PHILLY AIDS Thrift in Queen Village has always been about preserving precious items, their reps say. And, of course, supporting local AIDS organizations through sales of donated items.
Now, the nearly 9-year-old establishment will be preserving something much more significant - Giovanni's Room, the iconic touchstone of the LGBT community and the country's oldest LGBT bookstore. The organization has signed a two-year lease with the former Giovanni's Room owner to open Philly AIDS Thrift store at Giovanni's Room.
The store will have a soft opening in late September and open officially Oct. 10, in time for OutFest and National Coming Out Day. The iconic "Giovanni's Room" signage will remain, the new leasers said.