FAIRMONT - Next to New is an endeavor that's near and dear to its owners' hearts.
Blanca Sauceda and Crispen Reyes opened the thrift store earlier this month on First Street off Downtown Plaza.
The couple have been together since they were teenagers growing up in Fairmont, and they have remained here in order to be close to family and raise their own five children.
Blanca Sauceda, right, and Crispen Reyes pose for a photo in the thrift store the couple opened earlier this month in downtown Fairmont.
"Growing up we went to a lot of thrift shops," Reyes said, since that was what their families could afford.
They understand first-hand the hardships of the present economy and the expense of buying new clothes and household items for a family. Before opening the thrift store, he and his wife did a lot of factory work, Reyes said, but they wanted a different life.
"We've been through a lot of ups and downs, but we kept together, and this is where we're at today: small business owners and very happy," he said.
Next to New sells a little bit of everything, from knick-knacks to clothes to electronics. Many of the items for sale were purchased by the store's young owners or donated by friends and family.
People in the Fairmont area who have items in good condition that they no longer want or need can call Next to New at (507) 848-0694 to arrange for someone to pick up donations, Reyes said.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The store is located at 103 W. First St.
In the past few years, a plethora of second-hand shops have popped up in the neighborhood, including Prairie Ann's Giddy-Up Boutique and Hollywood Babe, the Salvation Army, Twelve Baskets and Al's Corral.