Shopping at Angel View saves money and enriches lives of the disabled

You can improve your home decor and wardrobe, plus lives of the disabled when you shop at the Angel View Resale Boutique in Temecula.  

Angel View is a 60-year-old non-profit organization based in Desert Hot Springs that serves children and adults with disabilities. It has 16 resale stores and boutiques in Riverside and San Bernardino counties that fund therapeutic services and residential care facilities for clients in the Coachella Valley and High Desert.

The Temecula boutique opened four years ago and is doing well, said Bradley Hyman its assistant manager.  It averages $30,000 a month in sales.

Angel View’s other nearby boutiques and stores are in Murrieta, Wildomar and Hemet.  There are plans to open a store in Menifee and a second store in Temecula, according to Hyman.

The Temecula boutique receives an average of 15 donations a day.  Hyman said donations can range from a bag of clothes to a truck full of household goods.  Every boutique and store sells the donations it takes in. 

Clothing is the biggest money maker and Hyman estimates that they sell about 200 pieces of it a day. “That›s the bread and butter of the organization,” he commented.

Angel View customers also seek deals on furniture, electronics and household items.  Hyman said every item is priced reasonably to sell and their prices are generally lower than other resale stores’ prices. 

To prove how reasonable their prices are, Hyman showed a four-piece solid oak bedroom set on sale for $149.  He said that the set was in good condition and just needed some new handles. The set included a dresser, chest and two nightstands. The chest had a mirrored lid that lifted to reveal a felt-lined storage area for jewelry.  

The boutique gets unique and highly valuable donations sometimes. It recently sold a 140-year-old Austrian baby grand piano for $500 and a limited edition cherry wood grandfather clock for $750. Hyman said that local experts helped them appraise and repair the piano and clock to sell. 

Many customers come in daily to check out what’s new in the boutique. “We have some people that come in every day because we get new items every day,” Hyman said. “Its like a treasure hunt.”

“We do have a lot of regular customers that come in, which makes it a nice community store,” said Stephanie Wright the boutique›s manager.  

Wright has managed the boutique for over a year and enjoys her work helping to raise funds for the disabled.  “This job is fun,” she said.  “There’s something new every day.”

Hyman and Wright also buy items at the boutique, but only after they have been on the sales floor for 24 hours. “Customers get first shot at everything,” Hyman said.

The boutique is staffed with five employees, plus many volunteers. “We can always use volunteer help,” Hyman said.  He added that volunteers must be over 18.

The store is located at 30643 Temecula Parkway. It’s open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more information about Angel View, visit www.angelview.org.

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