The Thrift House is celebrating 75 years in 2015, 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, house wares, and much more—all at great prices! Be sure to check out our new designer area where you will find labels such as Coach, Prada, Cole Haan, St. John and Kate Spade.
The Thrift House accepts, with gratitude, new or gently used clothing (including designer labels), shoes, jewelry, accessories, small furniture, home décor, house wares and books. Your donations are tax deductible and all proceeds go to support our mission. Donations are accepted at the Thrift House any time it is open (see hours below) or at the JLE-NS office, located at 620 Lincoln Ave, suite 209, in Winnetka, which is open Monday through Thursday 9 am to 1 pm (summer hours vary, so please call ahead).
Looking to volunteer?
The 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 volunteer application.
Thank you for helping us to continue serving our community.
Junior League of Evanston-North Shore Thrift House
920 Chicago Avenue
Evanston, IL 60202
Tuesday through Friday: 11am-5pm (Thursday until 6pm)
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