Salvation Army thrift store opens new boutique

Friday, October 22, 2010 | 7:46 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Salvation Army is opening a new clothing store, Walnut Street Boutique, inside its family thrift store at 23 E. Walnut St.

The grand opening will be at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The boutique will offer name-brand clothing — some new — and vintage clothing, women's formal wear and accessories.

"The store is a separate room toward the back of the thrift store," said Robert Wells, Walnut Thrift Store manager. "It has all new floors, paint and decor and is sealed off with a door.

"It's basically a store within a store. There isn't a street entrance."

All items are donated, said Cyndy Chapman, regional development director of the Salvation Army.

The new name-brand clothing will be items bought but unworn with tags still attached, she said.

The boutique will have "cream-of-the-crop items" from the thrift store and allow it to showcase the higher-quality donations.

Proceeds from the thrift store are used locally to provide shelter, emergency food and clothing to people in the community.

"It's a big point of pride for the Salvation Army, and this way if someone is giving to their local branch, they will know their donations are going back into helping their own community," Wells said.

Hours for the Walnut Street Boutique will be Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"We are very fortunate to have people who believe in the mission of the Salvation Army," Chapman said.

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