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Claremont’s Economy Shop to re-open next week

The nonprofit Economy Shop of Claremont, which began operation in 1933, will re-open for the 2018 season on September 5, providing a rare blend of clean, quality thrift store merchandise, neatly displayed. Eighty-five years of service to the community attest to its viability as a fun place to shop.

The Economy Shop opened during the Great Depression to help citrus industry farm workers and others in need acquire clothing and household goods. In 1948, the volunteer organization acquired the old telephone switching station at 325 W. First St., in Claremont. In January of 1949, it officially opened as The Economy Shop. The building is characterized today by its bright blue awning.

As a nonprofit and fully staffed by volunteers, 100 percent of the annual proceeds are given to local charities, including Inland Valley Hope Partners, the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), Claremont Senior Services, the Claremont After School Program (CLASP), Crossroads, Dignity Caps at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Project Sister, Shoes That Fit and Uncommon Good.

Community volunteers and donations of clean clothing, small household goods, jewelry and books are appreciated. All donations are tax deductible.

Hours for the shop are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.