The LACASA Collection, an upscale resale shop in Howell, invites the public to attend its three-day grand opening celebration Sept. 8-10. The store is located at 120 W. Highland Road in the Crossroads Town Center (which is also home to Kroger).
Grand opening festivities will include raffle giveaways, pop-up drawings, special discounts and refreshments. Shoppers who donate a new or gently-used Halloween costume for a child or adult will receive a percentage off on general merchandise and furniture.
“We are excited about this new venture, which was developed to provide sustainable funding for our organization,” said Bobette Schrandt, LACASA president and CEO.
All store proceeds stay local, and in addition to funding critical programs for victims of abuse and interpersonal violence at LACASA Center, the store also provides a dignified shopping experience for LACASA clients.
“Shelter residents often come to us with just the clothes on their backs,” Schrandt said. “In the past, we’ve had to give them whatever generic clothing we had on hand. Now, our clients will receive gift cards so they can shop with dignity for all the things they need.”
The LACASA Collection specializes in one-of-a-kind treasures at good prices, including home décor, furniture, jewelry, books, games, toys, and clothing for the entire family. The store also provides a place for supporters to donate once-loved items and get a tax write-off.
New, nearly-new or gently-loved donations are accepted at the store 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The store’s website provides donation guidelines at lacasacollection.org.
Much of the cost to renovate the 5,000-square-foot retail space was donated by area contractors and tradesmen.
The LACASA Collection’s soft opening phase began on Aug. 14, 2017.
“It was important to have a soft opening so we could fine-tune operations and get customer feedback,” Schrandt said. “We’ve had an amazing response and we appreciate customers sharing their impressions and ideas.”
A management team runs the store, which is staffed by volunteers.
“We are seeking volunteers to help at the store in a variety of positions,” said Schrandt. Helpers can assist on the sales floor or behind-the-scenes. Shifts are four hours and scheduling is flexible.
The grand opening celebration will feature a variety of fun activities, including special pop-up promotions and prize giveaways. Customers who donate a Halloween costume (new or nearly new) for a child or adult during the three-day event will receive 25 percent off on general merchandise and a 10 percent discount on furniture items. Donated Halloween merchandise will be offered at the store in October.