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Jacinta Theobald was a teacher’s aide in the Special Education Department at Morton West High School for 13 years. There, she discovered that the students had a potential that was simply not being tapped into. The inspiration was too great to ignore.
Jaci had dreamed for years about opening her own business but didn’t know where to start. After seeing how quickly people were to throw away valuable used clothing, kitchen appliances, furniture, books, knick-knacks, etc., she felt that a resale shop could fill more than one void in the neighborhood. The famous saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure” was the motto. Going green was the goal.
On Jan. 15, 2014, at 6502 W. Cermak in Berwyn, the first day of business at Jaci’s Resale Shop began. Donations had already begun pouring in from the neighborhood. Friends, family, and loved ones all donated their time to help out. Jaci learned from experience that special needs children are a unique treasure, so she decided to integrate her passion for them into the business. Incorporating in-store job training as volunteers gave them the opportunity to build the experience necessary to go out and secure stable employment. This is a unique experience that is unparalleled to other thrift shops in the area.
At first, the relatively modest 900 square feet facility was more than enough, but Jaci’s Resale Shop grew faster than anticipated, and more space was needed. On Nov. 6, 2015, at 4 p.m., at 6615 W. Cermak, less than two blocks away, the new 3,250 square feet store opened.
Less than a year ago, Jaci’s Resale shop started out as simply a good idea. Now, its one-year anniversary is approaching, and in a location nearly four times the size of where it began, Jaci’s continues to support special needs children while providing gently used items at affordable prices with the added benefit of reducing waste. Jaci’s Resale Shop continues and will continue to grow in the Berwyn community for years to come.