Repeat Boutique to close doors - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/10/10

Repeat Boutique to close doors

By Brittany Pieper - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A local charity fundraiser that has served as a staple in the community for more than 20 years will close its doors this summer. Since it opened in 1985 the Repeat Boutique Resale Store has sold nice, secondhand clothes at a reasonable price. The Junior League of Lubbock, who operates the store, takes the profits and puts them back into the community, but this week the group decided it couldn't afford to operate the store any more.

"Very sad. Very sad. Actually, I was almost going to tear up a little because it's important to the community," said customer, Terri Hester. 

"Our sales weren't where they needed to be to feel like we should keep the store open," said Junior League of Lubbock President, Melanie Ragain.

Ragain does not think this will not affect any ongoing projects like their food to kids program which provides bags of foods to 900 elementary school students in Lubbock every weekend, but it could effect future projects. Signature projects in the past include building the Legacy Play Village and Safety City. Ragain worries the money for similar endeavors won't be there in the future.

"We won't be able to maybe save up a lot to do those big signature projects that we've done in the past. We're going to have to think of creative ways to get out into the community and raise more money and work on projects," she said.

Customers like Hester, who visits Repeat Boutique almost every week, wonder where they'll go to find low prices while giving back.

"I think it puts money back into the community. It gives money to the foundation, which I think it important. I think it's imperative actually. Until we help each other, what are we going to do?" said Hester. 

Junior League of Lubbock says they have a committee brainstorming new fundraising ideas, and they will continue to stock the store with new items until it closes at the end of July.

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