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Economy Shop in the Village is open for customers

The nonprofit Economy Shop of Claremont, which began operation in 1933, has reopened for the 2020-2021 season. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. At this time, the shop will not be open on Saturdays.

Shoppers are asked to follow county safety guidelines to include temperature checking, hand sanitizing, wearing masks and practicing safe social distancing. There will be a limited number of shoppers allowed in the store at one time.

The Economy Shop and its volunteers provide a rare blend of neatly displayed, clean quality thrift store merchandise in a fun place to shop. Eighty-five years of service to the community attest to its viability.

The Economy Shop was started during the Great Depression to help citrus industry farm workers and other individuals in need to acquire clothing and household goods at a low cost. In 1948, the volunteer organization acquired the old telephone switching station at 325 W. First St. in the Claremont Village. In January 1949, it official opened as the Economy Shop.

The store is totally staffed by volunteers. As a nonprofit, after minimal operating and maintenance expenses, 100 percent of the annual proceeds are given to local charities, including Inland Valley Hope Partners, Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program (CHAP), AgingNext, Claremont After School Program (CLASP), Crossroads, Dignity Caps of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Project Sister, Shoes That Fit and Uncommon Good.

Community volunteers and donations of clean clothing, household goods, jewelry and books are always appreciated. Donations are accepted during shop hours and on Monday and Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. All donations are tax deductible.

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