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October 12, 2012 | By Peter Delevett
Hate that old blouse? Fear not: A slew of new start-ups are running virtual marketplaces where people can sell and buy secondhand treasures. Companies such as Poshmark Inc., Twice and Threadflip are offering new twists on the yard sale and what they say is a more intimate experience than online mega-malls such as EBay Inc. "It feels like it's become a new cultural shift, in terms of what women can do with their wardrobes," said Rosalie Yu,...
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August 27, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years. When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and installed red flocked wallpaper. From that moody place, she moved on to a sunnier, beachy vibe with seaside blue and green accents. The bungalow may be small, but De Vargas said the size does not limit her. It is, in fact, what has empowered her to change designs over and over again.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2002
A Ventura man was sentenced Monday to nine years in state prison for embezzling about $700,000 from charities that aid the developmentally disabled, prosecutors said. Allen Henry Norton, 51, was also ordered to pay nearly $450,000 in restitution to the Foundation for Retarded Citizens of Ventura County and $94,025 to the California Franchise Tax Board. Norton pleaded guilty in February to two counts of felony grand theft and one count of failing to pay income taxes.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Jon Healey
Charitable donations hit a notable high-water mark in California last year. According to a report released Thursday by the state attorney general's office, a little more than half of the dollars collected by commercial fundraisers in 2011 actually found its way to the charity that hired them. That's the first time since the state began reporting these figures in 1997 that less than half of the contributions were lost to fundraiser overhead and profits. But that's the average, not the rule, when it comes to commercial fundraisers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1996 | KATE FOLMAR
The Out of the Closet Thrift Store chain, which raises funds for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, will open a North Hollywood branch today on Victory Boulevard and reopen a revamped bargain basement store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Both stores will have ribbon-cutting ceremonies, special markdowns and raffles, entertainment and light refreshments in honor of the opening of the chain's ninth store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2003 | David Pierson, Times Staff Writer
Cindy Bertematti was one of hundreds of people heading to area thrift stores Tuesday to unload forgettable fashions and creaky furniture in hopes of landing a tax deduction before the year's end. Outside a Goodwill Industries store in Canoga Park, Bertematti said she gives away unwanted items every year, including a 1994 Pontiac Grand Am a few years ago that she said saved her thousands of dollars in taxes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1991 | SHANNON SANDS
The Sheepfold, a shelter program for homeless women and children, is planning to open a thrift store Sept. 3 in Orange. Sheepfold, a Tustin-based nonprofit organization with shelters in Brea, Tustin and Garden Grove, has raised funds in the past through private and corporate donations. "This is something new for us," said Joni Ginsburg, manager of the thrift store to be opened at 1330 N. Glassell St. Sheepfold is seeking donations of clean and working items to be sold at the thrift store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2002
A Ventura man pleaded guilty Friday to bilking $700,000 from two thrift store operations that benefit mentally disabled citizens, according to county prosecutors. Allen Henry Norton, 51, stole the funds from the Foundation for Retarded Citizens of Ventura County and the Santa Maria Assn. for the Retarded Foundation in Santa Barbara between 1995 and 2000, prosecutors said. Norton managed thrift stores for both charities. He remains in jail pending a June 13 sentencing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1992 | DEBRA CANO
Collette Gardner has had her share of bad luck. Gardner, 30, a single mother with two children, was hit by a car four years ago while walking across a street. Last May, her car was rear-ended. Since that accident, she has suffered hip problems. But on Friday Gardner received the hip surgery she needed that she hopes will enable her to literally get back on her feet again. Because of the surgery, she hasn't been able to care for her children, and she had no one to turn to.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
A two-alarm fire Thursday evening gutted a thrift store and threatened seven other shops in a strip mall, authorities said. The fire at 6 p.m. quickly consumed the J&M Thrift and Gift Store at 5521 Lincoln Ave., and left adjacent shops with minor damage, said Capt. Scott Brown of the Orange County Fire Authority. The cause of the fire was under investigation Thursday night, and a damage estimate was not available, Brown said.
