DCA Thrift Shop

DCA Thrift Shop Reopened on August 25!

The DCA Thrift Shop had a grand reopening, with a new makeover, on Tuesday, August 25. The new shop hours will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

The thrift shop is looking for volunteers to help with the donation facility and when it reopens. Those interested should email for a volunteer application: thriftshop@dariendca.org.

The shop will no longer be accepting checks. Cash and credit/debit cards (for purchases over $10) will be accepted. Reusable bags should be brought for purchases. No plastic bags will be provided.

Donations

Donations at the DCA Thrift Shop will only be received if you sign up for one of the days and times using the link below. No donations will be accepted without an appointment.

Please click here to sign up for a day and time starting Monday, September 21.

Please click here to check when you signed up for dates from August 24 through September 19.

Please wear a mask and practice social distancing during drop-off. The DCA Thrift Shop is located in downtown Darien at 996 Post Road.

To ensure the safety of our customers and volunteers, we have revised our donation guidelines during this COVID-19 period. We will only accept certain types of books, freshly laundered and new clothing, sets of plates and glasses, etc. A complete list of acceptable donations is available below. Volunteers will check your boxes and bags at drop-off to ensure compliance.

Please note that ALL ITEMS MUST BE FRESHLY LAUNDERED.

Items we can accept:

  • Any new donations with tags (these do not need to be laundered)
  • Gently used clothing free from rips, tears, and heavy staining
  • Gently used hats, ties, and handbags, wallets
  • All children’s books, classic books, and current fiction and nonfiction. Pristine condition coffee table books and gardening books and vintage books
  • Videos, DVDS, electronics (with cords if applicable)
  • All jewelry and watches
  • Housewares: complete sets of plates, utensils, and glassware (no single items will be accepted at this time)
  • Kitchen appliances – functional and cleaned before drop-off
  • Linens that are clean and free from heavy staining
  • Shoes and boots in good condition
  • China and decorative glassware- free from chips and stains
  • Small pieces of furniture
  • Artwork, antiques, and collectibles
  • Decorative vases that are clean

We cannot accept the following items at present:

Cushions, socks, bras, underwear, gloves, out-of-date textbooks, medical supplies, large pieces of furniture (reviewed on a case by case basis), single curtains or custom curtains (only pairs will be accepted)

**Please note all items will be checked at the time of drop off **

Community Day event

Nearly 200 people participated in our DCA Thrift Shop “Community Day” event, a free giveaway of essentials for those in need. Our beloved shop was founded during the Great Depression, a time of great economic challenge, and we have always been there for the community.

   

Would you or a family member like to volunteer?

We are looking for volunteers to help with this donation facility and when we reopen the shop. It’s a great community service opportunity for teenagers who are looking for things to do this summer! Please email us for a volunteer application: thriftshop@dariendca.org.

Other important reminders:

  • The shop will no longer be accepting checks. Cash and credit/debit cards (for purchases over $10) will gladly be accepted.
  • As always, your purchases will support the nonprofit mission of the Darien Community Association, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.
  • Please bring reusable bags for your purchase. We are unable to provide plastic bags.

Thank you for your patronage of our DCA Thrift Shop!

Read the article in the Darien Neighbors Magazine April 2020 issue on the DCA Thrift Shop.

Welcome Deb Danile to the DCA Thrift Shop!

The DCA is pleased to announce the hiring of Deb Danile for our new DCA Thrift Shop manager position, effective February 4.

Deb brings her retail and on-line sales experience as an assistant manager at Remix Market, a reseller of gently-used furniture, art and housewares. She holds a B.A. in psychology from St. John’s University and a Master’s in applied psychology from Fairfield University.  A Darien resident, Deb is an active community volunteer and is eager to get started at the shop.

Please welcome Deb to the DCA team!

The DCA Thrift Shop is located in downtown Darien
996 Post Road, Darien CT 06820
Phone: 203-655-4552
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00am – 4:00pm

The DCA Thrift Shop was founded in 1931 to supply clothing and food to families in need, and offer employment for women during the Depression. Today’s shop offers a wide assortment of merchandise including jewelry, books, home furnishings, accessories and more, all at Thrift Shop prices.

“I enjoy the people I work with, and the wide variety of shoppers I help to find something useful, or unique — all for a good cause.”

—TERRI FLAHERTY, VOLUNTEER

For You and Your Family
Clothing: blouses, shirts, suits, dresses, slacks, pajamas, sweaters, jackets, ski wear, coats (even rain and fur coats).
Accessories: hats, scarves, belts, ties, wallets, gloves, slippers, handbags, shoes, and boots.
Jewelry: earrings, rings, pins, cuff links, bracelets and necklaces.
Books/audio: a wide assortment from current to rare, for adults and children; records, CDs, books on tape and videos.
Other: Greeting cards, magazines, holiday items, games and puzzles for older kids.

For Your Home
Linens: bedspreads, sheets, pillow cases, curtains, drapes.
Home furnishings: tables, chairs, rugs, lamps, fine china, stoneware, vases, glassware, cookware, small appliances, flatware, silver serving pieces, novelty items — everything except TVs and mattresses.
Antiques and art work: beautiful pieces sought by New York dealers.

Many items are branded and just like new. Please stop by and see what unique find is right for you!

DCA Thrift Shop History
The DCA Thrift Shop was founded in 1931 to supply clothing and food to families in need, and offer employment for women during the Depression. Workers washed and mended donated clothing and repaired household articles, which were then sold at very low prices.

Today’s Thrift Shop is run by volunteers, proud to continue the tradition of helping the community. They have expanded the merchandise to include jewelry, books, home furnishings, accessories, and more. Over 1,800 customers make purchases at the shop each month. All profits support the mission of the DCA, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

A well-known fixture on the Post Road since 1947, the Thrift Shop building has been recognized for its significance by the Darien Historical Society. The shop has also received the Darien Chamber of Commerce “Green Ribbon Award for Distinguished Environmental Activities,” and the “Darien Old Timers Athletic Association Community Civic Award.”

As part of its community outreach, the shop has a long tradition of partnering with other non-profits and organizations:

Men’s socks are donated to Pacific House, women’s and children’s socks to Inspirica. Toiletries and diapers are also donated to shelters.

New toys are donated to Toys for Tots (11 large boxes this Christmas); used soft toys to Person-to-Person; small new soft toys to Post 53 so that they can be given to children going to the hospital, or when children have to watch a parent going to the hospital.

Volunteers are led by the below team:
Chair
Carol Smith

Vice Chair
Kathy Shea

Secretary
Ulla Kremer

DCA Board of Directors Liaisons
Caroline Burke
Susan Hamill

2018 Thrift Shop Volunteer Lunch