Oldest thrift shop closes owing to COVID

TAUNTON — If you live in Taunton, you’ve definitely handed it on Bay Road plenty of occasions, never supplying it a second thought. But now, a beloved Taunton staple has closed its doorways for fantastic. 

Cut price Bazaar — Taunton’s oldest thrift shop — took its last bow Dec. 23 soon after 67 many years of operation. Acknowledged for its family ambiance, dedicated staff members and high-quality items, the non-profit small business will surely be skipped. 

The thrift store was designed in 1953 by a team of 70 ladies who desired to volunteer their time to operate the shop to assistance guidance the Taunton Location Mental Well being Clinic, according to Nancy Souza, president of Cut price Bazaar’s board. 

“They had bake sales. They had all of the things that persons usually do. But they required something more,” she stated. “A girl named Rachel Morse…considered of opening up a thrift keep, which was a new concept at that time.”

Discount Bazaar was first located on Winthrop Street where by the A & P supermarket experienced been, Souza explained. The ladies, all volunteers, were being given the location rent-free. 

At to start with, the thrift keep was only open up just one working day a 7 days, Souza mentioned. The women of all ages would consider turns undertaking 3-hour shifts. 

Bargain Bazaar President Nancy Souza and other board members kept clips of Taunton Daily Gazette articles about the store from throughout its 67-year history.

In 1957, the store moved to its final site at 320 Bay St. upcoming to the Polish Club, which owns the constructing. Slowly, it commenced to improve, Souza said, being open up for far more days a week and using the services of a supervisor and assistant manager. When it closed, it was open up Tuesdays by means of Saturdays, and had expanded inside the making. 

“They made a accomplishment of it,” Souza explained. “They ended up really recognized as the Jordan Marsh of Bay Avenue.”