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Salvation Army shields hang above the entrance to the former Salvation Army Thrift Store at Quimby Village Shopping Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


Former Salvation Army Thrift Store Former Salvation Army Thrift Store

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Former Salvation Army Thrift Store

As long as I could remember, there was a Salvation Army Thrift Store in this building at the Quimby Village Shopping Center in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A few years before I photographed it, the store was closed and moved to a new location in the Southgate Plaza Shopping Center.

The new store is bigger, and the store in the well-maintained Southgate Plaza looks nicer than the old one in the run-down Quimby Village, but the old store always had a charm to it that the new one can't match. I don't know what was in this building before the Salvation Army occupied it, but it always felt like a place that had once been an elegant place whose beauty had badly faded. The stairway and balcony in the front window, with their beautifully decorated railings, were too nice for a thrift shop. Maybe it was once a department store or a high-end clothing store?





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