The Thrift Shop in White Plains has been in continuous operation since November 11, 1918! It is the oldest thrift shop in New York State, possibly in the country. The idea of a Thrift Exchange as it was called grew out of the national desire to reuse and recycle items in order to aid the war effort. The original Thrift Exchange was held in the Tod Market on the corner of Court Street and Martine Avenue. The building is still in existence. In 1923 the Thrift Shop moved to a barn behind the old Preudhomme residence on Church Street, It remained at that locaion for 50 years until finally moving to its current location in the White Plains Presbyterian Church on North Broadway. The Shop is a 501c3 entity, jointly owned by the Woman's Club of White Plains, the Scarsdale Woman's Club and the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale with proceeds donated to local charities. The Shop is manned by volunteers from all three organizations who rotate weekly. Currently the Shop is open every Tuesday and the first, third and fourth Saturdays of the month and sells women's, men's and children's clothing as well as household items.
A complementary group to the Thrift Shop is our Marking Committee. Each week, the numerous donations to the Thrift Shop are examined and priced for sale. Those that are not able to be sold are donated to other local organizations such as El Centro, Lifting Up Westchester and Shepherd's Flock. The Marking Committee meets every Tuesday from 9:30 - 11 am. All members are welcome to help out in the Marking Committee and/or at the Thrift Shop.