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New thrift store opens today

RHONDA COSTA-LANDERS

The newest thrift store to Carson City touts its wares as being the “upper crust” of all thrift items. Welcome back to The Ritzy Goldfish.

Located in the same shopping area on Fairview Drive where fire destroyed it in 1989, the 1,300-square-foot store holds its grand opening 10 a.m. today.

Display shelves have been dusted, fine glassware, stem ware and other fragile items glisten under the lights. A long, enclosed glass display case holds examples of the history of golf balls. Another shelf holds three tiered candle holders, sapphire blue in color.

“The most fun part has been picking out the items from the other store on Carson Street to bring in here,” said Brenda Miller, one of two caretakers of the store. The other customer service person is Jeff Fast, son of FISH executive director Monte Fast.

Miller was busy polishing a large, solid wood, four-poster head and baseboard for a bed.

“It looks much better now than when it was brought in. It was really, really dirty. That’s how most of the stuff arrives at FISH. Dirty, wrinkled, in bad shape. Here, I’ve been busy cleaning and ironing – it’s made the time go by so fast.”