My New House started its journey in June 2016 with the development of a thrift store in the Rampart community. The thrift store rapidly obtained an excellent reputation for being the cheapest thrift store in the area. We sold new and gently used clothes, shoes, housewares, life accessories, and furniture.
We strategically selected this location due to our desire to serve an underprivileged community. Over the years, Rampart has gained its reputation for being one of the most dangerous areas of Los Angeles. Rampart is the cradle of La Mara Salvatrucha. La Mara Salvatrucha or MS-13 is a violent gang mainly composed by Salvadoreans. Shootings, assaults, gang confrontations, drug dealings, homelessness, absent parents are the day by day of that community. On the other hand, Rampart also houses diverse types of residents, college students, and hard-working people, mainly immigrants. You may ask yourself, how can decent and generous people live in a place like this? Very simple, affordable rent. Rampart's housing is more affordable than its boundaries.
To our surprise, our clientele did not limit to the Rampart residents. We had customers from San Diego, San Fernando Valley, Santa Monica, Lancaster, West Los Angeles, and many other places. For example, one customer found a pair of mirrors on OfferUp. She drove all the way from San Diego to pick up both mirrors. A San Francisco customer saw one antique chair we posted on Instagram. This specific chair matched the one he needed. He bought the chair online and picked it up the next day. People from everywhere would come to the store to choose their favorite item.
After two years in business, we were forced to close the thrift store due to not having enough budget to sell cheap. Increasing prices is not part of our business model. The very last day, we opened the doors to our customer and allowed them to take everything they needed. From clothes to furniture. We are honored to say that thousands of people benefitted during the tenure of our thrift store. The good news is that we are currently seeking for another location to hold our thrift store.