The Blue Bird Circle is 97 years old, so you can forgive it for having a little work done—on its beloved Montrose resale shop, anyway.

Founded in 1923, the venerated volunteer organization is dedicated to helping children afflicted with neurological disorders. Each year, it donates over $1 million to various programs related to pediatric neurology, including clinical research at Texas Children's Hospital, and much of that comes from revenue generated by the Blue Bird Circle Resale Shop—which, thanks to a major renovation, now feels more akin to a luxury department store than a neighborhood thrift shop. 

After closing back in August for construction, the 42,000-square-foot store at 615 W. Alabama debuted its remodel last week with a grand reopening celebration chaired by Jan Rhodes. Inside the revamped volunteer-run shop last Thursday, 275 guests sipped cocktails and feasted on hors d'oeuvres from Little Kitchen HTX to a soundtrack of live music by pianist Jerry Atwood.

The big draw, of course, was the new-and-improved shop itself and its massive and varied inventory of everything from clothes and jewelry to furniture and fine china. Regular Blue Bird shoppers know the store stocks an ever-changing rotation of luxe goods, many at major steals—call it the thrill of the hunt.

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