Ypsilanti Thrift Shop
THE THRIFT SHOP REOPENS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 1
We are happy to announce our reopening! Beginning August 1, we will be open for shopping two days a week—
Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM and Tuesdays from 3 to 6 PM.
We have developed procedures based on guidance from the CDC and Washtenaw County, and we ask that everyone follow the rules we have set up to ensure the safety of customers and volunteers.
- MASKS ARE REQUIRED. No exceptions. Paper masks will be available for anyone without a mask.
If you are unable or unwilling to wear a mask, please don’t visit.
- Six customers can be in the shop at a time. Shopping time is limited to 30 minutes, to allow everyone who wants to shop a chance. You will be asked to wait outside until it’s your turn to go in.
- Please maintain adequate social distancing inside the shop, and keep talking to a minimum
to reduce the potential spread of aerosolized particles.
- Children must remain with you at all times.
Returning customers will notice some differences in our checkout process. The volunteers will guide you through it.
Like you, we wish we could return to our usual hours and not have all these safety procedures in place. But for now, everyone’s safety is our main concern, so please bear with us.
We continue to accept donations (3 bags/boxes maximum, no books) at the shop’s rear door on Mondays from 10 AM to noon and Thursdays from 1 to 3 PM.
Who We Are
ALL PROFITS DONATED TO LOCAL CHARITIES
The Ypsilanti Thrift Shop has been serving our community since 1942.
We are a group of dedicated volunteers who work together to meet our major goals:
Providing affordable, gently used clothing and household items to our community; most clothing items are priced between $2 and $5
Donating funds to dozens of local organizations that provide for those in need in our area. We donated $72,000 in 2018!
Creating a pleasant, fun shopping atmosphere for our customers
We sell clothing for men, women, and children; jewelry; household items, linens, decorative items, and countertop appliances; books, CDs and records and tapes; holiday items; toys; sewing and knitting supplies and craft items.
These are just a few of the charities we support:
Ypsilanti Meals on Wheels
Friends In Deed
Washtenaw Community Mental Health
Feeding His Sheep
Want to help?
You can help us help the community in three ways:
Donate items. We accept donations of clean, gently used items (clothing without stains, tears, or fading) in good repair during our regular business hours.
Volunteer! We work hard, but we have a lot of fun doing it. See the information below.
Donate directly, using the PayPal link below. We appreciate all donations, large and small.
Volunteer Your Time
We are always looking for new volunteers. You commit to working a minimum of only 3 1/2 hours a month! If you'd like to become part of our efforts, stop by the shop and pick up a volunteer application.
Make a Donation
Donate through PayPal
GUIDELINES FOR OUR DONORS
Without those of you who go to the trouble of donating to the shop, we wouldn’t exist. We are grateful every day for the wonderful items you donate for us to sell
and the trouble you take to pack them up and bring them in.
A few months ago, the TODAY Show Web site featured an article titled “What Thrift Stores Want You To Know Before You Make a Donation.” And here is the main thing all thrift shops want you to know, as stated by Brendan Hurley, of Goodwill:
“We have a rule of thumb that we like to share with donors... before they give something…, they should ask themselves if the item is something that they would feel comfortable giving to a friend or neighbor. If the answer to that question is yes, then it's highly likely that it's something that can sell in a Goodwill store. However, if the answer to the question is no, then it's probably not something that's likely to sell.”
Please take a look at the article, which is full of good advice for thrift shop donors: https://www.today.com/…/what-thrift-stores-want-you-know-yo…
And here are some specific guidelines for our shop.
Remember that you are donating items that we will try to sell.
So please keep these guidelines in mind when you’re putting your donations together. Thank you!
CLOTHING AND LINENS:
- Donated items should be clean and free of mildew and odors.
- We cannot sell items that are stained or torn or that show significant signs of wear—frayed collars or cuffs, missing buttons, and the like.
- We have limited shelf space, so we cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, manuals,
yearbooks, old dictionaries, out-of-date travel books
- Donated books should be books you’d gladly give to a friend—clean and in good condition.
Please do not donate books that are mildewed, dirty, or water-damaged or that have broken spines or seriously yellowed pages.
HOUSEWARES AND SMALL APPLIANCES should be usable and in working order.
Tips for Successful Thrifting
Thrift shopping is good for the environment, good for your pocketbook, good for the community, and a lot of fun...IF you know how to do it. And yes, there are tips that can help you find great items and get the most for your shopping dollar. Here are a few of them.
TAKE YOUR TIME. Thrifting takes patience. You have to be willing to go carefully through the racks and shelves to find what works for you. People who don't do well at thrift shops are those who spend 15 minutes glancing at items and are then ready to go to lunch. At our shop, we notice that shoppers who come with friends seem to have the most fun--and find the best items.
SHOP AS OFTEN AS YOU CAN. Because all our items are donated, our stock changes literally by the day. You might find only a couple of wineglasses on one day, but a week later, you may find an entire outfit that you love--and that wasn't available the last time you were in.
HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS. It is always possible that you'll hit on an amazing find at the shop. A pair of brand new ED sandals for ten bucks (retail: $45), a Calvin Klein patent leather trench coat for $7 (retail: $120), a men's Givenchy blazer in perfect condition, etc. You won't find deals like this every day, but you can find them. We've sold every one of these items at the shop. But it's more likely that, on any given day, you'll find a new-with-tags Coldwater Creek blouse for three dollars or an Ann Taylor dress for four. Still great deals!
WATCH FOR SALES! Thrift shops get lots of donations, and because our space is limited, we have frequent sales. If you like our Facebook page, you'll always be alerted when the first day of a 50% off sale will be, and you can get to the shop before everything is picked over.
BRING CASH. Like many thrift shops, we don't accept credit cards, so be sure you have cash with you.
BE SURE THE SIZE IS RIGHT. We don't accept returns, so make sure your purchase fits. Bring a tape measure if you're looking for a specific household item. Try on clothes before you buy.
BUY SEASONAL ITEMS OUT OF SEASON. The best time to buy Christmas decorations is after Christmas, when all the holiday stuff is on sale. Best time to buy summer items? At the end of summer.
MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN! The best part of thrifting is in the great find--the coat you didn't know you couldn't live without, the soup tureen in the shape of a rabbit, an espresso machine at an incredibly low price.
Be in touch!
You can reach us by phone during regular business hours: 734-483-1226
You can contact us by email using the LET'S CHAT button below. We'll get back to you as soon as possible.
14 S. Washington St., Ypsilanti MI 48197
We're right next door to the Downtown Farmers' Market.
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Photo by Bethany Hayden