The Thrift Shop was established in 1977 at St. James’ Episcopal Church to help those in need in the surrounding community purchase usable secondhand clothing, small household wares, books, and other items.
Under the supervision of our devoted directors, Shirley Tompkin and Anna Filoromo, donated items are inspected for serviceability and are offered for sale at affordable prices. Items that are excess to the needs of the shop are donated to community support groups, such as: The Lions Club (used glasses), Chester County SPCA (stuffed small toys), and the Mennonites (general merchandise). Books in good condition are given to various local libraries. Many thanks to the volunteers who accomplish the work involved in evaluating and processing the goods that are received.
The Thrift Shop also provides emergency assistance to individuals and families in meeting their needs for clothing, small household items, books and toys. Another service the Thrift Shop can provide is connecting individuals wishing to donate furniture and large appliances with people who need them. The parties involved set up the transfer of these larger goods. This is necessary because the shop has limited storage and display space and cannot accept such items.
Volunteer support is needed to:
- Sort and display donations.
- Carry donations up and down stairs to various storage locations.
- Pick up items from the Paoli Hospital Thrift Shop on Mondays at 12:30 for transportation to St. James’.
- Keep the store tidy and organized.
For more information, call or email the Parish Administrator and she will assist you in communicating with the proper person in charge.
Hours of Operation for sales and accepting donations:
- Tuesday: 2 pm to 6 pm
- Thursday: 2 pm to 6 pm
- Saturday: 9 am to 5 pm