Still Thrifting After All These Years
If you like hunting for bargains while helping others at the same time, then head on over to the Andovers, where you’ll find two charity thrift stores that have been doing business for decades.
The Andover Thrift Shop, which opened in 1941, is celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2016. It has been operating at 10 Park St. since 1964. Proceeds help maintain Christ Church Andover, and the shop also supports shelters and senior centers in Haverhill and Lawrence. Leftover clothing goes to Lazarus House Ministries and Neighbors in Need in Lawrence, and household items are delivered to Mission of Deeds in Reading. The shop is staffed by more than 100 volunteers who sort and sell everything from clothing and shoes to antiques, jewelry, china and glassware, draperies, small furniture items, linens, small electrical appliances, rugs and bric-a-brac.
The North Andover Thrift Shop celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2015. The Woman’s Alliance of the North Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of North Andover began its work supporting local charities in 1955. It became an independent nonprofit organization in 1984. Locations have varied, but the store is now housed in the Schofield Mill at 172 Sutton St., the oldest public structure in North Andover. More than 30 volunteers run the place, and some of the revenue provides scholarships for North Andover students. Local organizations are also supported.