About the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop
To obtain, acquire, and possess by gift or other method new and used articles of personal property, materials and goods of all kinds and descriptions; to repair, and sell or dispose of such items; and to pay over the net proceeds from the sale and disposition of such merchandise to the Ann Arbor Public Schools, Parent Teacher Organizations of the Ann Arbor Public Schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations exclusively benefitting the Ann Arbor Public Schools, in order to further the charitable purposes of those organizations; and all other activities in connection with the foregoing purposes allowed under this act.
How profits support school groups
In support of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop mission, profits from sales are distributed to participating AAPS school PTOs, PTSOs, and 501(c)(3) supporting clubs, organizations, teams, and student enrichment activities in their schools. Fundraising support from the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop is based on participation — we rely on the support of school PTOs and their communities for our inventory and promotion. The more they participate with us, the more they earn. Fundraising proceeds based on events, sponsorships and/or promotions in support of the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop are distributed to member PTOs throughout the school year, beginning in September and continuing until June.
The Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Michigan Non-Profit Corporation on December 7, 1993. Modeled after the PTA Thrift Shop of Chapel Hill, NC, this business was established as an alternative fundraising option to merchandise sales used by parent groups to raise money.
In 1994, a group of parents held the first sale in the cafeteria of Tappan Middle School. This start-up sale netted $5,000 which provided the seed money for the organization, as well as the first donations to participating school PTOs.
Since its inception, the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop has rented space in several locations in Ann Arbor, and today occupies over 18,000 sqf at 2280 S. Industrial, in an area known as south-east Ann Arbor’s “Re-Sale Row.”
Today, the shop takes donations and sells items 7 days a week and employs over 26 full-time and part-time employees, including a Director of Promotions & Communications, a Shop Manager and Assistant Managers.
The successful operation of the shop also relies on the dedicated work of volunteers from the Ann Arbor Public Schools who provide year-round promotional support in the AAPS community.
The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Comments, compliments, or concerns? Contact our Director of Promotions & Communications: firstname.lastname@example.org