By Andreas Roberts
Fashionable people know that looking good doesn’t have to be expensive.
Now it doesn’t even require a trip off campus.
The Lincoln University has its own thrift store, owned and operated by a pair of students. It is located in Module 9, or M9, which is across from University Hall opposite of the Ware Center.
Classmates Justin Hawkins, a former Student Government Association representative, and Wasaba Sidibay have turned their one-time idea into a reality.
“One day I thought to myself, ‘Maybe I should open up a thrift store,’” Hawkins said. “Many people see I dress fairly nice and wouldn’t know some stuff is from the thrift store.”
The store is non-profit and is here to benefit Lincoln students. Students who may not have money to purchase items can trade in items for store credit, an arrangement called consignment.
“All of the proceeds go back into the store to benefit the students,” Hawkins said.
Hawkins and Sidibay opened the store on Oct. 14. Sidibay says sales are going well.
“We actually need more clothes,” Sidibay said.
“That’s because the prices are dirt cheap,” Hawkins added.
Prices are about as cheap as they get: a shirt for $7, a tie $1, even a full suit for $15. Many of the clothes come from expensive brands.
The store is open from 3-7 p.m. Mondays and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Hawkins also has his own line outside of the store called JusFresh Apparel LLC where he customizes clothing for customers.
“One mans trash is another mans treasure,” Hawkins said.