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!
We are thrilled to announce that we are opening the doors to our thrift store, Déjà vu Furniture and Home Décor!
We have put together just enough funding to give this business a shot thanks to a few folks that were willing to make a sacrificial donation to kick-start it.
The work that we have ahead to make the store successful is mountainous. But, if it is successful, it will be able to provide badly needed funding which will help us expand our help to the many women and men who have nowhere to go.
John Stephens, our marketing director, originally crafted the business plan with me and will be stepping into the role of General Manager for the store.
In order to do this, he had to put in his notice with Domtar, where he helped manufacture health care products.
John said, “It was hard to leave the stability that came with my job at Domtar Personal Care. I am leaving behind some amazing people and a great company.”
“I’m a little scared. There’s a lot riding on this store succeeding. Not just for my family, but for everyone who needs our help at Hope Connection.
It’s the key to unlocking the supportive housing vision and I’m really excited about doing my part for that. But, I know I’m going to have to perform. I’m really going to need some help and I’m glad for the words of encouragement that I have received.”
The store, located at 1301 Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, will be open for regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM.
We will start these hours next week on Tuesday, November 7th.
Please feel free to come by and shop, drop off donations, and share your thoughts with us as we work on gathering furniture and building the store out.
We will be holding a grand opening when the store is looking great and our inventory is up to par levels.
We are very excited and very blessed for this opportunity!