7 Reasons to Shop Thrift for Mother’s Day

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Surprise! Surprise! Mother’s Day is right around the corner!

Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 8, 2016 and what better way to honor Mom than by shopping Impact Thrift Stores this year.Well, it shouldn’t be a surprise… Mother’s Day comes around every year on the second Sunday in May and every year, finding that perfect gift for mom can be a real challenge!

If your mom is like mine, she needs NOTHING… with a capital N!

Shopping Thrift for Mom can offer some solutions to this yearly challenge. We’ve put together a short David Letterman-style list of reasons to shop thrift for Mom:

#7. Does Mom collect some obscure figurine series? Does she have a watermelon theme kitchen or collect sheep things? Walking through the Bric-a-Brac section of Impact Thrift can offer a wide variety of  random items that might just fit in with her theme or collection!

#6. Is Mom an antiques lover? On any given day you might find lovely antique furniture, jewelry, or vintage handbags, shoes and clothing at our stores…. something Mom hasn’t seen in years!

#5. Does Mom appreciate clothing with name brand or upscale labels… but those retail prices just don’t fit your budget?  Check out the Impact Thrift Boutique, clothing and handbag departments! There you might find brands such as Coach, Ann Taylor, Michael Kors, Burberry,  Zac Posen… or maybe even Armani  or Dolce & Gabbana, all at a fraction of their retail price

#4. Mom’s not into gently used items? We also carry a selection of Brand New clothing, accessories and furniture at Impact Thrift Stores! You may also come across donated items that still have their original sales tags proving they’ve never been worn.

#3. Introduce Mom to the thrill of shopping thrift! Gift cards always make a great gift and they are available at any of our stores.

#2. Mom will appreciate your frugality! Shopping thrift is a great way to show Mom that she taught you well and you value her wisdom!

And the #1 reason to shop thrift for Mom… Shop with Mom! Spend some quality time with Mom browsing Impact Thrift and bring back memories as you find items from your childhood, or Mom’s! Shopping Thrift is truly a Treasure Hunt to be Shared! 

Shop in the morning than take Mom out to lunch… give Mom the gift of time together!

Spring Clean + Earth Day = Donate + Recycle

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every day is Earth Day at Impact Thrift Stores as you recycle by donating items such as clothing, shoes and household goods for resale in our storesWhen an equation balances…
the results can be spectacular!

Spring Clean + Earth Day = Donate + Recycle!

Friday, April 22 is Earth Day but we like to think that EVERY day is Earth Day!

Every merchandise donation you make to Impact Thrift, helps to keep those items out of land fills and puts most back in service! Every purchase you make from our stores helps us to financially support a variety of non-profits in the Philadelphia area!

Earth Day began in 1970 as a day to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. It has morphed into a year round, sustainable movement that is more about action than talk… a movement focused on a future of clean air, clean energy and a clean world for generations to come.

Every one who shops or donates to a thrift store is a participant in Earth Day every day.

This year we will be participating in a number of Collection Drives in the area. If you are interested in organizing a Collection Drive for your school, business or neighborhood, contact us today!

Click here to learn more about how and what you can donate to Impact Thrift Stores!

Click here to learn more about how some of your donations are recycled!

 

Fashion with Compassion!

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Women's top at Impact Thrift Stores Bristol Fashion OUTLETIt’s time to celebrate! 

And we want to share the celebration with you!

But… what are we celebrating you might ask? We are celebrating the establishment of our new, ongoing partnership with AHTN.org!

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need (AHTN) is a Bucks County interfaith nonprofit that provides year-long access to emergency shelter, food, and other life-sustaining services to the homeless and those in need. Impact Thrift will provide AHTN with regular financial donations and will offer assistance to AHTN’s neediest clients so that they are able to obtain essential clothing items during times of crisis.

In celebration of this partnership, Impact Thrift‘s Bristol store location (201 Commerce Circle) is hosting a “Fashion With Compassion” sales event during which 10% of the net proceeds will be donated to AHTN! 

This event will take place on Saturday, April 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and offer:

  • 20%-50% off store wide discounts,
  • An hourly drawing to win a $25 Impact Thrift gift card
  • A grand prize of a 2.5 minute, $250 shopping spree
  • and Snack of course (while supplies last).

Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need located in Bristol PA partners with Impact Thrift Stores of southeastern PennsylvaniaAHTN’s Founder, Penny Martin, and staff will take part in the festivities to spread awareness of their mission. There will also be free refreshments while supplies last.

“I am thrilled to partner with AHTN to make an immediate and positive impact on people’s lives right here in our very own community,” said Impact Thrift’s Bristol store manager, Debra Wackes “We are proud to give back in such a big way, to further our service to families in need.”

AHTN was chosen by Impact Thrift due to their commitment, compassion and dedication to improving the lives of people in need by providing code blue shelters, meals, and a wide variety of critical support including clothing, rent assistance, transportation services, and assistance with utility bills.spring clothing at Impact Thrift Stores Bristol Fashion Outlet

“Advocates for Homeless & Those in Need is looking forward to the partnership with Impact Thrift Stores,” said Karen Mineo, AHTN’s Managing Consultant.  “We are both nonprofit organizations whose missions positively impact the Bristol community and beyond.  In addition to financially supporting our mission, Impact provides items to our client’s at a considerable savings or at no cost. We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Impact Thrift as we both work towards our organizations’ common and unique goals.”

Mens clothing available at Impact Thrift Stores Bristol Fashion OUTLETAHTN is now one of 15 locally based nonprofits in the Greater Philadelphia Area that Impact Thrift provides financial support to and works cooperatively with. Each time Impact Thrift opens a new store, there are opportunities to financially support additional charities, such as AHTN. Like its other four stores (Hatboro, Montgomeryville, Norristown, Feasterville) the Bristol Fashion Outlet store location graciously accepts donations of clothing and shoe items, and the net proceeds from the sales provide substantial financial support to those 15 local charities that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and assist families and children in crisis. To date, Impact Thrift has donated more than $2 million dollars to its partner organizations.

For more information on how you can support AHTN’s programs, visit www.ahtn.org.

Moving right along…

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July 5, 2016 Update…

construction continues at impact thrift stores new location in norristown pa

Today they started installing slat wall so we can soon start hanging merchandise!

 

construction continues at the new norristown impact thrift store location in norristown pa

And new doors are in place…

And for anyone who’s interested… here is a view of the loading dock area behind the store:

loading dock area behind impact thrift store's new norristown pa location set to open in August

Loading dock area behind the store is where our trailers will be living.

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June 27 Update…

Check out the progress in our new Norristown Impact Thrift Store space… the cement floor has been polished, elevators are going being installed and we’re getting more and more excited!

Impact Thrift Stores new Norristown location is under construction including polished cement floors

Our new beautiful polished cement floors!

 

The cash wrap area of the new Impact Thrift store in Norristown PA set to open in early August 2016

The cash registers will be located in this area of the store.

two elevators will be installed to lift customers to the second floor location of our new impact thrift store in norristown pa

Two elevators will take you, your shopping cart and purchases up and down from store to parking lot.

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May 31, 2016 UPdate!

Quite a bit of progress has been made on our new Norristown Store space! Plans are coming together for a Grand Opening in late July or early August… Stay tuned for more….

Norristown Impact Thrift Store is set to move and open at our new location in early August 2016

Large windows and lots of light! It’s a new day at Norristown Impact Thrift Store!

 

Norristown Impact Thrift Store is taking shape and will be ready to reopen in early August

Drop ceiling is in place…

 

Impact Thrift Store in Norristown PA is

Lighting has been added…

And… Merchandise is starting to accumulate to fill the new space!

clothing, furniture, housewares and more are accumulating to fill the new Impact Thrift store in Norristown PA which is 40% larger than their current location on Markley Street.

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April 4, 2016 Update…

Construction continues in our new Norristown space in the USM building at 1700 Markley Street. It’s still a jumble of steel and wire, no real walls yet, but it’s coming along nicely! Check it out:

the big hole in the floor will be filled with an elevator before we open the doors in mid-summer 2016 of a new impact thrift store location in Norristown pa

The Big Hole in the floor will become an elevator that will carry customers and their purchases at the new Norristown Impact Thrift Store!

work getting done before the drop ceiling going into our new impact thrift store location in Norristown pa

new impact thrift store in norristown taking shape but still a construction zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

walls are starting to go up in the new Norristown Impact Thrift Store scheduled to open mid-Summer 2016 in Norristown PA

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March 17, 2016

It was announced last August that the building that houses the current Norristown Impact Thrift Store would be demolished. We are thrilled that as part of the Norristown Centre redevelopment project, Impact Thrift Stores will be moving into a new space… Still hard to see what’s going on in there but the steel is going up for walls and some awesome progress is being made!

