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New thrift shop to open before holidays, with a bit of luck

Port Rich­mond's new­est thrift store was sup­posed to open on Black Fri­day, but the grand open­ing has been tent­at­ively moved to this week­end in­stead. 

Robert J. Mc­Cor­mac, own­er of The Thrifty Ir­ish­man. MELISSA KO­MAR / STAR PHOTO

Port Rich­mond’s new­est shop, The Thrifty Ir­ish­man, was set to open on Black Fri­day.  Un­for­tu­nately, cus­tom­ers were greeted with a sign say­ing the store would not be open­ing and more de­tails would be avail­able on Monday. 

Robert J. Mc­Cor­mac, own­er of the com­munity thrift store, as­sures that the store will be open for busi­ness be­fore the hol­i­days.  

“We didn’t open today be­cause I didn’t get all the best mer­chand­ise out on dis­play,” ex­plained Mc­Cor­mac last Fri­day.  “It wasn’t how I wanted it to be…I’m op­tim­ist­ic to be open [this week­end],” he ad­ded.  

While bar­gain-hunters will have to be pa­tient, Mc­Cor­mac shared a pre­view of what you can ex­pect from The Thrifty Ir­ish­man.

Al­though The Thrifty Ir­ish­man is Mc­Cor­mac’s first ven­ture as the sole own­er, he is no am­a­teur in the sal­vage whole­sale busi­ness.  

Grow­ing up in Kesing­ton, he began work­ing at Jo-Mar as a teen­ager be­fore he and his part­ners opened their own store, Budget Ex­press, loc­ated next to the old Jo-Mar loc­a­tion.  

After ap­prox­im­ately sev­en years, he and his part­ners closed up shop.  It was at this time that Mc­Cor­mac went in­to the whole­sale end of the busi­ness and ac­tu­ally began ac­quir­ing po­ten­tial mer­chand­ise, all the while keep­ing his eyes open for that per­fect space in which to one day open his own store.  

In Decem­ber 2012, he found the per­fect loc­a­tion in the semi-ren­ov­ated store spaces loc­ated at the corner of Ce­dar and West­mo­re­land streets in Port Rich­mond.  

With its lof­ted, wood-framed ceil­ings, par­tial ex­posed brick walls, and con­crete floors, Mc­Cor­mac signed the lease in Feb­ru­ary 2013, and has been ready­ing the space for its open­ing ever since.  

Fi­nally hav­ing found the per­fect spot for his store, he needed a catchy name and mem­or­able logo.  

“My broth­er’s child­hood friend, Mi­chael Sch­weirzer came up with the name…I was born on St. Patty’s Day and he was just jok­ing about how I’ve al­ways been lucky,” Mc­Cor­mac re­called.  

The logo ties dir­ectly in­to the name, with a lep­re­chaun hold­ing a clover above a pot of gold.  

“My son’s teach­er, Marcie Hull, found out I was open­ing the store and made this amaz­ing logo for the store,” Mc­Cor­mac said.  

On the shop­ping end of the busi­ness, cus­tom­ers can ex­pect new and used items, with brands from reg­u­lar de­part­ment stores to high­er end re­tail­ers like Aber­crom­bie and Fitch. 

“My thrift store will rival any shop­ping mall,” Mc­Cor­mac boas­ted, with LL Bean vin­tage purses and Vera Brad­ley totes lin­ing the purse wall as proof.  Most of the items will have one price.  

Look­ing for tod­dlers’ cloth­ing?  You can find a vari­ety of new out­fits for your little one for $3.99.  Need a new pair of jeans?  Stop at the Thrifty Ir­ish­man with 10 bucks and you’re set.  

More re­cog­nized brands will be priced ac­cord­ingly, but whatever your style and budget, Mc­Cor­mac said he is con­fid­ent there will be something for any­one that makes a stop.  

Be­sides cloth­ing, house ware, fur­niture, toys, and oth­er items will be avail­able as well. New in­vent­ory will be in­tro­duced weekly, with thou­sands of items be­ing cir­cu­lated be­fore Christ­mas.

Aside from great deals, shop­pers pur­chas­ing items from The Thrifty Ir­ish­man will be sup­port­ing char­it­ies.  

Dur­ing open­ing week­end, and most likely un­til Christ­mas, Mc­Cor­mac ad­ded, all toy sale profits will be donated to the So­ci­ety of St. Vin­cent de Paul. 

Mc­Cor­mac also part­ners with loc­al churches and chil­dren sports teams to en­hance his in­vent­ory.  

The par­ti­cip­at­ing or­gan­iz­a­tions hold cloth­ing drive fun­draisers and Mc­Cor­mac makes a dir­ect dona­tion in ex­change for the cloth­ing.  

“I’d rather give money to someone like St. Vin­cent’s to keep do­ing the good they’re do­ing rather than put twenty dol­lars in my pock­et.”  

With a little luck of the Ir­ish, cus­tom­ers soon will be able to snag some deals just in time for the hol­i­days.

The Thrifty Ir­ish­man is loc­ated at 3251 Ce­dar Street in Port Rich­mond.  For more in­form­a­tion on the Grand Open­ing and the store, vis­it thethriftyir­ish­man.com or call 215-MARCH17.   ••

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