Neat Repeats store in Worth adds Sunday hours
BY STEVE METSCH email@example.com October 30, 2013 7:04AM
Mary Lipp, of Chicago Ridge, looks at tops at Neat Repeats in Worth. The resale store raises money for Crisis Centers of South Suburbia. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
For the first time in its quarter-century of being in business, Neat Repeats Resale in Worth will be open for business on Sundays starting in November.
The store is a fundraising operation for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, which helps women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
“It’s never been open on Sundays. It’s always been Monday through Saturday and, as time went on, we expanded the hours. It was only open 10 (a.m.) to 1 (p.m.) at the start,” store manager Doreen Holford said.
“We have to kind of compete with everyone in the area,” she said of the decision to open on Sundays.
The store has a wide range of clothing, accessories, household items, books and CDs among its inventory.
“A lot of (the resale) stores are open on Sundays. The other thing is it’s going to be the holiday season, so we’re keeping up with the competition,” she said.
She said that “because of the economy, we’re getting more customers in here.”
Holford is looking for volunteers willing to give up some of their Sundays to staff the store, 7026 W. 111th St. The store will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each Sunday and, as a result, will now be open every day of the week.
“It’s after church, not too late in the day, before dinner. It’s kind of in the middle,” Holford said of the Sunday hours.
“We know it’s going to be hard to get people to volunteer for Sundays, so we tried to work up a good time frame for them,” Holford said.
Robyn Nelsch, of Hickory Hills, is one volunteer who is happy to add Sundays to her workload.
“I love this place. It’s like a second home. Leave your problems at the door, come in and know you are doing good things for people who really need it. It’s very fulfilling,” Nelsch said.
The store has raised nearly $8 million in 25 years for the Crisis Center for South Suburbia.
Nelsch thinks the Sunday hours will prove popular.
“I myself would go shopping on Sundays and be disappointed if a store wasn’t open. I’ve been telling customers (about Sundays) and they’re all excited,” Nelsch said.
Shoppers will see the store recently got a makeover with new carpeting, freshly painted walls and a new exterior sign.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which should create more awareness of the store’s mission.
Holford conceded she is a bit concerned there may be parking woes on Sundays when the Bears play at noon because there is a bar next door, but she thinks things will work out in the long run.
For more information or to volunteer, visit www.crisisctr.org or call (708) 361-6860.