KINGMAN - The Gettin' Place, a revamped thrift store that opened last week on Butler Avenue, looks to give people who've had storage unit items auctioned off a second chance to retrieve their personal mementos.
Jana Gallagher lost her place last month and moved in with friend Pricilla Cobb, who lives above a defunct thrift store. The building's owner, Moe Cobb, told Pricilla to either fix up the store or move out of the apartment. Pricilla and Gallagher decided on the former.
What makes the Gettin' Place special? First, it doesn't charge for clothes. Next, once Gallagher and Cobb start buying the contents of auctioned storage units, they plan to give pictures and any other mementos they find in the units back to the original owners.
"I want people to know there's one more chance," said Gallagher. "I don't want them to lose hope."
Gallagher knows how difficult it is to lose personal items, especially when there's an emotional attachment. Gallagher said that too many times in her life she lost her pictures. No one should have to go through that type of pain, she said.
Store-worthy items found in the auctioned units must be bought back, but all personal belongings such as journals or artwork will be given back. In other words, if someone has a picture in a nice frame, the frame goes up for sale and the picture goes back to its owner.
The store accepts donations for the free clothes, and every little bit helps keep the doors open. "The longer the doors are open the more we can grow," said Gallagher.
The Gettin' Place has some nice antiques that can be had for peanuts, including a purple, adult-sized tricycle that's going for $30. The tricycle happens to be the most expensive item in the store, she said.
The Gettin' Place will have a grand opening April 1 at 2530 Butler - right behind the fire station.