Thrift Shop

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**See New Donation Policy below**
The Mercer Island Thrift Shop offers several services to the Mercer Island community, such as recycling used goods, job training and providing a sense of community and contribution for over 50 volunteers. Proceeds for sales at the Thrift Shop are a source of funding for MIYFS. “Like” us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MIYFSfoundation#!/MercerIslandThriftStore

LOCATION

7710 SE 34th Street (SE corner of Mercerdale Park)
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Thrift Shop Coordinator: Suzanne Philen
Phone: (206) 275-7760

RETAIL HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Special Holiday shopping hours are: December 24th, 31st and January 1st; Open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
We are closed on December 25th for the Christmas holiday.

DONATION HOURS

Monday through Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available – please call!

Our holiday closures for donations include: Thanksgiving Day, December 24th and 25th, December 31st and January 1st.

NEW DONATION POLICY

Raising money through sales of your donations means accepting ONLY sellable or usable items.

Following the lead of other major businesses in the thrift industry, such as Goodwill, Mercer Island Thrift Shop will now accept only those items that can be sold in the Thrift Shop or sold in bulk to other recycling endeavors.

The mission of the Thrift Shop is to raise money through sales of your donated items to support the programs of Mercer Island Youth & Family Services. Each year Thrift Shop revenues add close to $750,000 to the MIYFS budget.

Most of what is donated goes to good use. However, the unusable and unsellable items have started costing the Thrift Shop thousands of dollars for disposal – money better spent on programs and services for youth, families and seniors of our community. Over the last two years the Thrift Shop has increased its volume of waste by 91%, a total of 238 tons – these are donations that are neither usable nor acceptable by other donation centers.

We know this is a big change. We also know you want the very best for Mercer Island. It is always hard to say “no thank you” to a donation – please understand the underlying reason is for the good of serving our community.

Here’s how our new policy will work:
1. A donation attendant will meet you at your vehicle and greet you with a warm “Welcome to the Thrift Shop.”
2. Your attendant will quickly help you unload the items that can be sold inside the store or in bulk.
3. Your attendant will then provide resource information which may help you determine the most responsible outlet for the items we can no longer accept.
4. Most importantly, we will thank you and offer you a tax deductible receipt for your donations.

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