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

 

Charity Spotlight: Back to School

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Impact Thrift Stores is a great place to shop for back to school clothing for children of every age.September signals back to school – a great time to put the spotlight on two of Impact Thrift Stores’ supported charities dedicated to providing opportunities for quality education to diverse populations.

Lakeside Educational Network logoImpact Thrift has been supporting Lakeside Educational Network since our founding in 2001. Lakeside Educational Network exists to empower youth and families to overcome difficulties and achieve success through quality educational and treatment services. The organization serves more than 2,000 students throughout southeastern Pennsylvania every year with a range of therapeutic educational programs.

  • The Lakeside School makes academic success a priority for students in need of a small, structured and nurturing therapeutic environment.
  • Lakeside Girls Academy accepts regular and special education girls in grades 7-12 who need a structured environment and girls who may be pregnant or parenting and in need of pregnancy and parenting education, services and support while completing required coursework towards graduation.
  • Lakeside’s Vantage Academies in partnership with local school districts incorporate educational, therapeutic, and behavior management services.
  • Lakeside’s Institute for Family Professionals offers more than 30 different professional development courses to graduate and undergraduate family services providers.
  • Lakeside also offers e-learning, summer school, in-school counselors, mobile support and GED programs.

Click here to learn more about Lakeside Educational Network.

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Children's Jubilee Fund logoFounded in 1992, the Children’s Jubilee Fund raises and distributes funds which provide K-12 educational scholarships to a network of more than 20 schools where low-income urban students in the Philadelphia region receive a quality education driven by Christ’s love and academic rigor. Impact Thrift Stores has helped to financially support Children’s Jubilee Fund since 2005.

  • In 2015, the Jubilee Fund awarded 400 partial scholarships.
  • Ninety-five percent of ninth-grade Jubilee scholarship recipients have graduated from high school.
  • More than 90 percent of Jubilee scholars are accepted into college.

On Thursday, October 27, at 7 p.m., Children’s Jubilee Fund will be holding their Jubilee Fund Scholarship Program. The program will feature students from The Christian Academy, Jubilee Scholarship Alumnus and a Retirement Presentation to Jubilee Fund founder, Dr. Jim Petty.

Click here to learn more about Children’s Jubilee Fund.

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.