DCA Thrift Shop

The DCA is Hiring! New Paid Manager Position at the DCA Thrift Shop

The Darien Community Association (DCA) is creating a new paid manager position at our DCA Thrift Shop on the Post Road.

The secondhand apparel market alone is poised to double in the next five years, so this is an exciting arena for someone who wants to make a difference in the local community, enjoys working with volunteers, and cares about sustainability/environmental issues.

Shop proceeds support the nonprofit mission of the DCA, which has been serving the community for 96 years. Please see the job description and feel free to share!

Important Announcement Regarding Plastic Bags:
Please bring reusable bags for your purchase. We are unable to provide plastic bags – thank you!

Savvy shoppers are always welcome at the DCA Thrift Shop. We know you always enjoy shopping for bargains.

Please note: Credit/Debit cards are only accepted for purchases over $10.

As always, your purchases will support the nonprofit mission of the Darien Community Association, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

Thank you for your patronage of our DCA Thrift Shop!

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

How to donate to the DCA Thrift Shop
The DCA Thrift Shop would not exist without the generosity of the community. We are grateful for donations of gently-used and new items: clothing, home furnishings, toys, books, jewelry and accessories, linens, artwork, and more.

To donate, please drop off your items during shop hours, Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm. We will gladly offer you a receipt for tax purposes at that time. We cannot accept items that are ripped, stained or otherwise damaged.

Click here for a full listing of items we accept for donation.

Volunteer at the DCA Thrift Shop
The DCA Thrift Shop is volunteer-run…and we can’t do it without you! You’ll be joining a vibrant community of volunteers who lend their time, dedication and passion to many different roles within our nonprofit organization. Volunteers help tidy clothing, price items, create in-store and window displays and sell to customers. To become a volunteer, please contact Caroline Burke at cburkeok@gmail.com.

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:
Carol Smith

Vice Chair
Kathy Shea

Ulla Kremer

DCA Board of Directors Liaisons
Caroline Burke
Susan Hamill

2018 Thrift Shop Volunteer Lunch