PTA Thrift Shop


Did you know that volunteering at the Thrift Shop is our school’s largest money maker? Last year we earned $30,985! That’s a BIG chunk of our PTA’s budget!




There are MANY ways to get involved with the Thrift Shop


Volunteering in the Store – PHS schedules Volunteer Work Groups each month that we staff with parents and friends of PHS. Work Groups are a great way to meet other PHS parents and can be fun, especially when you bring along a friend. Once there, you will straighten clothes on racks, sort items, hang clothes, sweep the floor and generally prepare the store for the next shopping day. Sessions are typically two hours and the dates/schedule can be found here.


Children aged 10 and older may volunteer with an adult. For ages 10 and 11, the ratio must be 1:1 parent:child.


BONUS: Shop during Work Groups! You get a 50% discount off books, toys, games,    clothes and shoes (non-”boutique”) for up to $25 worth of items (cash, check only).

*Each Work Group is led by a Volunteer Supervisor. The Supervisor is in charge of letting the group know what the evening tasks are (assigned by the Store Manager) and making sure the jobs are completed. Supervisors complete a brief 1-hour training and then earn TIME AND A HALF for each Work Group they supervise! We are always accepting new Supervisors.


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Drop In Volunteer
- Help during Store Hours is always appreciated, especially helping to process donation bins during the hours of 5-7pm. The Manager-On-Duty is not always available to give instructions, so Drop Ins are usually best if you have a feel for the store and are able to work self-sufficiently.


Sort Clothes
- Have you ever wondered who gets to decide if a donated piece of clothing will sell on the floor? Well, YOU CAN! With training (10 hours total), you can drop in during store hours or come to a designated evening Sorting Group and help sort through donated clothing. We are always accepting new Sorters.


Empty the Drop Box
– That big white shed in front of the school is our PTA Drop Box. Anyone in the community can give donations to the Thrift Shop by placing items in the box. We earn thrift shop hours by emptying the box and taking the items to the thrift shop! Volunteers Emptying the Drop Box need a short training to understand how to do this, and then each time you volunteer in this way you will earn DOUBLE VOLUNTEER HOURS! We are always accepting new Drop Boxers.


PTA Thrift Shop Fashion Show
- This December, join fellow PHS Staff, Teachers, Parents and Students in an exciting Fashion Show, featuring the amazing, one-of-a-kind treasures you find at the Thrift Shop. Each Model walking in the Fashion Show, as well as each volunteer that donates his/her time organizing, setting up and cleaning up the Fashion Show, earn volunteer hours! More information about being a model or helping with the event will come at a later date. 


Thrift Shop Supply Drives
- The Thrift Shop needs supplies to help it run smoothly! Typically, these supplies include paper towels, toilet paper, 33-gallon black trash bags, gift cards for Walmart or Lowes Foods (to purchase supplies) and masking tape. We will hold official supply drives to collect these items at some point during the year, but if you ever want to donate these items they are always welcomed (reach out toThrift Shop Coordinator if you have donations outside of the official Supply Drive). Please keep your receipt and turn in with your donations, as each $7.50 spent earns 1 Volunteer Hour. 


- There may be special projects that are available to earn Volunteer Hours, so be on the lookout for this information throughout the year. In the past this has included painting the walls, Holiday Help, building a new Drop Box, plumbing and general carpentry work, etc. 




Cole Park Shopping Center    HOURS: Monday-Saturday, 9am-7pm
11500 US 15-501 Hwy N, Chapel Hill, NC  2717


Please contact the PHS Thrift Shop Coordinator with any questions or comments: 




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