Frequently Asked Questions
Does Thrift Town consign merchandise?
In short, no- but for a good reason. Thrift Town purchases all of its top-quality gently-used merchandise exclusively from our local nonprofit partners. Thrift Town does NOT purchase merchandise from individuals outside of our contracts with our charity partners, nor do we offer any type of consignment arrangements. If you would like to generously donate your usable clothing and household items to one of our nonprofit partners, please see the charity section of our website for more information on the Household Recycling Programs offered by our local nonprofit partners. Thank you for your support.
How does Thrift Town get its merchandise?
Thrift Town/NSC is a for-profit business that buys ALL of its merchandise from several nonprofit organizations. The money they raise from selling us “recycled goods” enables them to provide much needed programs and services to people in need. Since 1972 Thrift Town/NSC has generated over $80 million dollars in total profits for nonprofit organizations. We at NSC/Thrift Town are proud to be part of such a meaningful and worthwhile fundraising effort. Thank you for your interest and support!
Does Thrift Town buy/consign usable items and/or clothing?
No, Thrift Town purchases ALL of our merchandise from a local nonprofit organization in each market (please see answer to the question above for more details). Should you decide to make a tax-deductible donation of usable clothing and/or household items to charity, please visit the “charity” section of our web site to find out more about how to make a donation to one of our local nonprofit partners. Your support is greatly appreciated.
What does Thrift Town do with the stuff it can’t sell?
Because of Thrift Town’s commitment to responsible recycling, any merchandise not suitable for sale at Thrift Town is sold to outside companies who either use the material to manufacture other products and/or distribute the clothing to third world countries. Although it takes more work, this extra step in recycling is much better than adding more stuff to our landfills.
Has everything for sale in Thrift Town been donated to the store?
No. Nothing is ever donated to Thrift Town. Every Thrift Town store BUYS all of its merchandise from a local charity (nonprofit organization).
Does Thrift Town pay the charity fairly?
Yes. Thrift Town is always aware of the current open market rates, and takes great pride in continuously paying top dollar (above fair market value) to its charity partners for the merchandise.
When people donate to the charity, are they informed that their donation is going to be sold to a “for-profit” thrift store?
Yes. Per contractual agreements, donors are informed that their donation will be sold to Thrift Town in order to generate vital funds for the charity. In addition, this information is disclosed on the donation program materials, including the tax receipts, given directly to all donors.
How much money does the charity actually make?
Due to standard retail business cycles, revenue to Thrift Town’s charity partners varies by month per individual market. Since 1972, the business partnerships combined have generated over 80 million dollars in net income for Thrift Town’s charity partners.
Do the charities depend on the money being raised through their partnership with Thrift Town?
Yes. In most cases, this source of income represents between 70-90% (or more) of the charity’s overall budget. There are some nonprofit partners who have been able to lower this percentage, but these critical funds still remain a large portion of their overall budget. Without these funds, most of our nonprofit partners would be unable to provide their much-needed programs and services.
Does Thrift Town get a tax break for buying all of its merchandise from charity?
No. Thrift Town operates like any other for-profit retailer, and pays ALL local, state and federal taxes.