First Look: Richardson boutique Simply Thrifty helps women in recovery rebuild their lives

Anika Cooper founded Simply Grace House in 2013 after her own experience in recovery. Proceeds from Simply Thrifty benefit the nonprofit's seven sober living homes. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
Anika Cooper founded Simply Grace House in 2013 after her own experience in recovery. Proceeds from Simply Thrifty benefit the nonprofit's seven sober living homes. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

Anika Cooper founded Simply Grace House in 2013 after her own experience in recovery. Proceeds from Simply Thrifty benefit the nonprofit's seven sober living homes. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Founder Anika Cooper said it was important to her that the shop have the feel of a boutique rather than a thrift store. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The boutique also includes accessories. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Clothes in the boutique are offered to women in recovery at little or no cost. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)
The idea to open Simply Thrifty was sparked by the desire to give women in recovery a dignified shopping experience as they work to rebuild their lives.

“Throughout the years, I would watch the women come in who needed clothing and have to dig through a trash bag,” founder Anika Cooper said. “I just felt like they deserved better.”

Merchandise in the store, which opened in Richardson on July 14, includes lightly used secondhand clothing, furniture and household items. Items are collected through donations and offered to women in recovery at little or no cost. The general public can also shop the store.

All proceeds from Simply Thrifty benefit Simply Grace House, which Cooper started in 2013 after her own experience in recovery. The nonprofit operates seven sober living homes across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. In 2018, the organization opened a counseling center on Arapaho Road, just across the way from Simply Thrifty.

“I had an idea to open a house that was a lot more structured than where I lived and had a lot more accountability,” she said. “We give them a safe place to be successful.”


The store also provides work opportunities and helps foster job skills for women recently released from jail or drug treatment centers. Women in recovery receive vouchers to shop in the store once they have moved into their own homes. This offer is extended beyond those who live in the Simply Grace homes, Cooper said.

“They are furnishing their whole house, and they’re getting it for a steal,” she said.

Cooper said she has been pleasantly surprised by the store’s performance during the coronavirus pandemic.

“When this idea came to me a couple months ago, I had no idea that it was going to be as successful as it’s been for our organization,” she said.

Those who would like to donate to the store can drop off lightly used clothing, shoes, appliances, furniture and more.

“This is just not a thrift store—it’s benefiting people’s lives,” Cooper said.

Simply Thrifty

580 W. Arapaho Road, Ste. 199, Richardson

214-774-9808

www.simplygracehouse.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sun.
By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.


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