About Thrifty

East End Community Thrift Store (Thrifty)

The East End Community Thrift (Thrifty) is an all volunteer-run thrift shop in the Garfield neighborhood of Pittsburgh. We provide quality and low-cost used clothing and household goods to the surrounding community since our inception in 1993.

Thrifty gives a portion of all donated clothing received to people who are served at homeless shelters, half way houses, and low income supported housing arrangements. We do this by providing clothing vouchers to established nonprofits who then distribute them to their clients and participants.  Over the past two decades, Thrifty has worked with over one hundred area homeless programs to offer their residents vouchers to shop free for items they need for themselves and their families.  

Thousands of homeless and low-income community members have benefitted from the good work of over twenty Thrifty volunteers who regularly dedicate their time, resources and attention to helping others thrive in the face of adversity.  Senior citizens from The National Urban League (formerly AARP) are an integral part of Thrifty, overseeing many of the daily operations at the store.  We are a community service site for many nonprofit organizations, such as Renewal and Sojourner House


We are always looking for volunteers at Thrifty!  If you can volunteer your time and strength (or have gently used donations), please call us and ask for Shirley or Shauna.  You can also email or stop by when we are open. Please add your heart and your hands to our mission of care and service to neighbors in need.  


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    Good Will Industries has a store on the South Side that refurbishes out of date computers.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.
  9. We appreciate your donations more than you know! But please do not leave donations outside the door if Thrifty is closed!
  10. If you call in advance, we can assist you when you drop off your donation.

Address: 5123 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15224

Phone: (412) 361-6010

Fax: (412) 361-0540

After hours and weekends (Shauna): (412) 721-6811



Hours:Tuesday through Friday – 10 am to 4 pm
Saturday – 12pm to 4 pm

Sunday and Monday – Closed

















Sametta Richter, Shirley Gleditsch

In the photo below 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.


Sametta Richter, Shirley Gleditsch