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So much more than a thrift store


Thank you for your interest in the PTA Thrift Shop! We've been serving our community for over half a century, and whether you’re a parent or student within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School district or a patron who enjoys shopping for quality merchandise at a good price, your involvement makes a difference!

Who We Are:

The PTA Thrift Shop, Inc. is a non-profit resale business whose mission it is to enrich lives by building collaborative partnerships and transferring charitable donations into educational and community investments. Our organization began in 1952 as a small, frequently moved sales room. Today it has grown into two large, well-located and maintained retail establishments in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.

Our Locations:

PTA Thrift Shop - Carrboro Store

125 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510
Ph: (919) 967-1272 (retail store)
Ph: (919) 960-7413 (donations center) (located in the rear of the building, around the back)
Hours of Operation (Sales and Donations): Monday – Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm

PTA Thrift Shop - Chapel Hill Store
103 S. Elliott Rd. (next to Whole Foods in the Village Plaza)
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Ph: (919) 942-6101 (retail store)
Ph: (919) 942-9412 (donations center) (located in the rear of the building, around the back)
Hours of Operation (Sales and Donations): Monday – Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-6:00pm

PTA Thrift Shop Executive Office
125 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC 27510
Ph: (919) 942-6565
Fax: (919) 942-7613

What We Do:

A percentage of our profits from our stores are divided among the district's PTAs according to student population and need (which is based on the percentage of the student population that receives free and reduced lunch). The PTA Thrift Shop is honored to be a source of funding for all elementary school PTAs and for virtually every club, team, music group and other student organization in the middle and high schools. In addition, the PTA Thrift Shop also offers the Project Impact Grant Fund, which allows members of the school population to apply for project specific grants each year as well.

How Can I Benefit My Child’s School The Most?

Every school's goal is to maximize the amount of money its PTA receives from the PTA Thrift Shop. There are 3 ways to further this goal and to raise money for your school:

1. SHOP at the PTA Thrift Shops. The best way for the PTA Thrift Shop to increase our profits is to increase our revenue. To make more money, we must broaden our customer base and bring more paying customers in the door. You can all help by shopping with us and by promoting the PTA Thrift Shop to other parents, friends and neighbors. Store hours are 9:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 1:00pm-6:00pm on Sundays as well.

2. DONATE high quality goods to the PTA Thrift Shops. The PTA Thrift Shop makes money by selling donated goods, including computers, furniture, books, house wares, sports equipment, appliances, electronic equipment and lots of other stuff in addition to clothing. Of course the "good stuff" brings in the most money! In the words of one of our long time PTA Thrift Shop Ambassadors, "Be a hero - donate your "good stuff" to the Thrift Shop!!”

3. EDUCATE and ADVOCATE about the history and purpose of the thrift shop. Although we've been in the community for over 60 years, there are still many people who are unaware of all of the positive benefits that we bring to the community. Beyond that, there are many more who have never even shopped with us! In addition to the support we provide school PTAs, we also support school social workers in their efforts to provide for families in need. We also donate more than $100,000 annually in in-kind donations through our partnership with Inter-Faith Council and our basic needs program.

If you'd like to become a PTA Thrift Shop Ambassador for your school, please contact your local PTA President for more information on how to do so.

For more information about anything you've read here, please call PTA Thrift Shop Director of Communications and Community Relations Pat Richardson at 942-6565 or email him at

If you have specific questions about the PTA Thrift Shop, or you would just like a tour please contact Executive Director Barbara Jessie-Black at 942-6565 or email her at

We look forward to many more great years with your support!!!

Remember….SHOP... SAVE… SUPPORT!!!

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