Annandale’s shopping options have just gotten a bit better: Joseph’s Coat, a resale shop with recycled items, opened Saturday morning at 7219 Columbia Pike, in the building formerly occupied by Fairfax Auto Parts.
The shop is run by and benefits Bethany House, a non-profit organization that operates four shelters for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.
The store had to move from its former location in a strip mall on Annandale Road near Route 50, because the owner, Bill Page Honda, is expanding and plans to rebuild that shopping center.
|Penny Gross cuts the ribbon with help from Catherine Hassinger, the executive director of Bethany House (third from the left), store manager Matt Walthall (right) and members of the Bethany House board.|
“I’m delighted that Joseph’s Coat stayed in the Mason District. It’s a wonderful investment in our community,” said Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, who cut the ribbon officially opening the store.
Seniors are entitled to a 10 percent, and members of the military (with a military ID) receive a 20 percent discount every day. Students (with a student ID) receive a 10 percent discount on Saturdays.
Matt Walthall, the shop’s manager, doesn’t want people to call Joseph’s Coat a “thrift shop” because the merchandise is in such good condition and nicely arranged, and it’s not a consignment shop because it doesn’t pay for the items it sells.
Walthall says he’s happy about the shop relocating to the “heart of Annandale,” because “most of our customers are from Annandale and Falls Church.”
Joseph’s Coat is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and accepts donations during those hours. Among the items the store won’t accept: large appliances, mattresses, weapons, auto parts, torn furniture, and building materials.