New Business

Career retail manager starts Nampa thrift store

adutton@idahostatesman.comMay 21, 2014 

Maria Rodriguez at Idaho Thrift Store

“They told me they have a lot of stuff here,” says Maria Rodriguez, who talked with her mother about a couple of purses she found at Idaho Thrift Store. The store, open since January, is sandwiched between a pawn shop and another thrift store. It also sells antiques and vintage items.


  • Idaho Thrift Store

    Address: 1407 2nd St. S., Nampa

    Type of business: LLC

    Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

    Phone: 546-4151


    Employees: Two to four

    Projected first-year revenue: $40,000 to $70,000

    Expect to turn a profit: First year

Before he went into business for himself, Armand Avelar of Caldwell was a store manager and trainer for Bed Bath and Beyond.

Avelar used his own money to open Idaho Thrift Store in a leased Nampa storefront at the end of January.

"We carry a little of everything," he says. The inventory includes furniture, clothing, electronics, housewares and vintage items.

Q: What made you want to open the store?

A: My wife and I both love thrift stores. I wanted to get into this part of retail and offer great products at great prices.

Q: What makes your business unique and sets it apart from your competition?

A: We buy a lot of our inventory. This gives us the opportunity to offer good quality product at good prices. We accept donations as well.

Q: What do you hope to achieve in the next three to five years?

A: I would like to have Idaho Thrift Store become a well-known thrift store for pricing and quality of products.

Audrey Dutton: 377-6448, Twitter: @IDS_Audrey

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