The Thrift Shop
Through the generosity of our donors, the Thrift Shop is able to provide items at no cost to those in need.
Proceeds from The Thrift Shop help to fund the unfunded services provided by the staff of Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, and donations to the Shop are tax deductible.
The location at 38 Lagoon Pond Road in Vineyard Haven (across from the Vineyard Haven Post Office) has allowed the Shop to expand offerings to include not only clothing and housewares, but furniture, artwork, and collectibles. The book department is excellent – so good, in fact, that the Shop is fast becoming known as “The Other Book Store.”
In 2002, the Thrift Shop took its place in the arts community of Martha’s Vineyard by hosting the first Chicken Alley Art’s and Collectable Sale. The event caught on immediately and has raised significant funds in support of MVCS.
The four-hour extravaganza is held on the 2nd Sunday in August and features more than five hundred pieces of framed art and hundreds of collectables at affordable prices.
The Thrift Shop is successful because of the contributions of many. Staffed by an ‘army’ of volunteers, the Shop is always looking for recruits.
Through the generous donation of saleable used clothing, furniture, jewelry – almost anything – donors not only help to raise significant funds for MVCS, but also provide much needed items to be recycled to those who rely on The Thrift Shop to meet the needs of their families.
In the last year The Thrift Shop has added monthly craft classes to promote recycling and reusing and launched their own private label, Hatched, a line of upcycled products made by staff and volunteers. Hatched products are made from unsalable donations and are sold at island craft fairs.
Marshall Pratt, Thrift Shop Manager