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DCA Thrift Shop

DCA Thrift Shop Internship

In today’s economy, thrift shop businesses are thriving and seeing significant growth potential. Shoppers find really amazing things, new or used, that do not break the bank and are not filling up landfills. Thrift shopping is an adventurous experience, it’s never the same thing twice, and customers enjoy the thrill of the hunt. You can’t find this in traditional retail shopping. After a year of closet purging, the second-hand market has seen a huge influx of ‘good as new’ garments, sweetening the thrill and discovery of thrifting.

The DCA Thrift Shop has been a mainstay on the Post Road for nearly 90 years, longer than any other shop in Darien. Proud of this heritage, the shop has recently undergone a renovation which has provided for more conducive experience for shoppers and volunteers alike. Volunteers play an essential role in the day to day shop activities, they process donations, stock the store, and assist clients and customers with their needs.

Within this thriving retail environment, the DCA is proud to offer internship opportunities.

This internship would offer you an opportunity to become familiar with foundational activities at the thrift shop, with the primary objective being to assign you a specific project that could be completed and make a tangible addition to your resume. Potential areas for intern assignment include:
1. Merchandise display, including window appearance
2. Donation curation and pricing
3. Social media, implement and manage Instagram, Facebook for shop
4. Communications – weekly newsletter, develop a customer database
5. On-line selling – enhance and extend existing eBay shop, research and develop new channels

This unpaid internship requires a commitment of 8 hours per week, timing flexible and would be based on-site at the thrift shop with remote work.

College students and graduates are invited to apply.

To apply for an interview, please send a resume and cover letter detailing the reasons for your interest to careers@dariendca.org.

If you are interested in community service but don’t have the time to commit to an internship, we are also always looking for volunteers for just 4 hours a week. Please email Deb Danile, Thrift Shop Manager, at debra@dariendca.org.

Have You Visited the DCA Thrift Shop Lately?

Come in and see the new layout of the DCA Thrift Shop to accommodate social distancing and browse through the latest merchandise.

Updated hours: 

The DCA Thrift Shop will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from Wednesday, November 25 to Friday, November 27. It will be open again starting on Saturday, November 28.

Monday closed
Tuesday 10am-2pm
Wednesday 10am-2pm
Thursday 12pm-4pm
Friday 10am-2pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday closed

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 in December.

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 like to volunteer at the DCA Thrift Shop?

Volunteer with family, friends, or come and meet new people.

It is a great community service opportunity for highschoolers and seniors alike.

We are looking for new volunteers to help us manage the flow of the shop.

If you would like to volunteer, please email us for a volunteer application: thriftshop@dariendca.org.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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:
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am-2pm
Wednesday 10am-2pm
Thursday 12pm-4pm
Friday 10am-2pm
Saturday 10am-2pm
Sunday closed

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