Burges High School’s student-run thrift store celebrates first year


Some local students have the opportunity to score some free new threads from the comfort of their own school.

Bella’s Bargains, a student-run thrift store at Burges High School, celebrated its first anniversary last month.

“There was a need to help with our homeless kids on campus, so we saw that need and provide clothes, toiletries, things that are so essential to life that they don’t have access to,” President Mia Cadena told KTSM. 

Located inside the former custodian’s living quarters, the shop now offers two rooms full of free clothing and personal care items for the entire school community.

“We have a lot of dresses and suits…making this appeal to the whole student body, not just those specific people,” David Gonzalez, Secretary of Bella’s Bargains, said.

The shop offers casual clothes, blouses, formal wear, and more.

“It’s close, it’s free, and they do have cute stuff,” sophomore Estella Sebastia said. “You can always find something here.”

Students tell KTSM they hope the store will remain on the Burges campus for decades to come.

“We’re ensuring that it’s going to continue when it comes to tradition,” Cadena said, “that I can come back in 20 years when I’m already out of college and Bella’s Bargains is still here.”

Bella’s Bargains is open to students and staff from 12 to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Anyone interested in donating can drop off items at the front of Burges High School.

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