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Roslindale’s Thrift Shop of Boston Celebrates 85 Years

Posted by Your Town  June 7, 2011 01:13 PM

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The nonprofit Thrift Shop of Boston, located in Roslindale Village, is throwing a party on Wednesday, June 8 in honor of its 85th anniversary. Customers get a present in the way 50 percent off everything in the store for the day.

When the store first opened, almost nine decades ago, five charities shared space and divvied up the proceeds of sales, explains Anne Robertson, the current president of the board of directors of the shop, and long-time volunteer. Roslindale has been home to the shop for the last 11 years. Before that it was located in Jamaica Plain.

About 10 years ago, the Home for Little Wanderers, the nation’s oldest, and one of New England’s largest, non-profit child and family service agencies, became the sole recipient of the proceeds.

Since then, the shop has raised more than $550,000 for the Home---$50,000 in the past year alone, with sales of used furniture, clothes, jewelry and bric-a-brac, all of which is donated. A ceremonial check in that amount will be presented at an afternoon reception at 4 p.m., which is open to the public.

“We’re very pleased,” said Robertson. “Fifty thousand is the most we’ve ever given.”

Robertson, who in her 30 years as a volunteer, has done everything from manning the cash register to sorting stock to working on the financials, explained the staying power of the shop.

“You never know what you’ll find,” said Robertson. “That’s the fun of thrift shops.”

The Thrift Shop of Boston is located at 17 Corinth Street, Roslindale. On June 8, the store has extended hours, from 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.

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