Take a look:

Impact Thrift Stores new Norristown location is a hard hat construction zone in norristown pa

The new Impact Thrift Store will be 40 percent larger and located on the second level of the building directly behind the current store. There will be entrances from both parking levels.

“The move will give us the opportunity to stock more clothing, books, household goods and furniture in a beautiful new space,” said Gray Wirth, President and CEO at Impact Thrift Stores, Inc.

“We are very excited to make this commitment to the revitalization of the Norristown Centre,” said Wirth.  “We are committed to providing access to great shopping values and great jobs in Norristown and the surrounding communities.”

According to published reports, the center will also host a PA Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) driver testing area and photo licensing center. The DMV currently has a testing facility on Markley Street in East Norriton.  Royal Farms will also build a large gas station and convenience store on the site.

A Sneak Peek

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mockup of the exterior of our new Norristown Impact thrift Store

Recent news reports have stated that our Norristown store building will be demolished to make way for a more modern shopping center.  We are excited to announce that we will be moving to the building directly behind our current location in the same center!

Our new Norristown Impact Thrift Store will be 40% larger than the current store. It will be lighter, brighter and much more modern but carry the same fabulous brand new and gently used furniture, clothing, media, electronics and bric-a-brac that you love!

We plan to open in our new space in early to mid Summer… in the meantime, our current location is open for business!

Right now our new space is a blank canvas…just waiting for the Impact Thrift touch!

panoramic view of the soon to be new Impact Thrift Store Norristown location

On the Road Again…

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Riding on the bus during the Impact Thrift Crawl from Impact thrift store Feasterville to Montgomeryville paYou had so much fun the first time, we’re doing it again!

Join Impact Thrift… on the road…for our 2nd Thrift Crawl! 

Come prepared to shop, as you enjoy a chauffeured bus ride to visit 3 Impact Thrift locations: our new Fashion Outlet in Bristol, and Montgomeryville and Feasterville stores.

In celebration of American Heart Month, proceeds from each ticket sold will benefit the American Heart Association and Bristol goes Red! …So, 

Board the Bus…Shop Thrift… and Go Red for women!

“I thank Impact Thrift and the Bucks County Community for supporting the mission of the American Heart Association. Your efforts will allow them to continue their lifesaving mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. You not only are helping create awareness but you are giving us, the residents of the community, a chance to get have fun and connect with each other while at the same time a chance to support a worthy cause.” ~Theresa Conejo, AHA Volunteer.Impact Thrift Crawl shopper looks through children's clothing at Impact thrift Stores Bristol Fashion Outlet

A ticket will cover the cost of 1 seat on the charter bus, a free boxed lunch and an Impact Thrift Tote bag filled with shopping coupons and goodies! (Must be at least 16 years of age to attend) Click here to purchase your tickets today!

 

Here’s how the day will go… Impact Thrift Crawl Itinerary:

9:00am: Start your morning shopping at our Fashion Outlet (208 Commerce Circle, Bristol) Please check in at our registration table at the entrance of the store to receive your Impact Thrift Tote! As an added bonus, the store will OPEN 1 HOUR EARLY just for our Thrift Crawl Shoppers!

Impact Thrift Crawler shops shoes at Impact thrift store Bristol fashion Outlet during our last thrift crawl10:15am: Bus Departs Bristol

11:15am-12:30pm: Second Stop Impact Thrift Montgomeryville (979 Bethlehem Pike, Montgomeryville)

12:30pm: Bus Departs Montgomeryville. Attendees will leave with a preordered boxed lunch from Manhattan Bagel.

1:15pm-2:45pm: Third Stop Impact Thrift Feasterville

2:45pm: Bus departs Feasterville

3:00 pm: Arrive back in Bristol.

