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Did you know that Thrift Shop work group hours during the 2022-23 school year earned us over $30,000!

Thrift Shop is the BIGGEST fundraiser for PES, but only if we have volunteers showing up for workgroups!  Here are ways you can support PES through supporting the PTA Thrift Shops:

1. Volunteer!   Sign up for work groups here:


Or you can call any of the three stores and schedule a time to volunteer. Log your hours in the PES notebook to earn money for our school!


2. Donate!  New or gently used items to any of the three stores.


3. Shop!  Profits from the thrift shop's are distributed to Chatham County PTAs based on volunteer hours.


You can also purchase gift cards at each of the stores. 


And, you can sign up for their new loyalty programs at:

Come out for a work group!  What does a "workgroup" mean? What do you do during a workgroup?

Workgroups start at 5pm or 6pm at the Thrift Store in Pittsboro.  The Supervisor will have a paper issued by the Store Manager at the beginning of the shift which will include the tasks that the Manager needs done that particular night/work session.  Most evenings include a variety of tasks including either adding or dropping particular items in the store. "Dropping" means to clear the racks/shelves.

The most common task that we are asked to do is"elf".  Elfing looks a lot like shopping!  You simply work your way down the rows of the store and straighten the hangers/items so that the racks look orderly. Sometimes an item is only hanging on by half the hanger, sometimes an item is strewn over the top of the rack instead of hung, sometimes has dropped to the floor etc.  Elfing just straightens the racks to get them ready for the store to open the next day.

We also perform minor cleaning tasks if we finish all of the tasks listed by the Manager.  This includes dusting, glass cleaning and sweeping.

The shift is actually fun in that those working in the store are able to chat and socialize while doing their tasks.  It's a great way to get to hang out with and meet other parents.

You also get 50% off any clothes or books that you buy that evening!

Sound like something you could help with?!


Grab a couple friends and spend 2 hours earning money for our school.

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