FAIRBURY – After about 30 years, the Blue Valley Community Action Partnership is closing its thrift store in Fairbury at the end of May.
The last official day is May 23.
BVCA, which is headquartered in Fairbury, is a non-profit organization committed to helping people overcome poverty and improve their lives in 13 southeast Nebraska counties
With that mission in mind, family community services director Ryan Bailey says the closing of the thrift store will help Blue Valley improve the services they offer to people in need.
“We will still have the food pantry,” Bailey said. “We still have the emergency services, homeless services, all of the services that we provide. Nothing will change. In fact, it’s my belief that they will be better, because we will be able to focus more on those specific services.”
Blue Valley will still take donated clothes and other items at the nearby E Street thrift store at 4th and E, as well as the Foursquare Gospel Church at 6th and H.
Bailey also cited very little foot traffic and lack of volunteer help as reasons for closing the current thrift store.
“Sometimes, we’ll only have about five people come through the door in an entire day,” she said.
Right now, most items inside Fairbury’s BVCA thrift store are marked down to 50 cents apiece.
Blue Valley’s thrift store in Hebron has been closed since early April due to structural concerns. Bailey, and BVCA CEO Shari Miller, says they’re waiting for people to inspect that building on 4th Street in Hebron.
They’re also looking at possible new locations for Hebron’s thrift store, but there’s no update on that as of now.