Here are most of the major thrift stores in the area run by charitable organizations. Several will pick up goods.
American Rescue Workers: An evangelical organization that feeds, houses, clothes and provides work for homeless men.
Sells clothing, household furnishings, small kitchen appliances. Items fixed in their shop. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For pick-up: 336-6200. Locations in the District of Columbia:
1209 Good Hope Road SE, 678-9749.
745 8th St. SE, 543-0070.
2810 Alabama Ave. SE, 581-9724.
3942 Minnesota Ave. NE, 399-8013.
3616 14th St. NW, 722-9624.
4001 S. Capital St., 562-5058.
Amvets: Benefits veterans of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Sells clothing and household goods. Only TV sets repaired. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday. For pick-up in Maryland, Virginia and northwest Washington: 829-3030. Locations:
6101 Georgia Ave. NW, 291-4013.
5944 George Palmer Hwy., Seat Pleasant, 925-4668 (Also, noon-6 p.m., Sundays).
Better Buys Economy Shop: Run by the National Council of Jewish Women.
Sells clothing and miscellaneous items, including books. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 244-9450.
Christ Child Opportunity Shop: A Catholic organization supporting the Christ Child Institute in Rockville, a facility for autistic and emotionally disturbed children, as well as a Maryland camp for inner-city children.
Sells donated clothing and household goods. Also accepts antiques and collectibles on consignment. Pick up by appointment. Hours: 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 1427 Wisconsin Ave. NW (below P Street), 333-6635.
The Closet, Inc.: Run by volunteers from area churches.
Sells clothing for all ages, linens, housewares (no large furniture), books and toys (especially at Christmas). Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. 785 Station St., Herndon, 437-7652.
Deborah's Place Thrift Shop: Run by volunteers from several churches. Provides support services for "women in transition" (for example, those who have been ill or lost their jobs).
Sells clothing, household items, small pieces of furniture. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 1301 14th St. NW, 265-5166.
Family Thrift Shop: A small shop run by the Jewish Council for the Aging.
Sells everything but large appliances and bedding. No pick-up. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (donations accepted until 3 p.m.), Monday-Saturday. 8233 Fenton St., Silver Spring, 588-9010.
Florence Crittenden Bazaar: Helps unwed mothers and disturbed young women.
Sells clothing, furniture, appliances, clothing, housewares, bric-a-brac. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday. 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW, 483-7728.
Goodwill Industries: Provides vocational rehabilitation to handicapped men and women through a job-training program and a sheltered workshop. It has some of the largest thrift stores in the area, particularly at the West Virginia Avenue and Duke Street locations.
More locations carry housewares, clothing, furniture. Used cars sold "as is" (they must be in shape to be driven to the store and away again) at the West Virginia Avenue store, which is also more likely to carry other large items such as office equipment. For pick ups (if furniture is part of the donation) in Maryland and Washington: 635-9200; in Virginia: 549-5005. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Locations:
6814 Laurel-Bowie Rd., 262-0565 ("boutique" carries fancier items).
4813 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, 864-5145.
2011 Viers Mill Rd., Rockville, 279-0977.
1806 Duke St., Alexandria, 549-7424 ("boutique" carries fancier items).
2060 West Virginia Ave. NE, 635-9251.
7129 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, 354-8638.
8735 Flower Ave., Silver Spring, 589-2597.
7842 Richmond Highway, Alexandria, 780-4031.
Hadassah Thrift Shop: Supports the Hadassah Hospital in Israel.
Sells clothing, housewares, small electrical appliances. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday. 934 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, 588-0049.
House of Ruth Thrift Store: Supports House of Ruth, a facility offering room and board to destitute women and battered women and children.
Sells furniture and clothing. Will pick up furniture. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 1413 Park Rd. NW, 232-5009.
Junior League Shop of Washington: A community-service organization that supports a variety of local charities, including Recordings for the Blind, Adventure Theatre, and Children's Hospital.
Sells women's and childrens clothes. Accepts goods on consignment. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday; 6:30-9 p.m., Thursday; 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Saturday. 3037 M St. NW, 337-6120.
Montgomery County Thrift Shop: Run by an association of social service organizations.
Sells clothing, household equipment, antiques, furs, jewelry. Accepts non-clothing items on consignment. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 7125 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, 654-0063.
Montgomery Hospital Thrift Shop: Benefits Montgomery General Hospital.
Sells clothing, jewelry, furniture, books, magazines, bric-a-brac. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday. 2805 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (in front of the hospital, Rt. 108 at King William Drive), Olney, 774-9638.
Opportunity Shop: Associated with St. John's Episcopal Church.
Sells clothing, furniture, household goods, books, toys. Some items accepted on consignment. Hours: 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday; 10 a.m.-4:15 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 4813 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, 654-4999.
Orange Crate Thrift Shop: Benefits the Humane Society.
Sells clothing, appliances, household goods, bric-a-brac. Accepts consignments. Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday and Saturday. Other weekdays, 10-4. 112 West St., Falls Church, 533-9268.
Prevention of Blindness Society Thrift Shop:
Sells men's, women's and children's clothing. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 721 King St., Alexandria, 836-8589.
The Salvation Army: Supports work-therapy programs for alcoholics and other adult-rehabilitation efforts.
All locations but the Bookstore carry clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac. The Bookstore carries used books, magazines, "collectible" jewelry, furniture, bric-a-brac. Pick up: 347-8023 or 347-8089. Hours: 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Locations:
526 1st St. NW, 393-7636.
1375 H St. NE, 396-0916.
Bookstore, 512 1st St. NW, 347-5878.
5210 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 527-1132.
Suitland Parkway and Silver Hill Road, Suitland, 735-4889.
The Thrift Shop: Supports Children's Hospital and four other children's charities.
Sells clothing and books. On consignment, sells antiques, old silver, china and prints. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 2622 P Street NW, 338-8714.
The Thrift Shop: Run by the Service League of Northern Virginia.
Sells clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 5012 Lee Highway, Arlington, 522-1993.
Twig Thrift Shop: Helps support Alexandria Hospital.
Sells clothing, toys, household items. Hours: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. 106 N. Columbus St., Alexandria, 683-5544.
Value Village: Benefits the National Children's Center.
One of the best-organized and most-popular thrift shops for clothing. Also sells furniture and appliances. Pick ups: 261-3868. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday. 4618 14th St. NW, 829-5728.
Village Thrift Store: Run by the Military Order of the Purple Heart for veterans wounded in combat.
Sells clothing, household goods, furniture, appliances, toys. Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Locations:
5834 N. Kings Highway, Alexandria, 960-9759.
4900 Annapolis Rd. (Rte. 450), Bladensburg, 779-9599 (also, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday).