, housewares, toys, publications, games and personal treatment objects.

Grasso instructed lehighvalleylive.com Wednesday the Fountain Hill shop closed because of to the transforming retail marketplace. Through is next the path of a lot of merchants during the coronavirus pandemic — they’re closing their brick-and-mortar locations to focus on on the net gross sales.

Patrons can continue to decide on up items at “unprecedented discounts” as a result of the end of August at the Fountain Hill store. Frequent Shopper cards, on the other hand, are no longer becoming stamped and can no longer be redeemed.

By using will sell its thrift wares by on-line internet websites these types of as Poshmark, eBay and Fb Marketplace. The business is nevertheless accepting donations. On the net merchandise will be priced “very competitively,” Grasso mentioned.

Grasso reported revenue also could be expanded to other shops in the long run. Proceeds continue to help Via providers, offering help to people with mental and developmental disabilities achieve their entire possible, she included.

By using declared very last thirty day period it will no lengthier host the By using Marathon or By way of All-Star Basketball Classic. By way of CEO Lisa Walkiewicz explained the coronavirus pandemic forced the firm to make “difficult choices.”

Funds raised no longer justified the effort and hard work put into the situations, Walkiewicz stated.

“It is essential that Via devote its assets to providing our lifetime-sustaining solutions to guidance the most vulnerable customers of our group,” Walkiewicz then stated.

Via of the Lehigh Valley started in 1952 when a team of dad and mom satisfied to talk about expanding chances readily available for their adult kids with disabilities. Two many years later on, the group was integrated as the Lehigh County Affiliation for Retarded Little ones (LARC). In 1989, LARC transformed its name to the Lehigh Valley Association of Rehabilitation Centers. It merged with United Cerebral Palsy of the Lehigh Valley in 1997, forming By using of the Lehigh Valley, Inc.

The company serves much more than 1,000 young children and grown ups with disabilities in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Bucks and Berks counties.

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Pamela Sroka-Holzmann could be reached at [email protected].