Open since October, 2008, the Durand Thrift Store, continues to do a brisk business, especially in this recession. This is good news for the local community, Durand’s fundraising efforts and for the day clients of Durand who help in the store and participate in the day program attached to the store. The store’s offerings include never-used, still tagged items, and brand-name children’s, men’s and women’s clothing from Gap, Chicos, JJill, Gymboree, Children’s Place, Abercrombie and Aeropostale. Crafts, new bath and body products, knick-knacks, music CD’s, toys, books, electronics, furniture, jewelry and more are among the store’s merchandise. Most items range between $1.00 and $10.00 and throughout the year the store allows customers to stuff a paper shopping bag full of clothing for only $10.00 a bag.
Located at 549 Evergreen Avenue in the Evergreen Square Shopping Center in Woodbury, the store operates Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. Free pick-up of donations, and tax-deductible receipts can be arranged by calling 856-845-8913 during those times, or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The votes are in and Durand Thrift Shop has won Courier Post’s “2010 Best of South Jersey” Contest for Best Thrift Shop.
Come out and check out all the great things we have to offer or send us your gently used items!
One donor had this to say: “They are very consistent in their pick-ups. It’s very easy to arrange and I know that the items I donate will not be wasted and any money raised goes to a good cause.” – Nora C.
Durand Thrift Store and Woodbury HS Join Forces For Community
January, 2010; Woodbury, NJ — Students from Woodbury High School will be helping to lend their support in design and merchandising of the Durand Thrift Store through the school’s Option II program, which allows students to earn high school credit for learning experiences outside of the classroom, including community service.
In addition to providing inexpensive clothing and household goods to Woodbury and the larger community, the non-profit Durand Thrift Store, open since October 2008, helps employ adults with special needs, ranging from Downs Syndrome to Autism. These adults help sort through donations, unpack boxes and assist in donation pick-ups. The store is managed by personnel with Durand, an organization serving special needs children and adults throughout South Jersey since 1972. The Thrift Store is located at 549 Evergreen Avenue in the Evergreen Square Shopping Center.
Woodbury High School seniors and national honor society students, Megan Downey, Ashleigh Pollitt, and Chloe Berger, volunteered to assist with window decorating, in-store displays and design of the Thrift Store. Option II is part of the academic and professional standards from the NJ Department of Education, which serves as an alternative to traditional high school courses and involves in-depth experiences that may be provided by school district personnel or instructors not employed by the school district.
Senior Woodbury HS honor students Ashleigh Pollitt, left and Megan Downey, right, volunteered along with student Chloe Berger (not pictured) to provide design and display help at the Durand Thrift Store in the Evergreen Square Shopping Center in Woodbury, where they are pictured. The students’ support is part of the high school’s Option II program providing real-world experience and community service credits. The high school and Durand Thrift Store are newly partnering in this endeavor. The Durand Thrift Store supports special needs individuals throughout South Jersey.
Kathy Stalter-Allen, the high school’s Option II Coordinator, said, “we are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide several of our students with merchandising and store design experience, while supporting a non-profit organization that does so much good for the community.” The participating students are all college bound and excel academically and in their extra-curricular activities. Pollitt is class president and won second place in last year’s talent show. Downey is the National Honor Society vice-president and co-president of the school dance club with Pollitt. According to Stalter-Allen, “all three students also show a flair for design.” Pollitt who dreams of opening her own clothing store or dance studio one day, said she “loves helping the community.” Downey, who would like to be a speech and language pathologist, is “excited to do something new and be of help.” Pollitt added that she’s “looking forward to letting her creativity shine.” Berger is an accomplished musician and band member and is eager to provide some “extra sparkle” to the Thrift Store.
According to Susan Sedlack Durand’s Thrift Store Director, “this is a wonderful partnership with Woodbury High School. The students are providing us with an invaluable service. We’re ecstatic to have their creativity, enthusiasm and support in helping us present a vibrant, store appearance.”
“This is truly a win-win for the high school students, Thrift Store and the larger community,” added Stalter-Allen.
The Durand Thrift Store
Location: 549 Evergreen Avenue in the Evergreen Square Shopping Center in Woodbury, NJ
Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Donations: Pick-up of donations can be arranged by calling 856-845-8913 during those times, or emailing: email@example.com.