BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The Junk-Atique Outlet will be having their grand opening on Friday, March 2 at 9 a.m.
The outlet will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
There will also be a ribbon-cutting on Thursday, March 1 beginning at 4 p.m.
The outlet store is located at 212 21st Street.
Nearly 25 years ago Junk-Atique started in the Calvary Bible Church parking lot where members collected and donated antiques to sell and raise money for those in need in the community.
"These things come to us from members of our church, they donate this stuff when they are cleaning out their garage and they say hey I got this! So we go pick it up. We sold and did have $90,000 worth of merchandise $75 ,000 which was our profit, of that we invested in our community through agencies like Flood Bakersfield Ministries, Bakersfield Pregnancy Center, Teen Challenge." Junk-Atique President Steve Truitt said.
The non-profit, is now opening the Junk-Atique Outlet in central Bakersfield which is scheduled to be open year round according to Truitt. "We not only have collectables and antiques, we have good furniture, good clothing house wears."
Some items for sale also represent stories of Junk-Atique volunteer service projects in less developed countries."We have here handmade African Baskets that actually came from Uganda up in the Bundi Forest," Truitt said. His team also uses the profits for projects like building a school in Uganda.
Volunteers just hope to be a part of more solutions locally and abroad with the help of the new Junk-Atique Outlet Store. "I'm looking forward to generating millions of dollars through this operation and investing them around the world and in Kern County," Truitt said.
If you would like to donate you can schedule your pick up by calling 661-447-4900