The great bargains at a local thrift store are no more. Disabled American Veteran's Thrift Store closed its doors Tuesday, saying goodbye after more than 50 years in Topeka.
"We're just getting it cleaned up and waiting for the last customer to get his racks picked up," said Rose Sandoval. "A lot of customers have come in and said they're sorry to see the store close and wished me well which is hard because like I said, I've met so many nice people and I'll miss it."
Rose has been the thread that has held the store together for so long. Her manager, Blas Ortiz, says she is one of the hardest working employees he has ever had.
The thrift store was forced to close when economic struggles became unbearable.
"It started a long time ago. Everyone has ups and downs and we hit that down at the wrong time when the economy was going down. Gas prices went up and people couldn't get around and spend money like they used to," said Ortiz. "You have to make that hard choice to go in the hole and keep going or get out."
The thrift store was the only DAV in Topeka. They have locations in Leavenworth and Kansas City. For more on this story click on the video link at the top.