About the Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop

 

Celebrating 25 years of supporting Ann Arbor Public Schools students!

1973 – 2018

Mission Statement

We are a local, nonprofit thrift shop promoting equity in our community by supporting Ann Arbor Public Schools’ parent teacher organizations and student activities.

 

Our Vision

A diverse and thriving community in which every Ann Arbor Public Schools student has equitable access to enrichment opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

 

Our Guiding Principles

  1. To strengthen the ability of the Ann Arbor Public Schools to provide a broad spectrum of student enrichment activities.
  2. To maintain safe, ethical and sustainable business practices.
  3. To provide a professional and inclusive work environment.
  4. To create an enjoyable and affordable shopping experience.
  5. To promote service and volunteer opportunities.
  6. To encourage responsible stewardship of the environment.
  7. To respect our community of stakeholders.

 

Our Stakeholders

Ann Arbor Public Schools’ students, parents, faculty and staff;  Ann Arbor PTO Thrift Shop customers, donors, employees and volunteers; and the business and nonprofit communities.

 

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, and teams, for 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.

 

History

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 22,000 sq. ft. at 2280 S. Industrial, in an area known as south-east Ann Arbor’s  “Re-Sale Row.”

Today, the shop accepts donations 5-days-a-week, is open for shopping 7-days-a-week, and employs over 30 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:  a2ptothriftshop@gmail.com

 

Board Members

Kim Lazarz, Chair

Lyn Sleator, Secretary

Kelly Stupple, Treasurer

Lara J. Cooper, Co-Treasurer

June Johnson, Member-at-Large

Tricia Kalosa, Member-at-Large

Claudia Leiby, Member-at-Large

Steve Norton, Member-at-Large

 

Staff

Director of Communications: Alison McCrystal

Manager: Paulette Brown

Accountant: Jenifer Pelham

Business Manager: Colleen Beehler

Assistant Manager: Miles Bruns

Assistant Manager: Caitlyn Wackrow

 

 

 

 

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Contact Information

2280 S. Industrial Hwy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 996-9155

Open for Shopping
M-F: 10am-7pm
Sat: 9am-6pm
Sun: 11am-5pm

Open for Donations*
M, Th & F: 10am-6pm
*CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Sat: 10am-5pm
Sun: Noon-4pm

*We do not accept donations during inclement weather due to spoilage from moisture. Thank you for your understanding.