Thrift Shop

Open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Murray Church Thrift Shop supports the Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. We believe that love is the spirit of this church and service its law. This is our great covenant: to dwell together in peace, to seek the truth in love, and to help one another.

The Murray Church Thrift Shop sells gently used clothing for women and men, as well as, small housewares, linens, jewelry, books, and giftware, all at bargain prices. We are completely staffed by our wonderful volunteers, and all of the money earned goes back into the general funds of the church.

We are located at Murray Unitarian Universalist Church, 505 North Main Street, in Attleboro.

The Murray Church Thrift Shop will close on days with significant weather and will be determined by the accessibility to the shop with customer safety in mind. Closure updates will be posted on the Murray Church Thrift Shop website, Facebook Page, and on WFTX, FOX 25, WCVB 5, WBZ 4, WHDH 7, and Rhode Island Broadcasters.

Donations

Accepting donations of clean and in good condition clothing items, shoes, hats, scarves, for all ages. We also accept small electronics, if they are working, clean linens (please tell us what size they are), jewelry, books, and other household items. If you can still wear it or use it, donate it. No TVs, computers, or toys, please.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote and support the pursuit of environmentally sustainable practices in our congregation by providing our church members and community an outlet to upcycle gently used clothing and housewares; to give the community, especially those with limited incomes, a chance to purchase good quality new and used necessities at bargain prices; to reduce waste headed for landfills by responsibly donating our excess merchandise to other local charitable organizations; and to raise funds for Murray Unitarian Universalist Church.

Our Story

The roots of the Murray Church Thrift Shop lie in one of the service organizations of our church, the Clara Barton Guild. Twice a year, members of the Clara Barton Guild would run a rummage sale at the church. Their purpose was multifold, it gave the community, especially the less fortunate, a chance to purchase good quality new and used necessities at bargain prices, it was an opportunity to recycle gently used clothing and housewares for our church members and community, and it served as a fundraiser for our church and other charitable organizations. When the members of the Clara Barton Guild could no longer manage the rummage sales, the dream of opening the Murray Church Thrift Shop naturally evolved.

We were also influenced by the Murray Church Holiday Fair, especially by Almost Antiques, Grandma’s Attic, Grandpa’s Garage, and the Book Room. The bargains found in these rooms were welcomed by the surrounding community.

Today, we process, sort, tag, and merchandise the treasures that are donated to us.  The items we can’t use, we donate in turn to organizations that do not landfill but also recycle. As a Green Sanctuary Church, we promote the principles of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.

Some of the organizations we donate to are

  • Clothes To Go
  • Baystate Textiles
  • Discover Book
  • Attleboro animal shelter
  • Indie Cycle

 

Donations acceptance guide

Drop off your donations on the days we are open or contact us for other alternatives.

(March 2021)

Acceptable

The following items that are clean, pre-washed, and in good repair (no rips, stains, or broken items) WILL be accepted:

  • ACCESSORIES: Hats, mittens, scarves, ties, socks, purses, wallets, backpacks, bags
  • CLOTHING & SHOES: Men’s women’s, children’s
  • ELECTRICAL ITEMS IN WORKING ORDER: Small toaster, microwave, and convection ovens, toasters, radios, irons, blenders, mixers, stereos, CD players speakers, DVD players, table lamps, floor lamps, fans, LCD or LED or plasma flat-screen televisions
  • CHILDREN’S: games, puzzles,
  • KITCHEN: Pots, pans, utensils, china cups, vases, dishes, cutlery, glassware, silverware, stemware
  • KNICK-KNACKS: Jewelry, crafts, mugs, candles, pictures/frames, baskets, ornaments, arts & crafts items
  • MEDIA: Hardback and paperback books, CDs, DVDs,
  • SMALL FURNITURE: Chairs, bookcases, tables: dining, kitchen, coffee, end, computer, & nightstands
  • TEXTILES: Bed/bath towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, curtains, tablecloths, placemats, cloth napkins
  • ART-WORK: Watercolor and oil paintings, posters, wall-hangings

Please Note: All donated items will be sorted into categories. Some will be used immediately; some may be saved to sell during a more appropriate season. Some items may be stored to sell at the Holiday Fair in Grandma’s or Grandpa’s Attic or Almost Antiques. Inappropriate items may be discarded or brought elsewhere.

Unacceptable

The following are items that will NOT be accepted:

  • UNDERWEAR: Underpants
  • EXERCISE AND OUTDOOR: Bicycles, golf accessories, garden tools, sports equipment, exercise equipment, skis, archery equipment
  • BEDS AND BEDDING PARTS: Mattresses, box springs, waterbeds, coil springs, etc.
  • CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS: Lumber, pipes, floors, tubs, cabinets, carpet, doors, windows, etc. What about faucets, light fixtures, stained glass, windows hardware, power tools
  • DAMAGED FURNITURE: Torn, soiled or in need of repair.
  • FLAMMABLE PRODUCTS: Any items that operate on or contain fuel including gas cans, propane cylinders, barbecues, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, camp stoves, tiki torches, etc.
  • HAZARDOUS MATERIALS: Batteries, paints, chemicals, cleaning products.
  • INFANT & CHILD PRODUCTS: Car seats, cribs and related products (restricted by law), stuffed animals, toys
  • LARGE APPLIANCES: Refrigerators, dishwashers, furnaces, stoves, washing machines, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, etc.
  • LARGE FURNITURE: Sofas, dressers, hutches, armoires, recliners, patio furniture, cabinets, entertainment centers, carpets
  • HEALTH CARE ITEMS: Medical devices, foot baths, CPAP machines, humidifiers, dehumidifiers
  • MARINE VESSELS AND ACCESSORIES: Boats, canoes, kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, etc.
  • TELEVISIONS & COMPUTER MONITORS: Large televisions in cabinets, CRT “tube” TV’s & monitors
  • WEAPONS: Firearms, explosives, ammunition, flares, hunting knives, pocketknives, bows, arrows
  • MISCELLANEOUS: Magazines, records, tapes, video tapes, computer software, video games

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