September 21, 2020
Halloween Headquarters: The Thrift Store has an incredible supply of new Halloween costumes and accessories—including hats, shoe covers, vampire teeth, even fancy fake eyelashes! and much more. We also have a wonderful table full of new Halloween flags and door décor donated by Community Pharmacy in Tyrone.
Home Décor Sale: Fall home décor items are now half price.
Toy Donations: The Thrift Store is now accepting new and gently used toys, games and puzzles in preparation for a Doll & Toy Sale before Christmas. Please make sure donated toys have all their pieces and are in clean, working condition.
Volunteer Appreciation Week: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be celebrating its Volunteers (we have more than 140!) the week of October 12-18, 2020. Our Store is entirely staffed by volunteers so that all of our profits go to help those in need in our community. Please thank the volunteers who help you when you are in our Store.
Extended Saturday Hours: Starting Saturday, September 12 the Thrift Store is now open Saturday afternoons until 4:00 pm.
Volunteers Needed: The Thrift Store needs volunteers 1) for any morning shift (Monday-Saturday) to help with donations and 2) donations, sorters, and cashiers for Saturday afternoons. Call 867-3131 for more information or stop by the Store to learn more about our operations and complete a volunteer form.
Donations & Changeover: Currently, donations of housewares are limited to one box or bag per donor due to limited storage space (we are quarantining donations for one week to protect our volunteers). Donations of clean, gently used clothing in season are most welcome; we are now accepting winter clothes. Donations are accepted only during these hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-1:00 pm.
Thrift Store Closed for Health & Safety
In accordance with Governor Wolf's announcement on March 16, 2020, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store will be closed through March 30. While we are sorry to be closed during a time when there will be an increased demand for the help we provide to those in need, it is imperative that we do all we can to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We are especially determined to do what is best for our volunteers, the vast majority of whom are retired and over 60, and thus more susceptible to the virus.
During this time, the Thrift Store will not accept donations. No one will be in the store to accept or process donations, and items left outside the door will be subject to damage from weather. Please save your donations until we re-open.
However, our Vincentians (members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) will often be in the office to take calls and check messages from folks requesting aid. While we do have some funds to provide financial help for a limited time, monetary donations would be most welcome, as we do not know how long the Thrift Store will have to be closed; this is worrisome, since the Store usually provides a large percentage of the funds for our mission. Donations may be mailed to: Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1300 Benner Pike, Suite B, State College, PA 16801. God bless you for your support.
New Donations Door
We are pleased to share with you that we are now accepting donations at the back door of our new building. Follow the parking lot around to the left of the building, and the door is at the back left corner. Please back into the space in front of the door to unload your items. When your donation is complete, please exit through our parking lot (the unpaved driveway behind our area is private property and is not available for our use).
Thrift Store Move
We are so excited to share with you that our move to 1300 Benner Pike is complete, and we had a wonderfully successful Grand Re-Opening on Saturday, January 12.
The retail area of our new space is 55% bigger than the old space, so there is more merchandise than ever. And we now a meeting/classroom--watch for information on DIY and craft classes.