Thrifty Threads

Our Mission

Thrifty Threads is located within United Parish and is fully operated by a team of dedicated volunteers. Thrifty Threads has been serving Brookline and surrounding communities in Greater Boston since 1993. We offer good quality clothing and housewares at very low prices -- proceeds support United Parish’s outreach and social justice programs. We pass on more than half of the donations we receive to non-profit organizations working directly with people in need. Our work also supports the environment by keeping gently used items out of landfill and instead helping them find new homes.

The non-profits we partner with provide backpacks, sweatshirts, jackets/coats, and durable shoes to people experiencing homelessness. We send business attire to groups that help people transition into the work force and provide children’s clothing and toys to a variety of family nurturing centers. Although we prefer not to accept book donations, those that do come our way are passed on to the Prison Book Project.

In addition to clothing and housewares, we sell jewelry, shoes, and purses, most of which are prices for less than $10. We also have a vintage boutique section, which offers one-of-a-kind treasures at slightly higher prices.

Store Hours

Fridays and Saturdays 12-3pm. Closed major holiday weekends.

Entrance is through the side ramp door on the Marion Street side of United Parish. Masks are required indoors.

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on cancelations due to weather or holidays, and to check out some of our fabulous merchandise.

Donations

Through the generosity of donors like you, we’re able to channel essential clothing and household items to people in need, generate revenue to support United Parish’s outreach and social justice programs, and help to protect the environment by keeping gently used items out of landfills and instead help them find new homes.

Please know we have limited indoor storage capacity and therefore can accept only:

  • Gently used or new clothing
  • Footwear in good condition
  • New socks and undergarments in original packaging
  • Small quantities of kitchenware, cookware, and decorative housewares. Must be clean and in working order.

We are unable to accept:

  • Men's suits and blazers. Year Up or Suits and Smiles might be able to accept these items
  • Tattered, torn, and stained clothing. These can be donated to textile recycling programs such as Helpsy and Planet Aid
  • Used socks or underwear (these also can go to Helpsy or Planet Aid)
  • Baby gear or toys/games. Try donating these to Cradles to Crayons
  • Electronics, screens. Your local recycling center will likely accept these.
  • Disposable plasticware (forks, spoons, knives)
  • Tupperware or other plastic containers
  • Hangers 
  • Books. Consider donating your books to More than Words or the Prison Book Program

Office staff can assist and accept donations Tuesdays - Fridays 11am-5pm at the 15 Marion St. entrance. Please do not leave items outside. Office hours are subject to change; call ahead at 617-277-6860.

Thank you for being such an important part of our community. Feel free to email with any questions: thriftythreads@upbrookline.org

Interested in Volunteering?

We sometimes need additional help for a few hours a week to sort donations and/or staff the store. Come join a wonderful group of volunteers, have fun, and maybe find a treasure or two.

 

Contact: 

Thrifty Threads

Upcoming Thrifty Threads Events

May 27, 2022 - 12:00pm (Thrifty Threads Open 12-3pm)
May 28, 2022 - 12:00pm (Thrifty Threads Open 12-3pm)
June 3, 2022 - 12:00pm (Thrifty Threads Open 12-3pm)
June 10, 2022 - 12:00pm (Thrifty Threads Open 12-3pm)
June 11, 2022 - 12:00pm (Thrifty Threads Open 12-3pm)

Latest Thrifty Threads News

Thrifty Threads Updates and Volunteer Needs
Posted: Feb 14 2022 - 5:38pm

Thrifty Threads Updates and Volunteer Needs
• Come in and see our new look! Thrifty Threads has a new contemporary jewelry case compliments of Wild Goose Chase. The store shared some of their cases and fixtures with us when they made their move to their new space at 1349 Beacon St. It's a few doors down from where they were. The volunteers at Thrifty Threads are so happy to have a new updated look and appreciate the ongoing support from our local retail friends.
• Thrifty Threads is hoping a Facebook Marketplace savvy community member can lend us your insights. We are trying to join marketplace to sell some items that don't really sell in the store, but have potential to sell to a larger audience. We would be grateful for your help! If interested in lending a hand, please contact thriftythreads@upbrookline.org.

Thrifty Threads Clothing Drive
Posted: Jan 10 2022 - 11:59am

Thrifty Threads is hosting a Children's Winter Clothing drive on Friday, January 14 from 11:30am-2pm, and Saturday, January 15 from 12-3pm. We have heard from a partner group that their families are in need of winter clothing and we hope we can help. Please drop off the coats, boots, hats and sweaters that your kids might have grown out of. Let your friends know too. Start off the year with a closet clean out. Contact thriftythreads@upbrookline.org.

Knock Their Socks Off & Turn Cold Feet Warm
Posted: Nov 10 2021 - 4:07pm

Thrifty Threads Sock Drive: November 28- December 19
Fill our stocking with new socks for children, women, and men to be shared with local shelters and clothing closets in desperate need of new socks this winter. We will be accepting your gift of new socks during our open store hours (Fridays 11:30am-2pm, Saturdays 12-3pm), and Sundays before and after worship in the back of the Sanctuary. We also invite you to bring donations for Thrifty Threads. We are in need of gently-used clothing of all sizes. There is always a need for infant and toddler clothing to meet the needs of our shoppers and our many partner charities. Your donations of both new socks and Thrifty Threads donations are greatly appreciated! Contact thriftythreads@upbrookline.org for more information.