Thrift shops open for business
MEDFORD — Area thrift shops are open for business and have implemented a number of safety measures, including increased cleaning procedures, social distancing and mask requirements to protect volunteers, employees and customers.
John Vinatieri, president of St. Vincent de Paul Society Medford, said the thrift had made changes to both the shopping and donating aspect of its retail outlet even before Gov. Kate Brown issued a mask requirement that began Wednesday.
“We are taking donations, but ... we have five warehouses that are adjacent to our property — each of them are probably like a three-car garage — and we’re having people bring in donations but we’re directing them to the warehouse area to drop them off,” said Vinatieri.
“We quarantine any donations for at least three days, then we bring them over to the store as needed. So people are able to donate, and we’re appreciative of that, but we are taking precautions to keep everyone safe.”
Vinatieri said the mask rule did not seem to be a deterrent for shoppers who were eager to see the store reopen.
“Everything seems to be running really smoothly,” he said Wednesday, “and, I have to say, we have an incredible number of people coming in,” he added.
“If they really want to come in and shop, the mask isn’t a deterrent. We are requiring masks and doing the required social distancing, but we are back up and running.”
Most thrift stores have shuttered their restrooms and dressing rooms to reduce the chance of spreading the illness, so plan accordingly. Some stores are limiting access to donation drops or types of items they will accept.
At St. Vincent, for example, donation handling is limited due to volunteer numbers.
“Everything seems to be in flux,” Vinatieri said.
“We’ll be doing well, and then suddenly Florida is having problems, or Arizona is having problems, then another spike. A lot of our volunteers are older, and this panics people. We have to be careful with people’s health. We want everyone to be safe.”
Hours and donation locations for area thrift shops:
St. Vincent de Paul
The store, at 2424 N. Pacific Highway, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with plans to expand to five days in coming weeks. Types of donations are not limited, though donations are quarantined for a minimum of 72 hours, and can be dropped off during regular thrift shop hours.
Call 541-772-3828 or see www.stvincentdepaulmedford.info/
Southern Oregon Goodwill locations are open and accepting donations. Shopper capacity in each store is based on square footage of the building.
According to the store website, only shoppers 16 and older are permitted at the As-Is Outlets in Medford and Klamath Falls. The locations are small and function differently than other retail stores.
Donations are being accepted during regular hours but are “contactless” and will require the donor to place donations into a series of bins. Receipts are offered via email. Upholstered or fabric-covered furniture is difficult to disinfect and is not being accepted until further notice.
For information, see www.sogoodwill.org/donate/donate-goods/.
American Cancer Society Discovery Shop
The American Cancer Society’s Medford thrift, 31 W. Sixth St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Store shopping is “business as usual,” according to store clerks, while donations are “by appointment only.”
The store will provide masks for a small fee for shoppers who show up without a face covering.
For more information, call 541-779-8909 or see www.cancer.org/involved/donate/more-ways-to-give/discovery-shops-national/oregon-discovery-shops/medford.html
The ARC Thrift Store
A thrift store run for and by individuals with disabilities, the ARC Thrift Store, 121 N. Central Ave., is open and accepts donations.
For details, call 541-779-3794.
The Salvation Army thrift shop, 922 N. Central Ave., was remodeled just prior to COVID-19. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
For more info, call 541-773-7335 or see https://jacksoncounty.salvationarmy.org/medford/
Thrift Shop by Rogue Retreat
The Thrift Shop by Rogue Retreat, 1116 N. Riverside Ave., is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.
With new safety precautions added, including Plexiglas and social distancing markers, the store is conducting frequent cleanings, and a limited number of customers are permitted in the store at any time.
For details, call 541-499-0067 or see www.rogueretreat.com/thrift-shop/