BUSINESS
October 12, 2012 | By Peter Delevett
Hate that old blouse? Fear not: A slew of new start-ups are running virtual marketplaces where people can sell and buy secondhand treasures. Companies such as Poshmark Inc., Twice and Threadflip are offering new twists on the yard sale and what they say is a more intimate experience than online mega-malls such as EBay Inc. "It feels like it's become a new cultural shift, in terms of what women can do with their wardrobes," said Rosalie Yu,...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | Steve Lopez
The expansive parking lot at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Lincoln Heights was nearly full Monday afternoon, with yet more cars wedged into tight spots out on the sun-blasted street. Bargain hunters scaled the stairs like salmon going upstream, working against the satisfied shoppers on their way out with full carts. Where was all this booming business? At the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. In case you needed more evidence of the gut-kick California's economy has taken, consider this: Sales records have been shattered at thrifts in Oxnard, Long Beach and the Lincoln Heights store, said David Fields, executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
OPINION
March 13, 2011 | By Ann Brenoff
Two years ago, I felt the full blunt force of the recession come crashing down on me. I lost my job of 18 years, writing and editing at this newspaper. With a tap on the shoulder and a summons to HR, I became just another casualty in the economic collapse that has reduced our nation's workforce by 8 million jobs. From the beginning, I decided I wouldn't waste an ounce of energy being angry at what happened to me or blame anyone ? including myself. I kept my eyes focused on the target: Keeping my family afloat in what is arguably the world's most difficult economic time.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 2009 | Scott Timberg
If watching Alaska women in leotards gyrating in front of snow-capped mountains doesn't sound like your idea of a good time, then you probably won't see the art in the Found Footage Festival, running tonight and Friday at Hollywood's M Bar. But for Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, two Wisconsin-born anthropologists of the ephemeral, it's not just a life's work, it's a calling. "In this media-obsessed culture," says Prueher, festival co-founder, "where everything is deemed worth posting, you need someone to take you through it all. To separate the wheat from the chaff."
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2009 | Jessica Gelt
When you walk into BoHo, a new gastropub in Hollywood next to the ArcLight theater, you feel a bit like you're walking into your grandfather's den -- if your grandfather's den had 25 beers on tap and were full of hot ladies. (Your grandfather can dream.) Occupants aside, BoHo is bursting with kitschy knickknacks, gaudy oil paintings and mismatched lights and furniture.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2009 | John Lippman
It cost me $44.93 to look like a million bucks. That's how much I spent on the resplendent sampling from my wardrobe I'm currently wearing. The outfit would have easily cost more than $1,000 -- if purchased new from brand-name stores. But the garments all came from thrift stores. My suit, a charcoal-gray herringbone in mint condition from Brooks Brothers, cost $12.95. A like-new, spread collar, sky-blue dress shirt from Banana Republic cost $2.99. My tie, a rich paisley by Ralph Lauren, was $1.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The City Council today will consider a temporary ordinance that would prohibit the opening ,of new thrift and discount stores. The 45-day emergency ordinance would give the council time to consider permanent regulations.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2009 | John Lippman
It cost me $44.93 to look like a million bucks. That's how much I spent on the resplendent sampling from my wardrobe I'm currently wearing. The outfit would have easily cost more than $1,000 -- if purchased new from brand-name stores. But the garments all came from thrift stores. My suit, a charcoal-gray herringbone in mint condition from Brooks Brothers, cost $12.95. A like-new, spread collar, sky-blue dress shirt from Banana Republic cost $2.99. My tie, a rich paisley by Ralph Lauren, was $1.
BUSINESS
January 7, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has given preliminary approval to changes in new lead-testing rules after complaints that the measures could have forced thrift stores and sellers of handmade toys to dispose of merchandise or even go out of business. If formally adopted, the changes approved on a first vote Tuesday would grant exemptions to last year's Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which seeks to ensure that products for children do not contain dangerous amounts of lead.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2009 | Alana Semuels
Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing. The law, aimed at keeping lead-filled merchandise away from children, mandates that all products sold for those age 12 and younger -- including clothing -- be tested for lead and phthalates, which are chemicals used to make plastics more pliable.
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