BALTIMORE — A new second-hand store opened in Charles Village, with proceeds benefiting a long-established social organization in the adjacent building.
Ruth’s Repeats, a discount resale shop located at 2521 N. Charles Street, celebrated its ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning. Sitting next door to the House of Ruth Maryland's Community Engagement Center, all proceeds from the store will support programs for victims of intimate partner violence run by the local women’s center. From fresh fashion retail to vintage goods will be on sale. To celebrate the store’s Grand Opening, visitors can participate in hourly prize drawings, games, taste some light refreshments, and enjoy 25 percent off all merchandise, with a 10 percent coupon offered at each purchase to go towards you next shopping trip. The specials will run through Saturday.
“We are thrilled that we are part of this community, and we are able to provide a retail experience, and also have that retail experience, which is great for the community, and provides support to the very important work that we do,” said Sandi Timmins, the Executive Director of House of Ruth Maryland. “…. We encourage everyone who loves fashion and models compassion to visit our new store for fabulous items at a great price.”
Ruth’s Repeats is the second retail space run by House of Ruth Maryland. A similar store, Ruth’s Closet, located at Valley Village Shopping Center in Owings Mills, is “an upscale resale boutique, specializing in new and gently worn, fashionable women’s clothing and accessories, featuring incredible prices and a constantly changing inventory,” according to the store’s website.
Ruth’s Repeats will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Ruth’s Closet operates from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Both stores are closed Sunday and Monday.
The opening of Ruth’s Repeats means the House of Ruth Maryland’s Community Engagement Center is now fully operational, the organization said. The center is a public access facility that is meant to promote discussion and community engagement to help the community understand and grapple with intimate partner violence. House of Ruth Maryland “leads the fight to end violence against women and their children by confronting attitudes, behaviors and systems that perpetuate it, and by providing victims with the services necessary to rebuild their lives safely and free of fear,” the organization’s website says.
“House of Ruth Maryland provides comprehensive services.” Tinni said. “So while most people know we have an emergency shelter, it’s also important that our community knows we provide legal services, counseling services, we help people relocate in the community, and we have lots of other access to partners that provide help for all victims.”