Change is the Only Constant…

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Impact Thrift Stores, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to financially support locally based charities and positively impact local communities through our thrift store operations.

 

The month of February will bring BIG changes to Impact Thrift Stores.  These changes will increase our strength as an organization and enable us to better serve you and the community.

On February 4, 2017, our stores at 14 E. Moreland Ave, Hatboro, and 208 Commerce Circle, Bristol, will cease to operate as Impact Thrift Stores.  While the decision to divest these two locations was not an easy one, we are excited by the opportunity to concentrate our resources on our three largest locations: Feasterville, Montgomeryville, and Norristown.  The size of the Feasterville, Montgomeryville, and Norristown stores allows them to host the full line of Impact Thrift’s gently used merchandise, including furniture and large household items which are difficult to display in the Hatboro store and impossible in the Bristol store.  Impact Thrift will also be increasing our focus on online shopping.  We invite you to visit our new ecommerce site to explore an expanded collection of vintage, unique, and collectible items.

Impact Thrift’s commitment to our mission has not changed. We take the responsibility of supporting our charities, caring for our employees, and providing access to affordable clothing and household goods very seriously. With an increasingly competitive retail environment, compounded by the surge of online sellers, Impact Thrift has been experiencing lower than projected sales trends.  In response to these trends, we have made many adjustments to improve sales and reduce costs. However, despite our best efforts, it was evident that more significant actions were needed in order to preserve our mission and continue to serve our community. As a result, Impact Thrift Stores entered into an agreement to sell our Hatboro and Bristol locations to a private entity.  The 15 employees at the Hatboro and Bristol stores have been offered comparable positions with the new retailer who will occupy the space after February 4th.  This change will allow us to further reduce expenses, refocus our resources, and most importantly, move our mission forward.

We thank you for your past support of the Hatboro and Bristol locations, and welcome you to visit our Feasterville, Montgomeryville and Norristown stores.  Please note, Impact Thrift Gift Cards, Winter Rewards Cards and coupons will only be valid at Impact Thrift Stores in Feasterville, Montgomeryville, and Norristown after 2/4/17.

FAQ’s

Q.)   Why is Impact Thrift ceasing operations in two stores?

A.)   With no margin, we have no mission. The divestiture of our smaller Hatboro and Bristol stores will allow us to focus on our three largest, most successful locations that allow us to accommodate our full line of product offerings. We will also be expanding our e-commerce business that will allow us to bring unique items and collectibles of interest to a broader customer base.

Q.)   What will become of the two stores?

A.)   As we began plans for restructuring, we were approached by an individual representing an independent, for-profit, business entity that expressed an interest in acquiring both the Bristol and Hatboro store businesses. Heaven’s Treasure Thrift & Value Stores LLC, out of Wilmington, DE plans to open for business in Bristol and Hatboro as of Monday, February 6, 2017.

Q.)   What will happen to the employees at the Bristol and Hatboro stores?

A.)   As a condition of the transaction, the ownership of Heaven’s Treasures will offer employment to all 15 current Impact Thrift Stores employees at the Hatboro and Bristol retail locations at their current rate of pay and comparable benefits.

Q.)   How will this affect Impact Thrift Stores’ mission in the community?

A.)   The Impact Thrift mission has not changed. We remain committed to providing access to affordable clothing and household goods at our three larger stores, the largest of which, Feasterville, is located less than 10 miles from the Bristol and Hatboro stores. We also believe these changes will make Impact Thrift stronger financially and thus better able to support our many partner charities that help people in need.

Q.)   What external pressures helped lead to this decision?

A.)   The retail market has become increasingly more competitive as demonstrated by the recent announcements of upcoming store closures by major retailers nationwide (e.g., Macy’s, Sears, K-Mart). The shift to online shopping has also added to the complexity of the retail environment, making it more challenging for retailers to support the overhead of traditional “brick-and-mortar” locations.

Q.)   Will Impact Thrift Stores focus more on e-commerce or online sales?

A.)   In December of last year, Impact Thrift made a commitment to moving much of its silent auction items to an online format. Customer response has been overwhelmingly positive and early results in this area have been promising. Click here to visit Impact Thrift’s eBay store. Traditional Silent Auction is still available at our Feasterville and Montgomeryville locations.

Q.)   Where will Winter Rewards Cards, Gift Cards and coupons be accepted?

