Value Village to open store in University Place

Do you want to experience the thrill of finding hidden treasures amongst racks of clothing, housewares, furnishings, toys, jewelry and more for pennies on the dollar?

If so, you’ll want to check out the new Value Village store grand opening in University Place on Thursday. The new store will be the Puget Sound area’s 20th Value Village location.

Celebrating 50 years as the “ultimate treasure hunt,” the new store will also be the fast growing chain’s 198th location in North America and Australia.
“Value Village prides itself on being predictably and unpredictable,” stated Regional Manager Celeste Vanecko. “With over 5,000 quality used items arriving everyday&customers are certain to find a surprise at every turn. It is truly the ultimate treasure hunt.”

The new University Place store, located at the former Shop N Save at 6802 South 19th Street, will carry quality used clothing and household items, sold at 10 to 50 percent of their original price.

“Value Village appeals to smart, practical shoppers who appreciate a good value,” explained Vanecko. “We offer special shipments and promotions throughout the year, so our stores are always fun and engaging. Plus all of our merchandise is sorted and displayed by size and color, which makes it a convenient place to shop.”

Value Village stores purchase their used clothing and household items in bulk from local charities, which collect the items and are paid based on volume of goods delivered.

Value Village has developed these unique relationships with over 120 non-profit offices across North America and Australia (such as Northwest Center for the University Place location).

For customers’ convenience, Value Village gladly accepts donations brought directly to the store and pays their charity partner for every donation received.

In all, the stores recycle about 220 million pounds of clothing and household items a year, keeping the majority of unsold goods out of landfills. What is not suitable for resale in North America is sold to developing nations or material wholesalers.

Value Village stores accept most forms of payment including Debit, Visa, MasterCard and personal checks with identification.

Unlike many other thrift stores, Value Village also offers a convenient exchange policy.

Customers are invited to participate in the store’s grand opening celebration which kicks-off at 9 a.m, Thursday, July 8 and runs through 9 p.m. Saturday, July 10.

Festivities include free giveaways; a chance to win the grand prize TV/DVD combo; one of five $50 shopping sprees or 200 other exciting prizes. Children will enjoy free popcorn, balloons and facepainting.

Store hours for Value Village are: Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, 10 p.m. to 7 p.m.

UPTV launches 24/7 programming
The City of University Place has a new way to communicate with its citizens, one that’s always on and always available whenever they want to tune in and watch.

University Place Television, or UPTV, carries 24-hour a day, seven day a week programming seen on Click! cable channel 12 and Comcast cable channel 21 within the city limits of University Place.

The programs shown on UPTV are intended to inform and educate the city’s residents about day-to-day city government activities as well as significant regional happenings around the county and the state that impact citizens in University Place.

In addition, community festivals and events such as the annual University Place Festival of Fun and the Treasures in the Park/Duck Parade are prominently featured on University Place Television helping promote community pride.

UPTV also includes a community readerboard that will distribute City Council meeting agendas and notices of city activities happening in and around the city’s neighborhoods. The readerboard will eventually include information from the University Place School District, the University Place Fire District and the University Place Library, which means residents will be able to tune in every day and find out what’s happening all over their community.

The majority of the programs you’ll see on UPTV are filmed and produced locally in conjunction with the Rainier Media Center (RMC), which is located on the Clover Park Technical College campus. The RMC is part of the Rainier Communications Commission (RCC), which is a cooperative effort among the majority of cities and towns in Pierce County, as well as Pierce County government.

University Place Television programs are often hosted by Russell Kasselman, a University Place resident and former editor of the University Place Journal newspaper. His involvement in the community began in 1996 and he has maintained an active interest in the growth and development of the City of University Place ever since.