The DCA property (including the DCA Bird Sanctuary and Nature Trail) will be closed for parking lot re-paving from Monday, August 2 to Sunday, August 15 and we appreciate your patience.

DCA Thrift Shop

Join Us During the Darien Sidewalk Sales!

Stop by the DCA Thrift Shop outside tent during the Darien Sidewalk Sales and Family Fun days – Wednesday, July 28 to Saturday, July 31, from 10:00am-2:00pm.

Leave your email with us at the tent and be entered to win our Sidewalk Sale Giveaway!  All sidewalk sale items are new items with original tags!

Updated hours: 
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm
Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday closed

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Thank You to Our DCA Thrift Shop Volunteers!

DCA Thrift Shop Donations Update

As of May 1, the DCA Thrift Shop will be taking donations Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. No appointment is necessary. (New shop hours as of May 1 are Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 4:00pm.) See below for our accepted donations list.

If you will be making a large donation, please email the shop at thriftshop@dariendca.org for information on how to schedule a large donation appointment. A large donation is more than three bags of clothing or donations of small furniture.

Thank you for your support of the DCA Thrift Shop! All profits support the mission of the DCA, including scholarships for Darien High School graduates.

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: 
Monday closed
Tuesday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm
Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
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.

The DCA Thrift Shop greatly appreciates your donations! The shop accepts donations Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm without an appointment. Large donations over three bags will need an appointment. Please contact the DCA Thrift  Shop at thriftshop@dariendca.org

Unfortunately, we have had to modify our accepted donations.

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
  • Electronics (with cords if applicable) in working condition
  • 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 free from damage
  • Decorative vases, pots and planters that are clean
  • Children’s games NEW in the original packaging (we collect these for Toys for Tots)
  • We accept pillows if they have been laundered. (Must have receipt of dry cleaning.)

We CANNOT accept the following items at present:

Cushions, socks, bras, underwear, gloves, medical supplies, large pieces of furniture (reviewed on a case-by-case basis), single curtains or custom curtains (only pairs will be accepted), stuffed animals, used children’s games. Also, we are not accepting winter clothing at this time but will start accepting winter clothing again in August 2021.

AS of May 5, we are NOT ACCEPTING BOOKS at this time. We will revisit this on June 1, 2021. We are only accepting coffee table books that are free from damage.

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

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.

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-4pm
Wednesday 10am-4pm
Thursday 10am-4pm
Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
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 1,000 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.

2018 Thrift Shop Volunteer Lunch