A.)   The Impact Thrift $15 Winter Rewards Cards are redeemable until February 28 at all stores except Bristol and Hatboro. Due to the change in ownership, the cards will only be accepted in Bristol and Hatboro until Feb 4. The same holds true for Impact Thrift Gift Cards and coupons. Winter Rewards cards, Gift Cards and coupons will continue to be accepted at Impact Thrift Stores Feasterville, Montgomeryville and Norristown locations.

Q.)   Will there be “going out of business” sales at the Bristol and Hatboro stores?

A.)   No. We will continue to offer the same selection of great merchandise, with new inventory arriving daily at the two stores through February 4.  Our usual discounts, coupons and promotions will apply through February 4, but we do not plan to hold any going out of business sales.

If you can’t beat ’em… Join ’em!

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comic books are the type of items you will find in Impact thrift stores eBay shop impactontlineThose of you familiar with our larger stores surely know our Silent Auction… stocked with unique, interesting and nostalgic artwork, furniture, collectibles, books and more!

Well, we’re taking Silent Auction into the 21st Century! Introducing ImpactOnlineImpact Thrift’s new eBay Store!

ImpactOnline will offer smaller items that are easy to ship such as artwork, books, collections, clothing and accessories.  You’ll still find larger artwork and furniture along with a variety of those smaller items and collections at our Feasterville and Montgomeryville stores’ Silent Auction. These items are not always “antique” or “collectible” but are always unique, interesting and nostalgic. Some may have a greater value, others are simply unusual. Each of our stores and eBay shop will have a different, unique mix of items. 

When possible, we will do a little research into the item if it is signed, if it has a label or some kind of obvious identification or back story.  The items are not authenticated but put out for bid in Silent Auction or eBay “as is”.  The market value of each item is determined by you, the bidding public.

In the store Silent Auction, we simply set the opening bid and bidding intervals and invite you to place your bids! Bidding continues until 7 operating business days without a new bid, at which point the highest bidder is awarded the item.

On eBay, we also set an opening bid and often a “buy it now” price! Some items will have a reserve to meet as well.

Click here to visit ImpactOnline!

Double Your Impact!

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Impact Thrift Stores financially supports a variety of charities in the Philadelphia area who focus on the needs of families and children in crisisYour cash donation matched…

As 2016 comes to a close, I look back on the 15-year history of Impact Thrift Stores from our modest beginnings in Hatboro in 2001 to the operation we have today that touches more than 700,000 lives annually. Click here to read our Mission Update.

Over the years, many have experienced and continue to enjoy the thrill of thrift at our stores, and many local community members in need are supported by our organization.  We pledge to continue to respond to the needs in our community as we are able while we adjust to the more challenging state of the retail business.

But to do this, we need your help. 

Please consider giving an end of year, tax-deductible cash donation to Impact Thrift Stores. You can double the impact of your gift if you make a donation today as members of our Board of Directors have pledged to match dollar for dollar each donation received by December 31, 2016, up to a total of $20,000.

To donate online, click here. Check should be mailed to Impact Thrift Stores, Inc., 201 Progress Drive, Montgomeryville, PA 18936.

Thank you for your support and God bless you.

Sincerely,

Gray Wirth
President & CEO

As Temperatures Drop…

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Chosen 300 Ministries serves meals to homeless in Philadelphia and supports folks worldwide as one of Impact Thrift Stores supported charitiesAs temperatures fall below freezing, Chosen 300 Ministries welcomes the help of Buckman’s Ski Shop & Impact Thrift Stores who provided coats & hats for the homeless.

The City of Philadelphia has issued a code blue and while Chosen 300 works to make sure everyone who needs a place to stay are connected with outreach teams; the homeless’ daily journey is faced with fridged temperatures subjecting these folks to sickness, hospitalization, and possibly even death. Chosen 300 Executive Director, Brian Jenkins says the extra help came just in time to help the homeless battle the cold.

Event: Coats For The Homeless @ Chosen 300 To Tackle The Cold with help from Buckman’s Ski Shop & Impact Thift Stores.

Date: Friday, December 16, 2016 – 6:00 PM

Location: Chosen 300 Spring Garden, 1116 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

On New Years Day Chosen 300 will hold its Annual Polar Bear Plunge in Telford helping folks to remember the challenge the homeless face during the winter and raise much needed funds for the organization. Click here for more information about the Polar Bear Plunge!

Chosen 300 Ministries is one of Impact Thrift Stores supported charities. It is an interdenominational mission that distributes more than 150,000 meals each year as well as services to the homeless of Center City, West Philadelphia & Pottstown. In addition Chosen 300 distributes more than 300,000 lbs of food each year in Guyana, Jamaica, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Liberia & Uganda.

