Resale shops offer the best deals in the world – consider its goods “new to you” and you can find everything you need for your home and family. But, just like every other business, they felt the pinch of coronavirus.
Council Re|Sale, one of the oldest resale shops in metro Detroit, was forced to close its doors at the start of the pandemic to keep staff and customers safe.
The store, which originally opened in 1934 at 89 Rowena Street in Detroit, is operated by National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan, a volunteer and social advocacy organization. Today, it is located at 3297 W. 12 Mile Road in Berkley.
The store is re-opening with stringent safety measures and a 50 percent off sale. In addition, every week there will be a new rack selling items for just $1.
“Our wonderful donors really cleaned out their closets during the lockdown, setting aside fabulous items of clothing for us. We started accepting donations mid-June, all of which have been quarantined, and they have been coming in by the carload,” said Amy Cutler, President of NCJW| MI.
“As we open our doors to customers, we want to assure them that we are following the most stringent of guidelines from the CDC, National Institute of Health and Oakland County. They can shop for gorgeous bargains knowing they are safe.”
Safety measures include:
· All newly donated items are held in a storage pod for a safe amount of time
· All staff practice social distancing and wearing masks and gloves while handling donations
· Staff and volunteers will have temperature checks daily
· Touch Free donation station at the back of the store; donors call 248.548.6664 when they arrive
· Hand sanitizing stations
· Only 10 shoppers allowed into the store at one time
· No dressing rooms – clothes can be returned for Council Cash within 10 days of purchase; returned items will be quarantined
Council Re|Sale is known for having high-end clothing, including designer wear and other hidden treasures. All its proceeds go towards supporting the many projects National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan run to benefit Detroit area women, children, and families in need.
Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; donations of clothing (not home accessories or books currently) are accepted Thursday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on Council Re|Sale go to www.councilresale.net; for more information on National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan go to www.ncjwmi.org
Founded in 1891 and inspired by Jewish values, National Council of Jewish Women, Michigan has maintained a progressive stance on issues at the local, state and national levels. It is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates committed to social justice and a call for action, ‘Powerful Voices. Progressive Change’. The mission of supporters is to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.