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Spotlight on Los Alamos: Second-hand but first-rate

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By Kelly LeVan

They sort through bags of towels, dishes, sweaters and shoes, sometimes finding one boot in one bag and the other boot in another. They hang the dress slacks, organize the books, move the noisiest toys to the upper shelves, and rearrange the vases, glasses, lamps and tea sets to make room for the newcomers. All said, it takes Casa Mesita Thrift Shop’s 14 volunteers anywhere from 50-60 hours to get ready to open on a sale day.

The thrift shop, which moved from its former location on Nectar Street to the Mari-Mac Shopping Center about two-and-a-half years ago, is packed – but it’s hardly junk. In fact, the quality of the items for sale at Casa Mesita Thrift Shop might surprise you. Designer labels, working zippers, unstained blouses and unripped jeans line the aisles of clothes, and the housewares and kids’ items have all been checked to make sure they’re in solid, working order.

“We get a lot of brand new things with price tags still on,” said volunteer Norma Oona. “This is a very generous community.”


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