As I was shopping for our Halloween costumes (very last minute, I know), I darted in to our lovely thrift stores. And I thought, ‘My Goodness, our readers should have our PTA Thrift Shops on their radar screens!’
Both Orange and Chatham Counties have PTA Thrift Shops. As a person (who watches a lot of HGTV where they turn junk to beautiful pieces with just a can of spraypaint) I love thrift stores — bargains! But as a parent I love the PTA Thrift Shops even more. And here’s why:
These consignment shops take their proceeds and put some directly back into our local schools. They divide revenues based on a formula that factors in population as well as volunteer hours. So if you volunteer, you are directly impacting the amount of funding your school gets back! Thank you! The money is sent to the school’s PTA for their use. Chatham started their Thrift Shop in 1983 and since then, they say they have given over $4 million back to the schools. The Orange County PTA shop started in 1952. Can you imagine how many millions they must have given back?
So I love that this is for a good cause. And I love that they have some really good stuff in here! I have been to both Chapel Hill locations and the Cole Park Plaza location and I am always amazed at how many great things are in there. Yeah, you have to dig, but it is worth it. (By the way, C has fun in here, too, and I have seen many other kids running around having a blast.) They sell maternity clothes and I have seen pack n plays and exersaucers and more up for sale at these thrift shops.
If you are looking to donate, your goods are tax-deductible. I have to say that we have donated a bunch of stuff in our past (moving will make you purge). And the PTA Thrift Shops are the least picky we have ever seen. Not saying you should dump your garbage on them, but they are certainly more willing to take and consider whatever you have to donate than some of the other big-chain donation shops in the area. If you are donating, check online or call before you go as the hours for donating are different than store hours. In Chatham County, you take your wares in to the store. Orange County has an area around the back of the Jones Ferry location that will accept donations as well as a completely separate donatio
PTA Thrift Shops
Orange County: http://ptathriftshop.com/
Jones Ferry Road, Carrboro, 967-1272
Village Plaza Shopping Center, Chapel Hill, 942-6101
Donation Center, 942-9412
Chatham County: http://www.chathamwebbuilders.net/chathamptathriftshopsinc/
Cole Park Plaza, Chapel Hill, 969-9457
Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center, Pittsboro, 542-4070
Bestfoods Plaza, Siler City, 663-2395