Yesterday's Rose Closes in Downtown Fairfax

The long-time thrift shop closed after one year in new location.

Yesterday's Rose shut down only a year after it opened its new location in downtown Fairfax.

Thrift store employees posted a farewell message to YesterdaysRose.org on Friday. The store held a 75 percent off fire sale up until it closed its doors at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The website is no longer live.

Founded in 1981, Yesterday's Rose was a staple in Fairfax City. Its two stores, Yesterday's Rose and Rose II, spent 30 years selling lightly used clothes and items, filling hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours, and raising over $2.5 million for charity.

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Editor's Note: Corrections made to url of website and organization in former Rose location.

Elsa June 25, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Sad to see the Rose go. It would've been nice to know about this BEFORE they closed... :(
Whitney Rhodes (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
I agree. There wasn't a lot of forewarning.
Joyce Savia June 25, 2012 at 07:00 PM
I agree that it would have been good to know beforehand. I will miss browsing/shopping there. I wonder why YR didn't publicize this info ahead of time. I have shopped there and supported them for years, tho less often in the new location. I was on their e-mail listing, but hadn't received a newsletter/sale e-mail from them since they moved to the downtown location.
Jeff Carter June 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM
That's terrible. We've been regular patrons over the years. I'm sorry to hear they're out of business, and that there will be two more vacant store fronts in downtown. It's beautiful space, so hopefully someone will snap it up.
Lynda Postle June 25, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Why the abrupt closure?
writer mom June 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Whitney Rhodes needed to do a little more research or get an editor before posting this. Couple of corrections: 1) the website was yesterdaysrose.ORG (.COM is still live and is a flower selling business) and yes, .ORG is shut down 2) Y. Rose's OLD location is now a GOODWILL (not Salvation Army). Y.Rose left that former "Total Crafts" spot behind 13 months ago. (Some years prior the store started out in the Yoga salon space, same shopping complex.) 3) Their two most recent locations were right next door to each other on the corner of University and Main (the regular named shop and the smaller Rose Too for upscale merchandise). The non-profit venture was entering its 32nd year in Fairfax. Don't know why the store closed, but notice above how even regulars (myself included) state we haven't shopped there so much since the move into tighter quarters (with awkward up/downstair spaces). It apparently was a sudden decision (maybe by the board of the sponsoring charities?). Even several employees/volunteers stated on FRIDAY that they had not heard of the closure until the day before. There was not time to get the word out far and wide about the sale days. It will be missed by many bargain hunters.
Whitney Rhodes (Editor) June 26, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Thanks for the corrections. You're absolutely right. Changing now.
Dawn Savitski June 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM
I agree. We have always donated our gently used things to Yesterday's Rose. OUr family will miss them.
bob worthington June 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM
Perhaps a comment from the board of the sponsoring charities might be forthcoming? Was YR operating on a month to month lease basis after the first year at new location passed? It's a shame that YR shut down not only it's website so quickly but looks like the Facebook page is also gone. For a business of this nature that had been in the community for so many years seems a shame folks can't comment on it's sudden departure.
ij June 27, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Very upsetting to see Yesterday's Rose close for good. I have been shopping at this thrift store since high school. I use to find some amazing items!!! I have to say that it was only a matter of time that they would go out of business once they moved to their new location. In my opinion they failed to prosper due to POOR management, Terrible location, same items week after week, bare racks, EXTREMELY overpriced items. $30.00 for a sequin top? Please I can buy that at a retail store for brand new for far less! Rude staff! These problems were a nail in the coffin for this once AMAZING store. RIP
Judy Rudek June 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM
I was shocked to see the e-mail I got on Friday evening about the closing on Sunday, and did manage to juggle my schedule to spend some time over there Sunday morning. I will sorely miss the Rose - I got a lot of good deals there, and the staff was like family. Admittedly, the new location's layout was a bit awkward, but there was always a great selection of things to peruse when I stopped by. Hopefully, they will be able to find a new location and continue to serve the community and bargain-hunters like me.
My name it means nuthin July 05, 2012 at 03:53 PM
You have absolutely no idea the values you could find there in media if you were a savvy shopper. I found most of the staff to be very sweet. I wish them well. The landlord actually has a potential goldmine there. The store's layout is really intriguing with lots of little cubby hole areas that a creative staff can do wonders with. I hope the new tenant will be a retailer, I loved that store. Excellent a/c system too! Now, please don't look for scandal or mystery, it's done. Let's celebrate the many years Judy and the gang served us here in Fairfax. O.K.?
CC July 28, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I shopped and donated on a pretty regular basis, and was shocked to see the for lease sign. In conversation with what I thought was an employee, they told me the store had shut down. Rent hadn't been paid in sometime and they just walked off without warning. Really sad state of affairs.


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