At the beginning of 2017, I found myself itching to make a change. Our 2 children were both in school now, and my mother's Alzheimer's disease began to progress. I knew I wanted to do something that allowed me to be flexible for my family and soak up more time with my Mama. My husband encouraged me to take some saved money and figure out what I’m passionate about and do it! If I had to sum up what I’m passionate about, it would just be people. Old ones, young ones, sick ones, hurt ones, fun ones, difficult ones. I just love people! But what do you do with that passion?
About this time, I came across a friend’s post about a thrift store in my hometown that was donating proceeds to a local charity. As I looked at the picture, I recognized the lady handing over the donation check. I was the flower girl in her wedding YEARS ago. I was instantly interested in what she was up to. After seeing that and having a lengthy conversation with her, this itch in my soul wouldn’t go away. Now, I’m not a thrift store fan. I’m honestly not even a shopping fan. So if I do shop, I want to walk in and find it and leave immediately. So if you would have told me a year ago that I’d be opening up my OWN thrift store, I’d probably spit my drink out. But every idea, every prayer, every detail since that moment has since pushed me to the next and reminded me that this isn’t about ME at all.
As far as the name, Claudia’s Closet, well that was a game time decision. After meeting with Jamie Weese, my attorney helping me set up the non-profit paperwork, I confessed I still hadn’t decided on a store name. She asked my mom’s name and when I told her it was Claudia then Claudia’s Closet was official. I found a business that not only is my passion but my Mama can spend as much time with me at the store as she wants. If you come in while she’s here, you’ll know her as the blonde ball of joy that loves people as much as I do.
I’m excited to share this journey with you and anyone that wants to donate, or shop, or volunteer their time to run the store. Come on in, I can’t wait to meet you!