I have a friend who is always wearing the cutest jeans, and it seems every time I ask where she’s gotten them, her answer is the same: “The thrift store!” She’s referring to the Westfield Service League Thrift and Consignment Shop, and trust me when I say it’s much more than a thrift store.
The WSL shop is located on Elmer Street, where it has been operating since 1968 (how many stores can you say that about?!). The first floor looks much like a typical thrift shop–an eclectic array of donated housewares, apparel, jewelry, antiques. board games, toys, and more fill two rooms of this former colonial home. I had poked in here several times before realizing that there is an entire consignment section of higher-end apparel and accessories upstairs.
Name-brand clothing in impeccable condition is displayed on the second floor. In fact, the consignment section won’t accept any merchandise that originally retailed for less than $13. You’ll see brands like Seven jeans, Coach handbags, and other sought-after names. People who consign items through the shop get 50 percent of the sale price. If you’re interested in consigning some of your like-new items here, you can bring your merchandise in for inspection on Tuesdays from 12-1 pm or Saturdays from 9 am – 3:30 pm.
The Westfield Service League was started in 1932, and its original mission was to provide aid for local residents suffering the effects of the Great Depression. Besides running the Thrift and Consignment Shop, today’s WSL members also stock the food pantry at Holy Trinity Church, deliver for Mobile Meals of Westfield, and volunteer with the Westfield Rescue Squad. For more information, visit https://thewestfieldserviceleague.wordpress.com/.
The Thrift and Consignment Shop is located at 114 Elmer Street. Hours are Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm (Thursday open until 6 pm), and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; closed Sunday and Monday. The shop operates from September to June only. So head on over and score some fabulous finds! Your wallet will thank you!