BENTLEY VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP

Introduction/History:  On December 27, 2017, the Bentley Village Thrift Shop moved under the umbrella of the Foundation bringing its dedicated volunteers and a 25 year history of successful operations.  This resident initiative is managed and staffed by a large group of volunteers.  Open only on Fridays, the thrift shop attracts shoppers from within Bentley Village and also savvy bargain hunters from elsewhere in the community.  Proceeds of sales support valuable healthy living activities.

Grants:  Friends of Bentley Village (FOBV) – a Resident Council Committee – routinely accepts and reviews requests for grants from Thrift Shop proceeds and donations made by users of sponsored activities and groups like the Fix-It Shop and the Library.  Final approval of the recommended grant allocations lies with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Retail Hours:  Although volunteers work all week long to support the receipt and resale of donated items, the Bentley Village Thrift Shop, located on the campus of Bentley Village, 2315 Leisure Lane, is open to residents and the general public every Friday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Donations:  Residents may drop goods at the Thrift Shop in a special holding area where a donation form is available.  Donations are sorted, cleaned, priced, displayed and sold by volunteers.  Proceeds of sales fund the activities of over 23 organizations, clubs and other activities in and around the community. Donated items qualify as Federal tax deduction for donors who itemize.

Promotions:  Special Sales are promoted by flyers posted on each building bulletin boards. Featured recently were:

BENTLEY VILLAGE THRIFT SHOP

Humble Beginnings:  Beth Higbee, who moved into Bentley Village over 30 years ago, was a pioneer in the development of today’s highly successful Thrift Shop.  “One Saturday morning over 25 years ago at our weekly resident coffee klatch we talked about existing needs in Bentley, such as a large television for the clubhouse auditorium.” recalls Beth.  “I suggested we sell residents’ unclaimed lost-and-found items to raise money to buy the TV. That first rummage sale raised $7,500, enabling us to buy a $6,000 TV set and install it in the auditorium.  The rummage sales became so popular that soon I was coordinating 4 sales each year to help support our community needs, and the White Elephant Store opened shortly thereafter.  Later it was renamed the Thrift Store and then the Thrift Shop.”

Beth retired from Thrift Shop activities in 2014 after she and a bevy of faithful volunteers had raised nearly $2,000,000 over the years to fund resident initiatives.  We are very grateful to Beth for leading the way to turn an idea into a thriving enterprise that continues to contribute to enriching the lives of Bentley Village Residents.

Bentley Village Thrift ShopOn December 27, 2017, the Bentley Village Thrift Shop moved under the umbrella of the Bentley Village Foundation, bringing its dedicated volunteers and a 25`year history of successful operations.  The Thrift Shop is managed by a skilled and dedicated leadership team and staffed by a cadre of faithful volunteers. Although only open on Fridays, the Thrift Shop attracts shoppers from within Bentley Village and also savvy bargain hunters from elsewhere in the community.

Donations:  Residents may drop donated goods at the Thrift Shop in a special holding area where a donation form is available.  Donations are sorted, cleaned, priced, displayed and sold by volunteers. Proceeds from sales fund the activities of over 23 organizations, clubs and other activities in and around the community. Donated items qualify as Federal tax deduction for donors who itemize.

Friends of Bentley Village:  FOBV is a Resident Council Committee which routinely accepts and reviews requests from a variety of clubs, committees and activities throughout Bentley Village for funding from Thrift Shop proceeds.  Final approval of the recommended funding allocations lies with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Sponsored Programs and ActivitiesThe Thrift Shop finances all of its own operation.  Earnings go to support a wide variety of resident activities that increase the quality and quality of healthy living activities available to residents.  Examples of 2019 activities that were funded from the Thrift Shop proceeds include;

    • Assisted Living – Lifestyle Additional Programs
    • Care Center –  Lifestyle Additional Programs
    • Independent Living – Lifestyle Additional Programs
    • Books for both the Men’s & Women’s Book Clubs
    • Knitting – Charitable Projects
    • Model Trains
    • Art Group
    • Library
    • Plant House / Wildlife
    • Bocce
    • Fix It Shop
    • Bells & Beaus
    • Forum Committee – Speakers/Promotion
    • Literacy & Citizenship
    • Special Awards

Retail Hours:  Although volunteers work all week long to support the receipt and resale of donated items, the Bentley Village Thrift Shop, located on the campus of Bentley Village, 2315 Leisure Lane, is open to residents and the general public every Friday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Promotions:  Special Sales are promoted monthly by flyers posted on each building bulletin boards.

Summer Sales are on! Look for red dots and get 50% off