Today’s Shopping Source at Yesterday’s Prices

Welcome to Stop-n-shop

Downsizing? Remember to donate reusable items ie kitchenware, tools, knickknacks, jewelry, linens, furniture, home decorations, clothing & accessories to the Senior Centers Stop‘n Shop.

Hours are 7 days a week, 10am to 4pm.

On Sale Now

  • April 11th to April 17th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Green Tag Clothes ONLY.
  • April 18th to April 24th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Green Tag items.
  • April 25th to May 1st, 2014 50% off last marked price of scarves, belts and shoes.
  • May 2nd to May 8th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Green & Tan Tag items.
  • May 9th to May 12th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Yellow Tag Clothes ONLY.
  • May 13th, 2014 Membership Tuesday
  • May 14th to May 15th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Yellow Tag Clothes ONLY.
  • May 16th to May 22nd, 2014 50% off last marked price of Yellow Tag items.
  • May 23rd to May 29th, 2014 50% off last marked price of fabric pieces & pillows.
  • May 30th to June 5th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Yellow & Green Tag items.
  • June 6th to June 9th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Blue Tag Clothes ONLY.
  • June 10th, 2014 Membership Tuesday
  • June 11th to June 12th, 2014 50% off last marked price of Blue Tag Clothes ONLY.

Weekend Volunteers Needed!

Employee with coatEmployee in the shelves

Volunteers needed to staff the Stop ‘N Shop. Contact Aylene at 206-932-4044206-932-4044 Ext. 7 or aylenek@seniorservices.org.

The Little Store That Could

Seniors earn their own way!

by Johnny Strachan

Glittery fish“During the 1980’s we were receiving so many donations of clothing, furniture, TV’s, you name it, that we ran into a storage problem here at the West Seattle Senior Center. We didn’t have space for even one more item!”

West Seattle Director Karen Sisson is a whirling dervish directing Center staff, over-seeing budgets, and counseling members but I have her attention for a few minutes to get the story on the highly successful Center run thrift store STOP ‘N SHOP.

“Then I noticed there was a small vacancy in a building across California Avenue so I  called the building owner and asked if we could use the space for free until he found a  tenant?  He said ‘why not’ so we hauled all the donations across the street, put up a sign  and declared ourselves in the retail business.  It really was a move to free up space in our  building and, maybe, to make a few dollars for our senior’s operation."

Karen smiles at the memory of that beginning, “We really had no idea how successful the shop would become, and how much it would contribute to our operating budget – especially in these times of crucial government cutbacks!”

“With senior volunteers staffing the store and all goods being donated we made a net profit the first year of $12,000., and felt successful. Well, neighbors kept donating and sales increased to the point we needed more space so after a few years we moved back across the street dedicating our own California Avenue frontage to an expanded store.”

kick knacksNow Karen’s smile becomes a full-fledged grin, “We’ve finished 2012 with an $163,000 gross sales!  Most of our West Seattle neighbors browse STOP ‘N SHOP when they’re looking for bargain buys.  Without that income we would have to cut back on many services that are so crucial to over a thousand members, and an additional 2 thousand participants  who count on us as an integral part of their senior years.  And that in-house generated income played a big financial role when we built our meeting room, Hatton Hall, which holds hundreds for our Senior’s Social Calendar events including dances, concerts  bingo, you name it.”

“We know times are tough right now,” Karen’s smile turns into a determined look, “so, we think 2011 is the year to expand and redecorate STOP ‘N SHOP to further boost future sales. Oddly enough, we are sort of subsidizing the government at this point. But our members are willing, able and eager to pull their weight in the service of their own senior community. STOP ‘N SHOP is a West Seattle treasure that is here to stay!”