Thrift Stores & Other Special Programs

Thrift Stores

Thrift Stores offering used clothing and other household items, books and magazines at very reasonable prices are available at two sites, Buffalo and Wellsville, in Western New York.

Ladies of Charity of the Diocese of Buffalo, a ministry of service provided by concerned girls and women within the community on a volunteer basis and an affiliate organization of Catholic Charities, operates a used clothing store in Buffalo called Lots of Clothes

Catholic Charities operates a Thrift Store in Wellsville at its expanded pantry and Family and Community Services site.

Lots of Clothes Thrift Store
1122 Broadway, Buffalo 14212  -  Phone: 716-895-4001

Open to the public weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations in good, clean condition of household items, clothes and more are accepted, but you must call ahead to schedule a drop-off time. 

Wellsville Outreach Thrift Store
67 East Pearl St., Wellsville, NY 14895 -  Phone: 585-296-3757

Open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Donations in good, clean condition of books and magazines are also being accepted. Please call to make an appointment to drop off donations. Thank you!


Other Special Programs for Those in Need

Ladies of Charity also sponsors a variety of programs of assistance for those in need.

Among the programs available by referral through a Catholic Charities office are:

  • WNY Holiday Partnership - Ladies of Charity is a partner in the Buffalo News' Neediest program, composed of organizations helping to fulfill the Christmas toy wishes of clients of Catholic Charities and other organizations. Ladies of Charity also contributes funds to purchase toys and materials from which they make enough hats, scarves and mittens to provide a set for each child.
  • Bookbag Program - From August through September, bags and school supplies are provided to those children in need.
  • Clothing Program - Through a referral, clients can "shop" for free in the Lots of Clothes store.
  • Fresh Start - Provides basic household goods, including Dignity Bags, for those who have experienced home displacement for a variety of reasons.
  • Layette Program - Provides basic clothing needs for newborns for new moms in need.
  • First Communion - Through a referral, Ladies of Charity helps to dress children for this special day.
  • Reading Enrichment Program - Members meet monthly at a library or day care center to read to young children in small group settings. Each child is given individual attention to foster language skills; and gets a new book to take home.

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