The Thrift Shop is successful due only to our donations and our shoppers. We could not survive without either! We so appreciate our loyal, “regular” customers as well as the out-of-town drop-ins, casual walkers-by, the “I got off work early today” shoppers, our first time ever customers. Absolutely each of our customers we thank!
And all those donations? Yes, yes, yes! Thank you for every coffee cup, blouse, paperback book, piece of no longer wanted jewelry, and toy. Thank you for the shoes that are too big or small for you, jeans which no longer fit, sleepers and onesies the baby outgrew after 2 nights. Thank you for camisoles, socks, nighties, hats and gloves. Thank you for the dishes you replaced, silk flowers from last year, the digital camera you upgraded, pillows which don't match the new sofa. We truly appreciate your donations and could not do with out them. We are a tax deductible charity so ask for a donation slip to use for your income tax return.
Ever wonder about how to donate or what to donate? Dear Abby was asked for her advice regarding donating household items to charity and how to pack them up. Her advice was right on the spot. Her advice included the tips below.
All items should be clean and in good working order. Toss, don't donate, chipped China and glassware. Wrap each piece or layer with paper towels to prevent breakage.Clothing should be clean and neatly folded. No stains, please. Her final advice was to ask yourself if you are looking at it in a thrift shop, would you buy it?
We get so many excellent items from our customers. We would not be in business nor could give so much to Mary Bridge Children's Hospital without your support. Thank you all from the bottoms of our hearts!
Single glasses? Yes. Sets of 6 and 8 and 12? yes. Skirts? Yes. Children's boots? Yes. Paperbacks? Yes. As you go through closets or put away toys and dishes and off-season clothing, think of us! We can resell your donations, help others in our community, help the hospital, and help keep our landfill free of useful items. Here are our departments and some of the things we can take:
We sell hardbacks and paperbacks for adults, young adults, and children, audio books on tape and CD, records, cassette tapes, music CD's, video tapes and DVD's, stationery, wrapping paper, ribbon on rolls, office supplies, craft kits and items such as rubber stamps.
This department is children's clothing and shoes and boots for all ages, infant through teens. Toys, games, puzzles, dolls, bedding. Due to insurance rules and safely concerns we cannot sell baby “hardware” such as cribs and high chairs. We cannot sell bike helmets and car seats also due to safety concerns.
Always great to receive! Vintage items, antiques, old photographs and books. Some we sell in the shop, some we save for special sales such as our annual Christmas Shop and our booth at the Olalla Valley Vineyard and Winery Antique, Collectible and Lavender Sale.
Housewares takes care of pots and pans, plates, mugs, vases, small appliances such as coffee pots and blenders, utensils, candles and candle holders, pictures, empty frames, lamps, suitcases, silverware, glassware, sewing machines.
We love to get all jewelry, vintage or new, broken or not. We replace the batteries in watches, clean and polish jewelry. Non-repairable broken items, single earrings, etc., are bagged and sold for crafters. And yes, we even are happy to receive empty jewelry boxes. They get sold, too!
This is a catch-all category that gets sorted in little bins. Reading and sun glasses, hair-do-dads, hankies, scarves, hats, cosmetic bags, toiletry samples, etc.
Linens is a big department containing table clothes, napkins, placemats, runners, towels of all sizes both kitchen and bath, sheets in all sizes, comforters, duvet covers, pillowcases, rugs big and small, pot holders, crafting and sewing items such as quilting fabric, fiberfill, patterns, and thread, draperies and curtains.
If a man wears it, we can sell it! Dress shirts, jackets, sport coats, jeans, slacks, suits, hats, socks, vests, handkerchiefs, shoes and boots, tee-shirts, sweaters, short and long sleeve knit shirts, belts, ties, ball caps, swim suits and shorts, sweatpants and sweatshirts.
This department is like the Men's Department. If women wear it, you will find it here and we are happy to take the items you no longer wear. Coats, sweaters, jeans, blouses, and more.
This includes swimwear, nighties, intimate apparel, socks, exercise clothing, slips and teddys and camisoles.
Please bring your donations to us and put them inside our donation "box". The door is marked "Donations" and is always available for dropping off your items. A tax donation slip is available during our normal hours, Tuesday through Friday, 10-4. Our shop is small and we are limited in space and so can not handle large items such as furniture and appliances.
Donations for our thrift shop can also be taken to Mary Bridge Children’s Health Center.