In early 2016, Debra Barkett proceeded to launch a social enterprise that financially aids Hope Connection in the future. Then, she stumbled across a commercial storage facility down the sidewalk from the Community Care Center at the South Hills Mall on Buck Jones Road. In the beginning, we rented the space to store in-kind donations at the facility.
Shortly after, we began receiving random furniture donations without even advertising the need for furniture! Before long, our furniture donations accumulated to the point where we needed to lease the entire commercial space and open our own furniture thrift store. With our Development Director Ben Weston hard at work on the phones, we eventually accrued enough furniture and home décor to host furniture sales once a month in the summer of 2017.
On November 7, 2017, Déjà Vu Furniture and Home Décor Thrift store opened its doors to the public for full-time sales, largely due to the personal sacrifice of one of our board members, John Stephens. Now, Déjà Vu Thrift Store is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. We are always looking for volunteer staff members to manage the cash register, help price or rearrange furniture, and assist with the furniture pick-ups from donors’ homes. Witnessing the progress of the Déjà Vu Thrift Store has been extraordinary!