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Philly AIDS Thrift expanding into huge second floor

Philly AIDS Thrift  is expanding into a 3,800 square-foot space on the second floor so it can add a huge selection of used furniture and possibly Christmas items.

Currently, the store, at 710 S. 5th St., has most of its stock of donated clothes, housewares, electronics and other sundries on the first floor, with books and a community/cafe section on the third. The addition of the second floor will give the shop the space it needs to spread merchandise out more, manager/co-founder Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou explained.

“None of us thought in a million years that we would expand so much by moving around the corner,” she said, referring to the previous location at 514 Bainbridge St.

Kallas-Saritsoglou  hopes to have a year-round “Christmas village” because they are constantly receiving Christmas items from donors.

For now, she knows she wants to sell donated furniture on the second floor because it will be easier to display than cramming everything in the cafe section.

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In the near future, Philly AIDS Thrift may also start making pick-ups at donors’ homes, but Kallas-Saritsoglou said she’s not certain when that would start.

Besides selling cool stuff, of course, Philly AIDS Thrift donates its proceeds to the AIDS Fund, which in turn distributes the contributions to 29 AIDS organizations in Philadelphia.

Philly AIDS Thrift gives $17,000 a month to the AIDS Fund. The store raised $180,000  last year and to date, $693,500 total.

“It’s wonderful that we get to fulfill our mission,” Kallas-Saritsoglou said.

People can assist by shopping, donating and volunteering. Check their website for more informaiton.

And thanks to Racked Philly for tipping us off to this development.

- Ruthann Alexander, @RuthannAlexande



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