My, how time flies!
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.
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.
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!