If you love thrift stores, bargain shopping and treasure hunting, then swing by Second Chance Boutiques in Union county. There are two locations: Monroe and Waxhaw, where brand name shoes for $4 and designer jeans for 10 can be found. Purses, scarves and even furniture are on the main floor. It's not an unusual sight… in fact that's what you'd expect from a thrift store. This place has over 2000 items for sale, and with new things hitting the shelves everyday, you can find a new gem on any given day.
Everything is donated from the community. Larger items, like furniture can be picked up with their truck. Store manager Judi Abbott says it's an upscale thrift store. There's dressing rooms and stylists on hand to share their advice.
"I will literally walk in and say 'I've got a wedding, dress me', and they will." Judi Abbott
But what makes this boutique stand apart from others is that all the net proceeds from the store go to support Turning Point: a domestic violence shelter based in Union County.
Executive Director of Turning Point, Naomi Herndon, says "We provide them with safe shelter when they are in eminent danger and trying to leave their abuser." National studies show that every year over 6 million women experience domestic violence. And in 2011 North Carolina domestic violence agencies took nearly 100-thousand crisis calls.
"Nobody deserves to be abused." Naomi Herndon
Turning point helps families to break the cycle of abuse. They try to empower woman and their children to live a violence free life.
Naomi says "If they need counseling, if they need help with serving a protective order in the courts, if they need help finding a job, if they need daycare, if they need medical assistance," Turning Point is there, and they offer services to anyone who needs it…no matter where they live.
Established in 1986, Turning Point is now able to house up to 42 women and children in their facility. And through private donations and Second Chance Boutiques, day-to-day operations of the shelter are funded.
The boutique is there to support the clients of Turning Point, so they get to shop for free. Others who shop get the benefit of items priced to sell.
"Our thoughts are always what's in the best interest of the client. So we'll get stuff in, we'll get it clean, get it sold. Say something is 200 dollars, but someone says, but I only have a $150. Our first thought is, does it stay on the floor or does it go out the door?," Judi Abbott
For more information on these stores visit www.secondchanceboutiqueuc.org
For more information on Turning Point visit www.turntoday.net