Published on January 08, 2018

A good place to take closet overflow itemsA good place to take closet overflow items

With the cold and snow keeping us indoors, it may be time to think about emptying out your closets, attics, and basements. While de-cluttering various rooms in your home, bag up gently-used clothing, the new garments with the tags that you will never wear, and the outfits that looked stylish when you bought them but don’t quite fit anymore.

And, as you go through drawers and cabinets, you may find a few gems of household items that no longer match the décor or linens that aren’t quite compatible with that new duvet cover.

The next step is choosing where to donate all of your items.

The Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Hyannis, the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop in Falmouth and the VNA Thriftique shop in Yarmouth are all options for donating clothing and household items that in turn helps others. All three contribute their proceeds to supporting the two hospitals and the VNA of Cape Cod.

“A lot of people come in and say that the hospital was so good to them and that is why they are donating, said Barbara Marshall, manager of the Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. “We have people who come from Boston and bring their items down here.”

The proceeds from the sales at the shop in Hyannis have benefited the Cuda Women’s Health Center, while the Falmouth shop’s sales contributed to the Clark Cancer Center, according to Marshall. More recently, their proceeds have benefited the emergency departments at both hospitals.

“The VNA Thriftique income supports the many VNA of Cape Cod programs including the Hospice & Palliative Care program,” said Jeanne Sarnosky, director of marketing, provider and community relations for the organization.

One of the more painful tasks in the grieving process is giving away or getting rid of a loved one’s clothing and possessions, according to Rick Bickford, LICSW, bereavement support counselor with the VNA of Cape Cod, Hospice & Palliative Care.

thriftique team

VNA Thriftique, (taken by Jeanne Sarnosky) from front to back: Carol Kindle (manager) Jim Cotton, and Jesse Kirshman

“Thrift shops are wonderful places to donate things,” he said. “People often feel much better when they know that their loved one’s clothes, especially, are going to shops that are helping others.”

While the shops differ from one another in size, they all offer a unique experience. You may be surprised to find that perfect outfit, decorative item or piece of furniture that you have been searching for and at a great price. And, while patrons take their time perusing all the areas of treasures, the volunteers stand ready to help in any way they can to make the process of shopping and donating seamless.

At the Hyannis shop and the Thriftique in Yarmouth, donors can drive to the back of the shops to deliver their items. Volunteers stationed at the door will help unload your car.

In Falmouth, Marshall requests that donors call ahead to make sure they can accept their donations on the day they want to come. Volunteers can assist with bringing donations into the shop if necessary.

Items the shops will accept:

  • Clothing, gently used, clean and can be brought to the shop in bags, hangers or boxes. The Thriftique uses their own hangers and prefers clothing be delivered in boxes or bags but they won’t turn clothing away on hangers.
  • In addition to spring and summer clothing, they are accepting winter clothes to stockpile for next winter.
  • Purses and shoes
  • Small to medium furniture such as end tables, TV stands, coffee tables, and file cabinets.
  • The Thriftique accepts larger pieces of furniture and antiques but the donor has to bring them to the store.
  • Linens and housewares

Those who want to donate medical equipment have three options:

  1. Many of the Cape Councils On Aging will accept walkers, canes, and shower chairs. Contact the COA in your town to inquire if they accept these items.
  2. Pass It On in Mashpee is a non-profit that accepts medical equipment and then donates it to children in need under the age of 22. They will pick it up at your home. They do not take hospital beds.
  3. REquipment Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program accepts donations of gently used durable medical equipment. These include power and manual wheelchairs, scooters, portable ramps, sling lifts, tub benches and shower chairs, rollator-type walkers, bed rails and more. They do not accept hospital beds. They are a non-profit organization based off-Cape but will come to your home to pick up your donation.

All three of the Cape Cod Healthcare thrift shops are open Tuesday through Saturday. If you are looking for fun places to volunteer and shop while you work, these shops can use your help.

Further information is available for each shop by calling or going to their website or Facebook page.

  • Cape Cod Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop: 508-775-3031 or website
  • Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop: 508-457-7799 or Facebook page
  • VNA Thriftique: 508-398-2759 or website or VNA Facebook page for weekly sales

[Above Featured Photo: Falmouth Hospital Auxiliary volunteers left to right, Barbara Marshall (manager) Cathy Carpenter and Jeanne McDonald]