The greatest Thrift Store anywhere!
A huge double wide with 2 floors (3rd floor open every first Saturday) filled to the brim with a constantly changing inventory of awesomeness.
Philadelphia AIDS Thrift is incorporated in Pennsylvania as a non-profit business. We are also a federally recognized 501c3 tax-exempt charitable organization (thanks IRS!). Our goal is to sell the lovely, useful, interesting, amusing, and sometimes mysterious stuff generous people donate to our thrift store and then distribute the proceeds to local organizations involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
.With our most recent round of special grants to twenty-three Philly area HIV service organizations totaling $246,000, we have now surpassed TWO AND A HALF MILLION dollars in total donations to date. Our current total is $2,518, 850.00. We couldn’t have done any of this without our wonderful Shoppers, Donors, Volunteers and Staff. Thanks to everyone who helped us get to $2,500,000 and beyond!
- We are in need of DONATIONS of all sorts. Basically, any re-saleable item in good shape is welcome. See Donations.
- We would not be able to run the store without our VOLUNTEERS. Thinking about joining? See Volunteer.
- And most of all, we need SHOPPERS. Shopping commences every day at 11am, and yes, we are open 7 days a week.
Who we serve.
Historically, our main beneficiary has been the AIDS Fund. The AIDS Fund distributes money to twenty-one AIDS agencies in the five county Philadelphia region. They pass on the money we give them every month with NO administrative costs taken out. They also organize the Philadelphia AIDS Walk every October and the monthly Gay Bingo fundraiser throughout the year. Thanks, AIDS Fund!
More recently, however, we have shifted to distributing most of the money we raise ourselves. We now do a round of special grants annually. Our board reviews and awards grants to local organizations who have applied to us for help funding ongoing programs and special projects. Our grants in the 2017/2018 cycle totaled $186,000.00, Interested organizations should click in the “Grants” tab at the top of the page for more information on applying for our upcoming grants.
AIDS Fund provides emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease and organizations providing HIV services in the Greater Philadelphia region, while providing education and increasing public awareness of HIV/AIDS issues. AIDS Fund is also the Philadelphia affiliate of The Names Project, curating panels of The AIDS Memorial Quilt for a local audience. The Annual AIDS Walk Philly takes place on the third Sunday in October.
AIDS Fund’s mission is to educate about, and increase public awareness of, HIV/AIDS and to provide emergency financial assistance to people living with HIV disease and organizations providing HIV services in our communities. In 1987, volunteers from Philadelphia’s lesbian and gay community center, Penguin Place, organized a Walk-A-Thon to support area AIDS agencies and raise public awareness about the disease. Philadelphia’s first AIDS Walk raised $33,000. Since then, thousands of fundraising walkers have gathered each year to participate in the region’s largest annual HIV/AIDS public awareness and fundraising event. To date, the regional AIDS Walk has raised almost $16.7 million for HIV/AIDS public awareness, prevention, and care services for people living with HIV disease.
Since its founding in 1989, AIDS Fund has expanded its activities beyond the annual AIDS Walk to include the popular monthly fundraiser GayBINGO, which has gained national recognition through a WHYY documentary that aired on PBS stations nationwide; Black-Tie GayBINGO, a more formal version of our monthly event which features a silent auction, dinner, dancing, and, of course, GayBINGO; Workplace Giving Campaigns, which provide employees an easy way to contribute to the fight against HIV/AIDS through payroll deductions; a Holiday Toy Drive which collects and distributes toys to children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS; and numerous public awareness projects including the “AIDS in Philly” video series and 1981-Until It’s Over… multimedia display and sidewalk timeline. AIDS Fund also produces a variety of smaller events and public awareness activities throughout the year.
Since its founding, AIDS Fund has remained committed to the philosophy that by coming together, each individual can make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in our community. AIDS Fund volunteers, donors, and corporate sponsors are valued for their compassion and their response to the AIDS epidemic.