Thrift Stores Volunteers

Thirft Stores

Volunteer Description: Our Thrift Stores have a wide variety of volunteer positions. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Sorting through donations to select saleable items following specific guidelines
  • Place saleable items in various areas as directed
  • Hang clothing on hangers and place on racks for pricing and tagging
  • Discard unsalable items into appropriate bins for recycling
  • Welcome and assist customers in locating items of interest
  • Maintain an attractive and well-organized sales floor by:
    • Helping to sort clothes racks by size and color
    • Working with books, videos and media to make them easily accessible and orderly
    • Creating neat and attractive displays of miscellaneous merchandise and electronics
    • Keeping furniture clean and organized
  • Greet and assist donors in unloading donations from their vehicles
  • Evaluate donated items to determine if they are acceptable and explain donation criteria to donors
  • Thank donors and provide a receipt as needed
  • Sort donations into assigned categories and pack them properly into containers
  • Maintain donation station ensuring it is clean, orderly and safe
  • Load and unload trucks as assigned, including garbage, recycling, and route trucks
  • Test and repair donated electronic items of all types to ensure good working order before placing them on the sales

Skills Necessary:

  • Ability to stand on your feet for extended periods
  • Lift and carry items of various weights and sizes
  • Ability to remain comfortable and focused in a continuously changing environment that requires constant organization
  • No allergies to dust, dirt or pet hair
  • Good customer service skills
  • Flexibility and a desire to be of service to others
  • Retail experience is not required but is a plus
  • Willingness to work outdoors in inclement weather
  • Ability to diagnose and repair small electronic devices and appliances
  • Basic understanding of book classification and genres (ie. crime fiction, science fiction, non-fiction categories)
  • Ability to alphabetize using the English alphabet