Past Treasures Thrift Store
Deming Silver Linings
Now located at
214 South Copper Street
In June 2018 LCROA board of directors voted to donate Past Treasures Thrift Shop to Deming Silver Linings.
One of our key volunteers, Maurine Harrop, moved out of state in January 2018 and we were unable to find new volunteers. So a change was needed.
We had been discussing and trying out major changes to operating the store for months but nothing seemed to fit. Then the opportunity to support local non profit programs became available.
First we explored donating the shop to Animal Guardians, a shelter for homeless dogs and cats. They declined. Deming Silver Linings, a non profit working to provide support to our resident homeless men and women accepted.
Today the shop is going strong in Deming at a new address - 214 South Copper Street.
Thrift Store History
In 1963 the Thrift store was located on Deming's main street, Gold Street. It was owned and operated by the local Humane Society. When the Humane Society put it up for sale, the Luna County Ranchette Owners Association took over its management.
For 16 years, the store was located on Ash Street across from the Luna County Courthouse. In 2014, the building was sold to owners with a different vision for the property and LCROA lost its lease.
In June 2014, the LCROA President signed a lease for the current 501 E. Spruce Street location, much closer to Deming's downtown.
The lease space was considerably smaller, and the store became more selective in what items were accepted from donors--now turning down furniture and household items. In early 2016, facing slower book sales, the store's wall of books was donated to the local senior citizen's center.
The space was then used to display our merchandise, including textiles for quilting.