Thrift shopping is a tedious process, and boutiques that do the work for you often up-sale the product so high you wonder why you’re paying what seems like more than the original price for second-hand clothes. Hand Me Ups, a temporary thrift boutique in Container Park, is not only reasonable in their pricing but also benefits local and national causes.
Ran by entrepreneurial teenagers Ava Zech, 17, and Julia Reguera, 16, that shop is open until August 25 only. All of the proceeds go to a charity of the buyer’s choice once they pay back the one-month loan on the container. Everything in the DIY shop decorated with music posters from their favorite record store, Everyday Music, costs between $3-$17.
Reguera and Zech are in town from Seattle while on summer vacation before they go back to Garfield High School for their senior year. “We both love thrift shopping but it’s annoying to go through [everything],” Reguera says. They asked for donations by putting up fliers and getting the word out online. They sorted through all the donations themselves, keeping the trendy product that’s in good condition. On Friday, Reguera and Zech recieved another 500-pound shipment that included books, records and other items. Later, they plan on making their way to 11th Street Records to pick up more vinyl for the shop.
There are 12 different charities to choose from, such as Safe Nest domestic violence center, the Humane Society, the Environmental Defense Fund, and Mental Health America. “We wanted as broad a range as we could,” Zech says.
Hand Me Ups hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.- Thurs., 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. Fri.- Sat., and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sunday.