Lidiia Deliaieva, volunteer coordinator for the second-hand clothing store—which has been giving 100 percent of its proceeds to the clinic and operating as a employment readiness program for its clients for the last year-and-a-half—says that high rent costs played a huge role in making the tough decision. But hopefully this isn’t a permanent thing for the business. Deliaieva adds that the Refugee Clinic aims to re-open Section 96 in a new, more affordable location come springtime. Until then it will keep busy by holding pop-up shops, selling off its fashions at university campuses during the winter (see its Facebook page to stay in the loop, lovers of used clothing).
But hear this—through December 15, Section 96's final day, the store is selling every single item it has for just $5. Five dollars sounds like an excuse to help lighten the load and support a very worthy cause in the process. Plus, you could probably use an extra sweater.