Thriftique to Celebrate National Thrift Shop Day on Saturday, August 17th; Shoppers Will Enjoy Free Food, Games, Prizes, and Savings

Pittsburgh, PA, August 15, 2013 – Thriftique, a thrift store in Swissvale operated by the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section, has a fun-filled day planned for shoppers on Saturday, August 17th in celebration of National Thrift Shop Day. In appreciation of their customers, whose purchases support NCJW’s community service programs, Thriftique will serve free hot dogs and treats, run games of “Thrift Store Bingo” with big prizes for the winners, give away fun and valuable door prizes, and slash prices on merchandise from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Thriftique staff will serve free hot dogs, chips, and other summer treats from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Visitors can participate in a game of “Thrift Store Bingo,” which will have them searching for zany thrift shop items like a “Fiddler on the Roof” and a “Tiny Sombrero” hidden throughout the store. Games will begin at 10:00am, 12:00pm, and 2:00pm, and winners will receive Thriftique gift certificates valued at up to $50.00. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter to win fabulous door prizes. Shoppers will also save big on their purchases all day, with all merchandise in the store on sale at 50% off the original price.

“We want this event to be a reward for all our customers in the community who visit our store and support our mission with their purchases,” remarked Thriftique’s manager, Debbie Teese Olszewski. “We want Thriftique shoppers to know that we appreciate their support all year long,” added Lynn Tomasits, NCJW’s Director of Retail Operations. “They help NCJW provide paid internships for young women leaving foster care, and women in recovery who need work experience, as well as funding for all the programs NCJW operates in our area, such as the Children’s Rooms in the Courts and the new Center for Women.”

Thriftique is located in the Swissvale Shopping Center at the corner of Monongahela Avenue and Church Street in the heart of Swissvale, just minutes off Parkway East. Shoppers using public transportation can reach the center on routes 61B and 71.

The thrift store offers a large selection of gently used clothing and shoes for men, women, and children, as well as furniture, housewares, electronics, books, linens, and much more. The store is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and Saturdays from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Donations are accepted at the rear of the building Monday through Friday between 11:00am and 4:00pm, and a truck is available for furniture donation pick-up; donors can call the store at 412-271-0544 to schedule an appointment. For more information about Thriftique, visit

Thriftique is a social enterprise of the National Council of Jewish Women, Pittsburgh Section (NCJW). NCJW is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms. NCJW also operates Home Consignments, a furniture and decor consignment store in Swissvale, and Designer Days Boutique in Squirrel Hill, which sells women’s designer clothing and accessories on consignment. All of our retail establishments serve to fund our community service programs and advocacy efforts; specifically, our work toward improving women’s economic independence and security in our region.

Since our founding in 1894, NCJW Pittsburgh Section has provided a safety net for women, children and families in need, establishing pioneering programs to meet unmet needs: the first free kindergartens and penny lunch program, resettlement support for newly arriving refugees, the program that would eventually become Headstart and so much more. We have rallied – and continue to rally — for reproductive choice the protection of women and children from all forms of abuse and for laws, policies and practices that improve the economic independence of women. Today, NCJW’s nonsectarian community service projects include programs like the Suit Yourself Voucher Program which provides free business clothes to low-income individuals re-entering the workforce, Children’s Rooms in the Courts which are a safe, fun environment for young children while their parents/caregivers tend to family court matters and Silent Witness Initiative that raises awareness of domestic violence.

For more information on NCJW Pittsburgh Section, please visit or call 412-421-6118. For more information about NCJW, visit


By: Morgan Drain

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