Second Chance Boutique moves, expands

WAXHAW – Second Chance Boutique in Waxhaw is moving across the street in hopes of using its new, bigger space to attract more attention and more support for Turning Point domestic violence shelter.

Maria Benedetto, manager of the boutique, believes the move to 3,000 square feet at 1201 N. Broome St., beside Family Dollar, will make the thrift shop more visible and bring in more customers. The center, in addition to two similar locations in Monroe, supports Turning Point, which is the only domestic violence shelter for women and children in Union County.

The new location is “going to be fantastic,” Benedetto said. And with more space now than at the previous 1,200-square-foot boutique, there will be more room for donations – which Second Chance Boutique thrives on. All items for sale at the store have been donated, and customers can receive a tax receipt for their donations, making it a win-win for the shop and patrons.

What the boutique and community do for each other, along with women and children, is tremendous, Benedetto said.

“We have former clients that come in here and say, ‘I was there once, and what you guys do is beyond words,’” she said.  “(The boutique) really impacts their lives.”

Staff will begin moving into the new location on Monday, June 30, and a grand reopening event with festivities will be held at 10 a.m. on July 21.

The grand reopening will give people a chance to view the new store and larger selection of merchandise, another perk of moving to a bigger spot.

“I’ll be able to put more things out so there will be a greater selection,” Benedetto said. “Everyone has been very generous because they know what we do here. … The people in the community are so generous and so kind because they believe in what we do.”

Benedetto is always looking for volunteers, and hopes the new space and celebration will attract people interested in helping. Volunteers may learn a valuable lesson while they’re at it.

“It’s a good thing, especially for teenagers to know what we do and the issues. (Domestic violence) is not a problem that’s going away,” she said.

Second Chance Boutique will be open Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., once it opens at its new location. Find more information at www.secondchanceboutiqueuc.org.

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