SOUTH SALT LAKE — The People With AIDS Coalition of Utah is negotiating to purchase its dream building here as the future location for a thrift store.

The building has a large store front, a loading area and a big parking lot.

"It's going to open up so many new possibilities for our organization," said Toni Johnson, the group's executive director. "It's got enough space that I can move our offices into it."

The organization hopes to be in the building by October, then begin taking donations and open to the public around Oct. 31.

It is hoped the thrift store can help fund more programs for people with HIV/AIDS and to help make the organization self-sufficient. It currently survives mostly on private donations.

Run mostly by volunteers, the thrift store will sell clothing, furniture, books, housewares, small appliances and articles made by volunteers, such as jewelry and magnets. The store will also offer need-based vouchers for people with HIV/AIDS.

"It'll be a nicer atmosphere than the DI, classier," Johnson said. "The LGBT community wants a thrift store that matches their ideology and helps the community."

The store manager will be Jim Grady.

To help get the store up and running, a fundraiser dinner will be held at the Market Street Grill's Cottonwood location.

For sponsorship and donation opportunities, call Toni Johnson at 484-2205.