pic- Thrifty 20th anniversary cakeEast End Community Thrift

The East End Community Thrift (Thrifty) is an all volunteer-run thrift shop, which provides quality, low-cost, used clothing and household goods, to the surrounding community.  Since its inception in 1993, Thrifty has worked with over 100 area homeless programs to offer their residents vouchers to shop free for items they need for themselves and their families.


We are a community service site for many nonprofit organizations, such as Renewal and Sojourner House.  Senior citizens from The National Urban League (formerly AARP) are an integral part of Thrifty, overseeing many of the daily operations at the store.

This year Thrifty (a super project of the Thomas Merton Center) celebrated its twentieth year of service in the Garfield community. In the photo to the left is dedicated volunteers Alice Wilson, Thrifty Store Manager Shawna Hammond, volunteer Mig Cole (who also helps with bookkeeping at the Thomas Merton Center) and founded and manager Shirley Gleditsch. We are so proud of their kind and supportive work in support of everyone that enters their doors.

IMG_8714Thrifty gives a portion of all the donated clothing that they receive to people that are served at homeless shelters, half way houses, and low income supported housing arrangements. They do this by providing clothing vouchers to established nonprofits who then distribute them to their clients and participants. Over the past two decades thousands of homeless and low-income community members have benefitted from the good work of the more than 20 volunteers who have dedicated their time, resources and attention to helping others thrive in the face of adversity.

Thrifty is always looking for volunteers!  If you can volunteer your time and strength (or have a gently used donation), please don’t hesitate to contact us (ask for Shirley or Dolly) at (412) 361-6010. After hours and on Saturdays, you can reach Shawna Hammond at or by calling (412)721-6811.

We appreciate your donations more than you know! But please do not leave donations outside the door if Thrifty is closed!


WE CURRENTLY HAVE A GREAT NEED FOR WINTER CLOTHES – Men – Women and Children sizes!  Please drop them off at the store – Tuesday through Saturday.

Important Donation Guidelines

  1. Before giving your donation away, think about the reason why you are getting rid of it in the first place. Is it in such bad shape that no-one else would want it either?
  2. Complete computer systems are preferred (monitor, keyboard, mouse included), as well as printers and programs with instruction manuals.
    Good Will Industries has a store on the South Side that refurbishes out of date computers.
  3. Check all clothing for rips, stains, and smells.
  4. When donating baby items, it’s important that safety be the first priority. Please include directions with cribs, car seats, and playpens.
  5. Check books and magazines for ripped, warped pages and mildew smells. Please remove address labels from magazines.
  6. Over-the-counter medications should not be past the expiration date, and beauty products – such as lipstick and rouge – should be new.
  7. Furniture should be in good condition (though minor flaws are okay) and include all parts.
  8. We cannot use the following: paint, hangers, records, or broken electronics.
Thrifty Contacts
Shirley GleditschThrift Store Manager
Shawna HammondThrift Store Manager -After store hours- 412-721-6811
Dolly MasonThrift Furniture Store Manager


5123 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
(412) 361-6010

Working Hours

Tuesday – 10am – 4pm
Wednesday – 10am – 4pm
Thursday – 10am – 4pm
Friday – 10am – 4pm
Saturday – 12pm – 4pm
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed

Current Needs

We currently have a need for winter items – please donate them if you can!

We also need men’s clothing, large and small.