THRIFT STORE OPENING

July 08, 2003 11:00 pm
SETTING UP FOR BUSINESS: Zee Koza, left, of New Day Enterprises discusses with Kris Silver how items should be arranged in the new thrift store, All-Bargain Center, on Adams Avenue. Silver will be the manager of the store. (The Observer/RAY LINKER).
SETTING UP FOR BUSINESS: Zee Koza, left, of New Day Enterprises discusses with Kris Silver how items should be arranged in the new thrift store, All-Bargain Center, on Adams Avenue. Silver will be the manager of the store. (The Observer/RAY LINKER).

New Day Enterprises, a non-profit group which turns any profit it makes into aid for developmentally disabled adults, has opened its eighth physical location — and third business — in La Grande.

It's called the All-Bargain Center, with the emphasis on "bargain," said New Day's Zee Koza.

"You can call it an upscale and new surplus thrift store," Koza said. "The clothes we will sell are spotless, cleaned before they are brought into the store. And the surplus items we get are new."

The store, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, will be managed by Kris Silver.

A grand opening is planned Wednesday and Thursday, June 11 and 12, during Crazy Daze, with appropriate balloons and prizes.

Using a $75,000 economic development grant — which it matched — from Northeast Oregon Alliance, New Day bought the building between McGlasson's Stationery Inc. and The Copy Club in the 1200 block of Adams Avenue. The Copy Club is in the same building, and as soon as that company finds a new home, the thrift store will expand into its space, Koza said, doubling the amount of display space the business will have.

"I think we got the grant because we could provide jobs for developmentally disabled adults and for the general public," Koza said.

"Everything we do is for the benefit of our clients. I like to say, ‘We turn donations into vocations.' "

Many items in the store will be donated by the public, she said, but a lot comes from the surplus items they are able to buy in bulk.

The store will have variety of items, such as housewares, craft items, kids' toys (including Furby Buddies for $2), new comforters and curtain sets, Koza said.