Shoppers scout bargains while helping local charity

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TCU students discover affordable home goods and furniture at Berry Good Buys while lending a helping hand.

The resale shop, located at 1701 W. Berry St., just outside the 109, benefits SafeHaven of Tarrant County, which provides free services to victims of domestic violence.

Local 109ers like Sydney Lovejoy, a TCU senior speech pathology major, are finding the shop a valuable resource for furnishing and decorating their off-campus homes while sticking to a budget.

Lovejoy said she had a successful first time buying experience at the shop.

“I was very surprised by what all the shop had in stock,” Lovejoy said. “I wasn’t looking for anything particular but immediately found things to decorate the house I just moved into.”

SafeHaven’s communication director, Kristen Escovedo described the store as “a great way for shoppers to find bargains on everything.”

Bargain hunters can spot a wide variety of inventory at Berry Good Buys, everything from clothing and home goods to furniture and electronics.

Senior nursing major Caroline Hanson said she found a chair at the shop that was “like new and really affordable.”

Berry Good Buys receives donations from people in surrounding areas, which are then sorted and sold by volunteers, Escovedo said. The donated items benefit SafeHaven’s shelters by providing necessities for people coming into the shelter as well as stocking the store to generate money for the non-profit.

“First, we use donations to help women and children who often come to our shelters with only the clothes on their back,” she said. “Second, we sell the items in the resale store, and the proceeds are funneled back into our operating budget.”

SafeHaven offers the only free shelters in Tarrant County for domestic violence victims and works with women and children by offering counseling, children’s programs and legal help.

The store also has a boutique section offering upscale clothing, purses and shoes. And all appliances and electronics are tested to ensure quality.

Donations of clean and gently used items are accepted at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Berry Good Buys will also pick up furniture from donors.

For more information, visit http://www.safehaventc.org/get-involved/berry-good-buys/ or on the shop’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Berry-Good-Buys/113575893442

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