PTA Thrift Shop cuts ribbon on redeveloped complex

October 25, 2013 

The PTA Thrift Shop has two resale stores in Chapel Hill and Carrboro that sell a range of donated goods and treasures from clothing to furniture. From left, Dawn Ruston, Community Building Campaign Co-Chair; Valecia Jones, PTA Thrift Shop Director of Operations; Barbara Jessie-Black, PTA Thrift Shop Executive Director; Gill Hare, Community Building Campaign Co-Chair; and Jay Parker, PTA Thrift Shop Board Chair.


CARRBORO A community redevelopment project three years in the making is one step closer to having built its future.

The PTA Thrift Shop, in conjunction with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, held the ribbon cutting for the redeveloped Carrboro store complex this month.

“Our ribbon cutting was a huge milestone in our redevelopment journey,” said executive director Barbara Jessie-Black. “This community has truly built our future, and we are so grateful for their time and donations.”

The new store complex is slated for a Dec. 2 opening. The redeveloped site consists of 14,000 square feet of retail space, donation drop-off site, processing and administrative offices with an additional 8,000 square feet dedicated to lease space, 100 percent of which is currently leased by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Head Start.

With the assistance of Organizational Solutions (OS, Inc.), the PTA Thrift Shop has raised nearly $440,000 toward its $1 million Community Building Campaign Goal for the redeveloped store. Gill Hare and Dawn Ruston, community building campaign co-chairs and school district parents, continue to encourage Chapel Hill and Carrboro residents, school parents, local businesses, and foundations to invest in an organization whose mission has been to give back to the community.

“The new store is one step closer to opening—but the PTA Thrift Shop still needs our support—now more than ever,” said Hare. “When you drive by the new building, remember that this is an organization that employs people in our community, donates $265,000 to our school system annually, and provides nearly $100,000 worth of coats and clothes for community members in need. Now, that is a high-impact mission!”

The PTA Thrift Shop is continuing to offer a variety of giving options to support the project, including on-site naming opportunities, $500 brick pavers that will be placed at the front entrance, and a $12x12 campaign (a donation of $12 for 12 months). The organization will hold its annual Birthday Bash fundraiser on Jan. 31 via its website in mid-November. For more information on how to help, visit

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