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The New Canaan Thrift Shop is nothing short of amazing! — August 26, 2022

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is nothing short of amazing!

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is remarkable, impressive, and unique in many ways. It is not just impressive because I found one of my all-time favorite bargains ($65), a Pottery Barn bedspread for a fraction of the cost.  The quilt was something I had wanted for a while but was not willing to spend the $300 to buy it new. It was in excellent, nearly new condition, and I am thrilled with this purchase.  It is also remarkable because every time I go there, The New Canaan Thrift Shop has a wide variety of merchandise that is nothing short of amazing. I commend the volunteers on the eye-catching displays and the boutique feel of the shop.

They have three levels and carry men’s, women’s, shoes, teens, children’s, babies, and toddlers’ clothes.  They have an office section, a pet corner, luggage, linens, housewares and beautiful crystal, dinnerware, and serveware. Their clothes are reasonably priced for the names that you are getting. They carry Vineyard Vines, McLaughlin, Tory Burch, Coach, Ralph Lauren, and many other high-quality clothing brands, and their sales are great.

They have a fantastic selection of toys, games, puzzles, and children’s books.  Their unique sports section contains golf clubs, skis, snowboards, lacrosse sticks, tennis racquets, ice skates, and other sports equipment – all good quality for a fraction of what you would pay in a sporting goods store. 

What is impressive about the New Canaan Thrift Shop is that all the proceeds support the patient care Fund of Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, a member of the Waveny Lifecare Network. As someone whose family used hospice when my mom was sick, I know how incredible, compassionate, and kind the hospice community is. I am in awe of the New Canaan Thrift Shop for supporting and helping their community with their proceeds. While at the thrift shop, I was happy to meet with Stella Clarke, the Executive Director of Community Engagement and Volunteering. Stella is an extraordinary woman devoted to the Waveny Care Network and its mission to help families at the most challenging time of their lives. I commend Stella, Ulrike (Store Manager), and all the dedicated volunteers I met.

The history of the New Canaan Thrift Shop is fascinating. While 2 Locust Ave is not its original location, the building they are in now has quite a history. It was constructed in 1840 by prohibitionist Joseph Scofield. He wanted to lease the building to the Young Men’s Total Abstinence Society. That did not work as planned, as the movement did not go very far. And in 1856, Scofield sold the building to Russell Hall, who sold coffins and furniture, and for years, it was known as “The Old Morgue,” as it is historically known in New Canaan. The building was sold, and fast forward to 1928 when the building was sold to the Veterans Club.  In 1930, The Visiting Nurse Association volunteer Thrift Shop was founded to raise funds to support the charitable mission by selling used clothing. So here we are almost a hundred years later, and they are still going strong and more vital than ever.

The New Canaan Thrift Shop is well worth a visit!

New Canaan Thrift Shop

2 Locust Ave.

New Canaan, CT 06840

(203) 966-2361

Monday to Friday       12 pm – 4 pm

Saturday                      9 am – 1 pm

Until next time, Happy Thrifting!!

Thrifting is back and I have a rare gem for you. If you go to one thrift shop in Connecticut, make it the Ridgefield Thrift Shop! — May 12, 2021

Thrifting is back and I have a rare gem for you. If you go to one thrift shop in Connecticut, make it the Ridgefield Thrift Shop!

Every once in a great while, you have an extraordinary thrifting experience. I am thrilled to share this one with you. I was completely blown away by the Ridgefield Thrift Shop. Not just by the shop itself, but also by the volunteers who devote their time there. Patricia Hellman, President of the Ridgefield Thrift Shop gave me a tour of the thrift shop. I also had the pleasure of meeting some of the amazing volunteers and see how passionate they are about their work.

Let’s talk about the shop. We are talking 5,000 square feet of retail space PLUS an additional 5,00 square feet of storage in the basement. The selection is abundant. Some of the designers I came across in the store were Tory Burch, Dooney & Burke, Trina Turk, Lilly Pulitzer, Kate Spade, Badgley Mischka, Ralph Lauren, Coach, and too many more to list. I saw Manolo Blahniks flats that were in very good condition and were priced at $20.00. There was an abundance of Vera Bradley totes – all sizes and colors and it was just in time for Mother’s Day. Everything I looked at throughout the store was in pristine condition. The displays throughout the store are stunning and show all the hard work and dedication of the volunteers. Even the dressing room is gorgeous!

The most remarkable thing about the Ridgefield Thrift Shop is the prices – absolutely ridiculous (in a great way) and I still can’t believe how affordable everything is. Inventory flies off the racks at these prices and they are constantly restocking.

They have an extraordinary book section that is looked after by a former librarian. All the housewares, giftware, decor – phenomenal. Getting your first apartment, having a dinner party, looking for a unique gift for friend or family, this could be one-stop shopping for you. There was a stunning Lenox china set on sale for $250.00. That is a fraction of what it would cost in any high end department store. The Ridgefield Thrift Shop also carries mens and kids clothes, and lots of toys and games.

I took a few pictures and I hope they tell the story better than I do!

Another reason why I love the RTS is for what they do for the community. In 2020 alone they gave out 90 grants to worthy charities and those grants totaled $750,000.

As they say, it takes a village. Pre-COVID, they had over 100 volunteers donating their time to keep this shop in such impeccable condition. They are now at twenty and climbing every week.

Patricia Hellman (second from left) and some of the exceptional volunteers

I am forever in love with the Ridgefield Thrift Shop and once you visit, I know that you will be too!

Right now the Ridgefield Thrift Shop is open two days a week. Wednesdays and Saturdays from 12 – 4. Fingers crossed that they add another day soon! Don’t be surprised if there is a line when you get there at 12, all the locals of very well aware of this gem. Top quality name brands with these prices is well worth the trip to Ridgefield, CT.

Ridgefield Thrift Shop

21 Governor St, Ridgefield, CT 06877

Phone 203.438.3328

Until next time, Happy Shopping!!!

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