The idea for a campus thrift store had circulated for some time, garnering interest but little support, until WFI took the lead in developing a plan for it in 2004. A thrift store on campus provides a unique and powerful opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship—planning, starting and running a retail business to serve the Smith and Northampton communities—and philanthropy. Profits from SmiTHrift sales will be donated, based on the recommendations of a campus advisory panel, to organizations benefiting women and children in Northampton and the Pioneer Valley. SmiTHrift is comprised of a group of student volunteers committed to creating a viable business plan and locating space on the campus to open a retail outlet. Student volunteers meet regularly to sort through the many donations from faculty, staff and students, as well as coordinate and publicize events.
Volunteers and Donations
SmiTHrift is always looking for volunteers. To get involved or to make a donation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
SmiTHrift held its annual fall sale Family Weekend, Saturday, October 25, 1-3 pm, Lower Level of the Campus Center. The club had another succesful weekend of selling used clothes, accessories, and books to Smithies and their visiting families!
PHOTOS FROM THE 2014 FAMILY WEEKEND SALE
Photos by Lujun Jian '17, WFI Intern
2014-15 Board Members
Jenny Park '18
Beverly Lipsey '18