Re-Tail Boutique and the La Plata County Humane Society
Since 1971, the La Plata County Humane Society thrift store has strived to fund their mission of “enhancing and protecting the lives of homeless pets in the La Plata County” (Re-Tail Boutique Website). With each sale made, all proceeds benefited the animals in their shelter and helped them continue their mission, including the Re-Tail Boutique. The boutique came to life to bring extra funding to the La Plata Humane Society. Unfortunately, according to Guthrie Hardesty, the director of Re-Tail Boutique, they’ve only been breaking even the last several months.
After eight months, the Re-Tail Boutique will close by the end of January 2019. The decision was made Thursday, January 3rd after months of discussion by the board of directors and Hardesty.
“The idea for the Re-Tail Boutique came years ago, before I became director,” said Hardesty. The lease was signed in March of 2019 and by the first week of May, the boutique was open for business.
“A lot of planning went into this, between the board, the former director and myself,” he said.
Goals and plans were put into action almost as quickly as they were made. They wanted to explore this new idea while holding to the mission of the thrift store and tying it back to the Humane Society.
The first month profits were booming due to a large amount of production according to Hardesty. The Re-Tail Boutique invested in marketing, advertising at donation drop off sites, even radio and TV ads. This all lead to the most profitable month they saw. But with the summer came stabilization.
“It’s really mostly the location,” he said. “It’s not really hidden necessarily, just kind of out of the way.”
It’s current location, just off of Highway 550, is in somewhat of an office building, not near any other retail stores. On top of that, it’s up three flights of stairs and tucked away, causing extra effort for the customer to find. This lack of natural foot traffic and accessibility could make it difficult for some customers.
While many may be sad about the boutique closing, Hardesty explained how the Re-Tail Boutique will not disappear, but instead it will combine spaces with the original Humane Society thrift store. Instead of two separate entities, the Re-Tail Boutique will simply occupy a section of the thrift store, allowing all of your shopping to be done in one place.
“There will be a completely different atmosphere, and we plan to distinguish it from the rest of the store,” he said.
The combination will allow for a diverse selection of products, seperate from the typical thrift store feel with “no piles and no digging.”
“We’re really excited to move into the thrift store,” said Hardesty. “We really appreciate the community support, and want to thank everyone for their awesome donations.”
He also wants to encourage everyone to continue donating these awesome items for the merge with the thrift store which will be coming soon.
As the boutique will be closing at the end of the month, there will be a week long closing sale before the move to the thrift store location. While the sale is not set in stone, Hardesty is predicting the 21st through the 26th of January is the best bet. Be sure to check back here for updates.
We at 360Durango want to acknowledge the La Plata County Humane Society Thrift Store and the Re-Tail Boutique for all that they do for animals in need in the Durango area. Even if you’re not into thrift shopping, we’d recommend stopping by to play with the animals for a bit of stress relief and to see all that this organization does.