What’s old is new again at the Thrift Shop

Thrift shops bring new people and once-loved items together.

The Auxiliary Thrift Shop does even more: its proceeds benefit Yale New Haven Hospital.The shop, located on the corner of Chapel and Orchard streets in New Haven, carries a wide variety of gently-used clothing, jewelry, housewares and small appliances. And it’s gaining a reputation for a terrific inventory of vintage clothing.

Donations come from hospital staff and throughout the community. Recently, the shop received a large amount of clothing in excellent condition from a 92-year-old woman. The clothing spanned many eras and included cruise wear, furs, and suits, with many items from the 1950s, said Thrift Shop Committee Chair Jane Snaider. These items delighted a shopper from another generation – a woman from Iceland who attends Yale University. The student was able to find a beautiful coat, said Snaider, then came back and bought two vintage dresses from the collection. 

Because the shop is staffed by volunteers, it’s always best to call ahead, whether to do some shopping or about dropping off donations. For more information or to volunteer, call 203-789-3312.