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McLean's Treasure Trove: Fun and Fundraising

McLean's thrift store is looking for volunteers who love shopping and having fun. Proceeds benefit Inova Fairfax Hospital.

 

Wanted: Volunteers.  Shopaholics welcome.

McLean’s Treasure Trove is seeking volunteers to help run the Chain Bridge Road thrift shop, where all proceeds benefit Inova Fairfax Hospital. A nonprofit, the store has been in McLean for more than 50 years and in its current location since September 2008.

Treasure Trove accepts and sells apparel, accessories, home decor, small furniture, china, stemware, kitchen goods, seasonal items, books and other household items. It accepts both donations and consignments, and new merchandise arrives daily.

“It’s a very, very unique opportunity for us,” said store Manager Geri Shaw. “And what we find is we get a wonderful combination of merchandise, and it’s amazing to watch. We get donations that come in, people that come in and donate, and they say, ‘Oh, look at that, I didn’t know you took that,’ or ‘I have some things like that. I’ll bring them back another time.’ And they bring us a donation in a particular category.

“We’ll have a consigner that comes in and says, ‘Oh, look at that, I have some of that at home. I’ll bring it in and consign it.’ Meanwhile, the customer’s coming in, and the customer’s responding to that, saying, ‘Wow, look at this, I love this stuff, and you have lots of it.' "

Proceeds from the shop, along with funds from Treasure Trove’s other locations in Annandale and Springfield, as well as hospital gift shop income, paid for a third of the cost for the hospital to purchase a $1 million pediatric ambulance. The ambulance has a 600-mile range, is a fully equipped pediatric emergency unit and is painted in bright colors. A poster of the ambulance hangs on the thrift shop’s first floor.

The store has only two paid staff members, who rely on volunteers to keep the shop in business. There are about 35 volunteers at the McLean location, Shaw said.

Stephanie Causey, assistant manager, said volunteers are rewarded by the satisfaction they get by doing something important for their community and for the hospital.

“They’re allowed to consign,” Causey said. “I know that they have a lot of fun. And for many of them, this is a social setting for them, because there’s socializing that takes place while they’re here. It allows them to be a part of something—they’re like a team.”

Kathy Bond has been volunteering at Treasure Trove for two years. “I’m not working any longer, and it’s just fun,” Bond said. “Everybody here is nice, and we get great bargains, and it’s just fun.”

Volunteers must be at least 15 years old and be able to volunteer for at least four hours a week. To volunteer, call the shop at 703-356-8704 or drop by at 1317-B Chain Bridge Road to pick up an application.

Donations are accepted anytime the store is open, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Consignment appointments are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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