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american heart association will benefit from Impact Thrift Stores second thrift crawl as the supported non-profitGet to know the American Heart Association…

The American Heart Association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular disease and stroke, our nation’s #1 and #5 leading causes of death.  To improve the lives of all Americans, the American Heart Association provides public health education in a variety of ways. The nation’s leader in CPR education training, they help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. The American Heart Association provides science-based treatment guidelines to healthcare professionals to help them provide quality care to their patients and educates lawmakers, policymakers and the public as they advocate for changes to protect and improve the health of our communities.  Visit www.heart.org for more information and valuable tools to help you take control of your health.

Last year, the American Heart Association funded over $19 million in research grants throughout Pennsylvania, many here in the Philadelphia area.  They are also currently working to make CPR a graduation requirement for high school seniors in our state.  In the Bristol area of Lower Bucks County, the American Heart Association has partnered with Lower Bucks Hospital, who holds certification as a Primary Stroke Center, to bring year-round education and messaging to the community through the hospital’s My Heart. My Life. Platform, culminating with the Lower Bucks HeartChase event in the fall.  HeartChase is the newest signature of the event of the American Heart Association that brings education and awareness through a smart-phone based team competition.  You can learn more at www.heartchase.org.

Here are some scenes from Impact Thrift Stores first Thrift Crawl… Will you be on the bus with us???

Make & Take at the Philly Home & Garden Show

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make and take project will be demonstrated at the philly home and garden show by denise sabia sponsored by impact thrift stores

Succulents in Tea Cups make and take project!

How cute is this! Succulents in tea cups!

Charming and really easy to add a little vintage fun to your space. Make and Take this craft and a whole lot more at this year’s Philly Home and Garden Show  January 15 – 17, 2016 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks!

Show goers can get their hands dirty with a brand new Make and Take Section sponsored by Impact Thrift Stores!  Visitors will learn from the experts, discover new DIY project tips and ideas plus walk-away with their own creation.  To learn more and to view the schedule for the workshops, click here!

The show will feature highly interactive exhibits, including a full-scale model smart home, six professionally manicured dream-garden displays, inspiring discussion topics led by HGTV celebrities and hands-on DIY workshops with local home and décor experts. With more than 150 exhibitors, celebrities, design professionals and our area’s leading contractors and product suppliers all in one place, the Philly Home & Garden Show will help attendees create the homes of their dreams.

Philly Home and Garden Show logoPLUS…

By using online coupon code IMPACT at check out, you can buy a ticket to the show for only $5… a $3 discount over the regular online admission price of $8! (Tickets at the door will be $10)

Click here for directions to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center at Oaks.

Hope to see you there!

Honoring Dr. King with Goods… for a Greater Good

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"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" - Martin Luther King, Jr.  Regional Collection Drive Event

Monday, January 11 through Monday January 18, 2016

At Impact Thrift Stores, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s legacy and teachings into acts of service and generosity that empower and strengthen our local communities. To honor the life and works of Dr. King, Impact Thrift is going region-wide to collect clothing and shoes to benefit local charities whose missions support families and children in need–by addressing hunger and homelessness, children’s services, education, and fulfilling critical unmet needs in our community.

With the support of our MLK Day of Service community partners, and through the generosity of donors, we will see many lives changed for the better.

By dropping off donations during Impact Thrift’s MLK week-long donation drive, donors provide their goods…for a greater good, which is the greatest way to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All of the donated items will be either sold or responsibly recycled.

We encourage you to get involved and show your support by dropping off your gently-used clothing and shoes at various, local, community-minded organizations who are participating as drop-off locations across the Greater Philadelphia area:

ABINGTON YMCA Abington YMCA logo 1073 Old York Road, Abington PA19001
The Abington YMCA, serving Abington, Jenkintown, Cheltenham, Willow Grove, Mt. Airy, Oak Lane and the surrounding communities, offers a wide range of programs for children and teens including swim lessons, sports, fitness, child care and day camps. For adults and seniors, the Y has personal training, a variety of group exercise classes, wellness orientations and free babysitting services.

ALTEC Services  3151 Advance Lane, Colmar, PA 18915Altec Services logo
ALTEC recognizes that all people deserve to be treated with respect and thrive best when they participate and are embraced by their community. In designing day services and employment options for individuals with disabilities, we will strive to create opportunities in services and supports that will offer consumers choices to enhance their involvement in their community, increase their independence, and improve the quality of their lives.