SHOP 3 Sundays!

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Shop 3 Sundays in December 2016 at Impact Thrift Stores in Montgomeryville, Feasterville, Norristown, Hatboro and Bristol PA

Impact Thrift Stores will be OPEN for business
THREE Sundays in December 2016!

December 4, 11 and 18, all 5 of our stores will be open from Noon to 6pm…. You are invited to SHOP for brand new and gently used Clothing and Stocking Stuffers PLUS…. THREE color tags in our clothing departments will be 50% off!

Our stores will also accept donations during these hours! (Clothing and Shoe donations only at our Bristol store please!)

15 Years and Counting!

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My, how time flies!

Impact Thrift Stores Norristown location on Markely Street near Johnson Highway

Impact Thrift Stores Norristown PA location on Markley Street near Johnson Highway

This year, Impact Thrift Stores celebrates 15 years! From our first store that opened in Hatboro, PA in late 2001 through the recent move of our Norristown store to a larger, more modern facility, Impact Thrift has been serving the Philadelphia area community in so many ways! Check out this timeline of our growth…

On January 15, 2001, Impact Thrift Stores founder, Paul Baur thought, “If a thrift store could support one charity, why couldn’t it support many?” The concept of Impact Thrift was born.

By December 5, 2001, Impact Thrift Stores incorporated, received its 501(c)(3) status, established a board of directors, purchased a building, filled a warehouse with gently used donations and opened for business in the old Santarians Department Store building in Hatboro. As donations poured in, they rapidly outgrew the one-store concept.

In November of 2002, a second store was opened on West Main Street in Lansdale.

In July 2004, Impact Thrift was asked to take over the struggling Lifeline Thrift in East Norriton and added International Health Services (the organization supported by Lifeline Thrift) as a supported charity.

In November 2008, the East Norriton store moved to a new location at 1798 Markley Street in Norristown. In August of 2009, the Lansdale operation was moved to a larger location at the old Atlantic Book Warehouse building on Route 309 in Montgomeryville.

Impact Thrift Stores largest location on Street Rd. in Feasterville, Bucks County, PA.

Impact Thrift Stores largest location on Street Rd. in Feasterville, Bucks County, PA.

In April 2012, Impact Thrift Stores opened its fourth and largest store located on Street Road in the Bucks Crossing Shopping Center in Feasterville. This mega-size thrift store, previously Value City and before that Clover, ­introduced Impact Thrift Stores to Bucks County shoppers and donors.

In November 2012, Impact Thrift Stores opened a Donation Processing Center centrally located in Montgomeryville, PA. Donations are received at each store and trucked to the processing center daily where a veritable army of staff sorts, tags for resale or recycles the items. Those tagged for sale are shipped to the stores daily.

In August 2015, Impact Thrift opened the Bristol Store as a clothing-only store at 208 Commerce Circle in Bristol to help meet a need in that area for lower cost clothing. We have since added Bric-a-Brac and Media departments to that store.

In August 2016, the Norristown Impact Thrift moved to a much larger, more modern building in the Norristown Center.panoramic view of Impact Thrift Stores Norristown location on Markley Street at Johnson Highway in Norristown PA

Today, Impact Thrift Stores is touching more lives than ever and remains focused on financially supporting locally based charities; offering reasonably priced merchandise for sale through its five retail stores; and providing jobs to more than 240 part-time and full-time employees.

Since 2012, Impact Thrift has responsibly recycled more than 9.3 million pounds of clothing, metals, books and household items that could not be sold in our stores. In addition, last year Impact Thrift welcomed 986 volunteers who completed 19,559 hours of service. Visit our website to learn more about how you can get involved!

Celebrate 15 Years with 15 Days of Savings!

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Thanks to YOU… Impact Thrift has been around for 15 years! What better way to celebrate than with 15 Days of Savings! November 2 through November 18, 2016,  you’ll find a different sales promotion every day at all 5 of our stores!

Join us on Tuesday, November 15 at our Norristown, PA location as we celebrate America Recycles Day as well as our 15th Birthday! Click here to learn more about how you are recycling as you donate, what we do with items that we can not sell and our new partnership with SWS, Sustainable Waste Solutions of Souderton. Bring along donations of clothing, household goods, and electronics to a Collection drive at our Norristown store from 9am to noon.

