In 1964, volunteers opened the first Thrift Shop to help Racine Lutheran High School keep down the cost of Christian education. Maintaining and operating the stores has been a labor of love for hundreds of volunteers donating countless hours for more than 50 years. The accomplishment has spanned generations, and the mission continues today. Donations from the Thrift Shops continue to reach out through ministry to our community and also support the Christian character and education of RLHS students through financial support for equipment, student aid, additions, renovations, and operating expenses at RLHS. Since its inception, many volunteers have dedicated goods and services totaling more than $4 million to support our school.
Donate Goods – We accept clothing, accessories and shoes/boots for men, women and children. We also accept fabric and craft items, bedding and linens, paperback/hardcover books, and clean household goods, such as pots, pans, glassware and flatware. Electrical items, such as curling irons, toasters, frying pans, etc. are acceptable donations, if in good working order.
We do not accept computers or computer equipment, TVs, car seats, cribs, high chairs or strollers. Large items, such as built-in appliances, pianos, sofas, dressers, tables, beds or mattresses, are also not accepted.
Donations are accepted from 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Saturday, at both stores.
Volunteer – Students, parents, grandparents, and friends of RLHS are needed to sort and price merchandise and work in the store. Please consider setting aside a morning or afternoon each month to help our faithful Thrift Shop volunteers serve RLHS and our community.
To volunteer at our Thrift Shops, you may call the store schedulers listed below.
Douglas Avenue Thrift Shop
1455 Douglas Avenue
Racine, WI 53402
Roy Hagen, Manager
Scheduler: Roy Hagen 262.331.0261
Lathrop Avenue Thrift Shop
1222 Lathrop Avenue
Racine, WI 53405
Pat Hellenberg, Manager
Scheduler: Barb Tertel 262.632.1070
Shop – We stock the floor daily with new merchandise. Please support our cause by shopping here first for those special treasures!