The YWCA Greater Baton Rouge is closing its secondhand clothing boutique, La Friperie, because the space is being leased out to another business. Due to the short notice, officials are looking for volunteers to help pack and move the remaining items to a storage unit the week of Jan. 10 through 14.
"We hope to re-open the store in an ideal location as soon as possible," says Store Manager Peggy Johnson. "We're hoping there is someone out there with vacant retail space that would be interested in donating it to us."
La Friperie, 3735 Perkins Road, is a secondhand clothing boutique that offers gently used women's clothing at affordable prices. Their target customer is women from low-income households and those going through transitional stages in their lives. The store is open to the public and 100 percent of the proceeds support the YWCA.
More than a hundred women in financial need have benefitted from La Friperie this past year, including a young woman just released from prison who received a free suit for an interview, which helped her successfully find full-time employment.