Thrift House

     Thank you for your continued support of the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore‘s mission to give back to the community!

    Thrift House celebrated our 80 year anniversary in 2020, a milestone for any merchant. In 2016, JLE-NS remodeled the Thrift House with new features that offer a more welcoming shopping environment, an improved customer experience and a more curated selection of high-quality, gently used merchandise, including women’s clothing, men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, housewares and home décor.  To view highlights of the re-opening or photos of the new store click here.

    Since opening their doors in 1940, the Thrift House has been Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s oldest, ongoing project and continues to be a major source of revenue, raising approximately $25,000 per year to support JLE-NS’s operations and community projects.

    Though times have changed, our mission of the Thrift House remains the same:

    – to provide quality, used merchandise at affordable prices to a diverse community

    – to increase awareness of Junior League of Evanston-North Shore’s mission

    – to raise funds to support our League’s operations and community outreach programs

    Goods for a greater good.
    All net proceeds go directly into the community through a combination of League-sponsored volunteer projects, community grants and scholarships, and development of leadership skill of our members.

    Since 2009, Thrift House has been the home of JLE-NS’s Fitting Futures, the League’s community outreach project that provides free, interview-appropriate clothing and job readiness sessions for low-income women.

    The Thrift House offers voucher programs to other non-for profit organizations, including Mary Lou’s Place (the Evanston YWCA Domestic Violence Shelter), enabling clients to shop at the Thrift House at no charge.

    Our community partners, including Connections for the Homeless, benefit from Thrift House by receiving our re-donations (useable items on their wish list that have been unsalable at the shop).

    Something for everyone.
    Whether you’re a bargain-hunter, a parent of growing kids, a student on a budget, or someone who likes to shop for treasures, you’ll find constantly changing merchandise of great finds. Come in today and discover our wonderful selection of women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, jewelry, small furniture, books, home décor, housewares, and much more—all at great prices! Be sure to check out our designer area, where you will find labels such as Coach, Prada, Cole Haan, St. John, Kate Spade, and more.

    Thrift House accepts with gratitude, new or gently used clothing (including designer labels), shoes, jewelry, accessories, small furniture, home decor, housewares and books. Your donations are tax deductible and all proceeds go to support our mission. If you are interested in making a donation to Thrift House, please drop off your gently used items at our store located at 920 Chicago Avenue in Evanston during our regular business hours, or please call us directly at (847) 328-5778 to coordinate a larger donation drop-off.

    Looking to volunteer?
    Thrift House needs community volunteers to come and help. Our volunteers help sort and organize donations, ensure the shopping area is organized and that items are displayed in their proper place, and assist with customers’ questions and purchases. If you are interested in volunteering at Thrift House, please complete a community volunteer application. If you have any questions about volunteering at Thrift House, please email

    Thank you for helping us to continue serving our community.

    Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Thrift House
    920 Chicago Avenue
    Evanston, IL 60202


    Store Hours: 

    Monday 11AM-5PM

    Tuesday 11AM-5PM

    Wednesday 11AM–5PM

    Thursday 11AM–6PM

    Friday 11AM–5PM

    Saturday 10AM–5PM

    Sunday Closed
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