ArcArcadia University logoadia University Impact Thrift truck on-site in the Murphy Hall Parking Lot
450 S Easton Rd, Glenside, PA 19038
on Monday only, January 18 from 10 am to 3:30 pm
As a way to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., MLK Day of Service will be held at Murphy Hall for a one day event on January 18 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Come out to the free Shredding, eWaste, & Repurposing Event and donate all of your items that need a new home.

ASI logoASI, Inc  4800 E Street Rd # 100A, Feasterville-Trevose, PA 19053
The Advertising Specialty Institute
is a for-profit organization serving the advertising specialty industry. Members of ASI include both manufacturers and suppliers of promotional merchandise as well as promotional product distributors

PA CAREERLINK® Bucks County Center for Young ProfessionalsPA CareerLink Bucks County
1260 Veterans Highway, Bristol, PA 19007
At the PA CareerLink® Bucks County Center for Young Professionals, job seekers receive personalized assistance with finding the right job in a convenient one-stop location.

Jacobs Woods logoJACOBS WOODS
100 Jacobs Hall Lane, Lansdale, PA 19446
Nestled on forty acres of picturesque countryside, Jacobs Woods combines the natural beauty of the area with state-of-the-art amenities. Luxury, convenience and sophistication are yours when you make Jacobs Woods your new home.

Pennswood Village LogoPENNSWOOD VILLAGE
1382 Newtown Langhorne Rd, Newtown, PA 18940
Pennswood Village is a beautiful, 82-acre continuing care retirement community based on Quaker principles, and located 30 miles from Philadelphia.

RSVP MontcoRSVP Montco logo
Recognized in the community as a reliable and dynamic source of rewarding volunteer opportunities for adults and as the premier supplier of adult volunteers to serve the community’s critical needs through Volunteer Impact Programs and placements at area nonprofit organizations. Programs focus on the needs of disadvantaged preschool students, at-risk youth, the elderly, those with low literacy skills and other nonprofits.

SofterWareLogoSofterWare 132 Welsh Rd. Suite 140, Horsham, PA 19044
Founded in 1981, SofterWare’s mission is to develop and support software that is easy to learn, easy to use, and adaptable to users’ unique needs, focusing on nonprofit, childcare, camp, school, and payment processing clients.

SPRINGFIELD Township High SchoolSpringfield Township High School logo
1801 E. Paper Mill Road, Erdenheim PA 19308
Springfield Township School District’s mission is to “Educate and develop all students as learners and citizens who are high-achieving, resilient and responsible in a changing global community.”

Wissahickon Valley Public Library  Wissahickon Valley Public Library logo
650 W Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA 19422
Wissahickon Valley Public Library provides informational resources to Ambler Borough, Lower Gwynedd Township and Whitpain Township, PA

Thank you!

 

Day to Night… with one dress!

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Your alarm goes off in the morning. You’re up, you’ve showered, ready to put on that power suit for today’s board meeting when you remember (the caffeine hasn’t fully kicked in yet) – It’s GNO… aka Girls Night Out. With back to back meetings and a packed schedule – there’s no time to run home and change your look.

So what do you do? Get creative!

This combo from Impact Thrift is actually made of separates, pieced together for a polished look that transitions perfectly from day to night.

Day to Night look Styled by Jonny Hrab with Impact thrift fashion finds from the new Impact Thrift Bristol Fashion Outlet.The best part? The entire outfit costs less than $60.00.

Day: A black blazer ($12) over this gutsy shift dress ($12) paired with a simple black tank top underneath make this the perfect outfit for the office. Add a multi-strand necklace ($10), black belt ($3.99), and ankle-high boots ($19) and you’re ready to tackle even the most challenging critic of the board.

Night: Ditch the sweater and tank top but keep those boots on for what’s sure to be a night full of dancing and fun with the girls. Add a little more spice with a thick white belt($2.99) right at the waist and you’re ready to go!

All of the items pictured were found at our Bristol Fashion OUTLET! The looks were pulled together by stylist, Jonny Hrab and our friends at J2 Communications.