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Two Clark undergraduates, Rachel Gerber '11 and Alexa Lightner '11, first thought of the Clark Community Thrift Store in their entrepreneurship capstone class in February 2010. Both girls had seen the reusable and often fantastic things Clark students, faculty, and staff threw away regularly, and they had witnessed frustrated and cash-strapped students scramble to buy those same basic college essentials the following semester.
After researching other campus thrift stores, surveying the Clark community, and meeting countless times with Clark's physical plant, its Innovation & Entrepreneurship department, and higher-ups in the administration, the two girls determined their idea for a campus thrift store at Clark was not only much-needed on campus but also feasible. By April 1st they secured a subsidized building from physical plant and $3,000 in start-up capital from the Innovation & Entrepreneurship's U-Reka: Big Idea Contest.
Over the summer, along with a dedicated group of volunteers and advisers, Rachel and Alexa prepared the Clark Community Thrift Store for its grand opening on August 22, 2010 - just in time for Week One orientation.