15 Days of Savings calendar reflects promotions during November 2016 at Impact Thrift Stores in Norristown, Feasterville, Montgomeryville, Hatboro and Bristol PA

 

Donate = Recycle = Thrift

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America Recycles Day is Tuesday, November 15 when Impact Thrift Stores will celebrate with a metals and electronics recycling drive at our Norristown store location 1700 Markley street and Johnson HighwayCelebrate America Recycles Day with us!

Impact Thrift Stores will mark its 15th anniversary on America Recycles Day, November 15th, with collection drives, commendations, and of course, cake!  The highlight of the day comes at 10 a.m. when Sustainable Waste Solutions (SWS) of Souderton will make a presentation to Impact Thrift certifying the nonprofit organization as officially “landfill free.” Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh will follow with a proclamation recognizing Impact Thrift. Representatives from the offices of U. S. Congressman Brendan Boyle and Pennsylvania State Rep. Matt Bradford also will be on hand for the presentations.

At Impact Thrift Stores we responsibly recycle clothing and fabric goods that are not sold in our stores located in Norristown, Feasterville, Montgomeryville, Hatboro and Bristol PA

Clothing and soft goods that do not reach the standards to be sold in our stores are baled in our Donation Processing Center and responsibly recycled.

Impact Thrift’s primary mission is to raise significant funds for our supported charities. We fulfill this mission by operating thrift stores stocked with your gently-used donated items. Just the fact that virtually everything we sell ends up being placed back into service by our shoppers, places us squarely in the recycling business. All donations that we receive are thoroughly inspected and only the best of what we receive make it onto our sales floor. That leaves us with a large amount of items that need to be trashed or recycled. We recycle everything we can. Be assured that we do our research to be certain that every recycler we deal with handles all items for recycling in an environmentally responsible manner.

Since 2012, Impact Thrift has recycled 7.5 million pounds of clothing, 1.4 million pounds of metal, 749,000 pounds of housewares, and 2.7 million pounds of books. Just since January 2016, Impact Thrift has recycled 3.3 million pounds of clothing, metal, bric-a-brac and books.

metals that are donated to Impact Thrift Stores but not of quality to sell in our thrift stores in Norristown, Feasterville, Hatboro, Montgomeryville or Bristol, are responsibly recycled

Just a small sample of the various metals Impact Thrift Stores is able to recycle through our partnership with 611 Metals Recycling.

Join us on November 15th at our Norristown Impact Thrift Store location to learn more about how you are recycling as you donate, what we do with items that we can not sell and our new partnership with SWS, Sustainable Waste Solutions of Souderton. Bring along donations of clothing, household goods, and electronics to a Collection Drive held in our parking lot from 9am to noon. (Please note that televisions cannot be accepted for recycling.) Our partner, 611 Metals Recycling, will be on hand to collect non-working electronics and scrap metal.

SWS is a leading provider of environmentally friendly commercial and industrial waste handling solutions in Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley and Delaware. In addition to their advanced recycling techniques, SWS converts waste into energy by delivering it to a state-of-the-art Energy-from-Waste (EfW) resource recovery facility. Impact Thrift recently contracted with SWS to manage its waste.

 

 

 

#ImpactThriftDoesHalloween

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ooohhhh spooky halloween costume A bowler hat, plaid blazer, striped pants, a pencil skirt, white blouse, little string bow tie, hip hop jeans or a plaid flannel shirt… Some glitter, costume jewelry or pages from a book…

These are the beginnings… or the bones if you will… of a great Thrifted Halloween Costume! Halloween costumes can be spooky or they can be fun… Looking for inspiration? Why not shop Impact Thrift this year for a one-of-a-kind, DIY Halloween costume?!

We’d love to see what you come up with and will reward your creativity with gift cards to our stores!

How? Create a DIY costume with items you find in one or more of our stores. Post a photo of your costume on our Facebook page and tell us about your thrift store inspirations by midnight Monday, October 31 using the hashtag #ImpactThriftDoesHalloween.

On Tuesday, November 1, we will gather a group of impartial judges (aka Impact Thrift employees) to choose 3 winners…. 1st place wins a $50 gift card, 2nd place wins a $25 gift card and 3rd place wins a $15 gift card. The winners will be announced in our November e-newsletter on Wednesday November 2 and on our Facebook page that day!

Need a little more inspiration? Click here to get inspired by our DIY Halloween Pinterest board with some great ideas for costumes and decorations… and check out some of the costumes shared with us in the past…

thrifted halloween costume inspired by the birdsdorothy and toto halloween costume built from items found at impact thrift stores
flintstones halloween costume inspired by impact thrift store finds#ImpactThriftDoesHalloween