Assistance League Thrift Shop
3521 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549
History of Assistance League Thrift Shop
In August of 1978, Assistance League of Diablo Valley purchased the historical building in Lafayette known as the Way Side Inn from Shirley Medau for $120,000. Revenue the first year was $30,604.
In 1980 a costume rental section was added. Customers were plentiful and sales were increasing. All that turned to ashes with a fire in the building on November 25, 1980. Within two months a location was found to open temporarily and the thrift shop was back in business.
Assistance League Thrift Shop reopened at the Way Side Inn in just over a year. In 1994 the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Way Side Inn building was held with a community open house. In 2007 the difficult decision was made to discontinue costume rentals. In the space once utilized by costume rental, there is now more room for small furniture, books and art work.
Sales continue to grow each year. This success is due to the teamwork of the many members who contribute their time and effort. The quality of the merchandise at bargain prices, and careful attention to displays and maintenance, creates an inviting atmosphere that brings customers back time and again. Assistance League is grateful for the support of the community and counts on the generous donations and regular shoppers to continue its successful history.
Funds from Assistance League Thrift Shop are used to support Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s philanthropic programs. Located in a historic building in Lafayette, CA the shop offers a broad selection of carefully chosen and displayed items.
Special events and sales are scheduled throughout the year. There are regular half price sales, and semi-annual fill-a-brown bag sales. Special event sales include silver, dolls, Hawaiian, vintage, cashmere, quilts, ski, Christmas, Western, etc. A customer e-mail list is sent to announce these events. To be added to this mailing list, please contact us at: Click here to add your name to the mailing list.
The shop is staffed by chapter members who receive, sort, price, display and sell donations.
Donations of gently used clothing, toys, small furniture, housewares, collectibles, linens and books are welcomed during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
Assistance League may elect to resell your items in another venue such as on-line auction sites, event auctions if the organization believes that the donation will produce a higher return to the chapter by doing so. Regardless of how the items are sold, the proceeds will be used for the same philanthropic purposes as if sold in the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop. The chapter also reserves the choice of selling just quality merchandise and recycling less quality donations in the most appropriate venue.
For further information, or to obtain a map and descriptions of Contra Costa County non-profit thrift shops: