Dollar Academy Thrift Shop

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The Dollar Academy Thrift Shop is located underneath the Prep School, and offers a sustainable and quality stock of pre-owned uniform and clothing for sale.

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Opening Times

The Thrift Shop opens during term time on the 2nd Saturday and 4th Wednesday of each month, from 9am – 12noon.

The Thrift Shop will be open on:

  • Tue 28 June: 12:30 – 3pm (DROP OFF ONLY)
  • Thurs 7 July: 10am – 3pm (DROP OFF ONLY)
  • Sat 6 Aug: 9am – 12pm
  • Tue 16 Aug: 12pm – 4pm
  • Wed 17 Aug: 12pm – 4pm

Drop-offs can be made during the school holidays, in the School Library (Mon – Fri 9-4).

Please note we are no longer operating a drop off point at Dollar Hive. 

We are currently looking for new volunteers. Pop in and chat to us on one of our open days or contact us on dathriftshop999@gmail.com for more information.

Items For Sale

The Thrift Shop sells the following, good-quality ‘pre-owned items’:

  • School Uniform – Blazers, Kilt Skirts, Tunics, Ties, Hats, Scarves & Trutex Jumpers.
  • Sports Kit – Rugby Shirts, Hockey Tops, Tracksuits, Mid Layers, Quint Tops, Skorts, Hockey Sticks.
  • Dollar Academy accessories – Golf Umbrella, Water Bottles, Golf Balls, Christmas Baubles.

Items No Longer Taken:

  • Dress Kilts and Accessories
  • Navy Jumpers (Except Trutex)
  • Boys Long Trousers
  • Footwear including socks
  • White Shirts and Blouses
  • Cricket Kit
  • Tour Kit

How it operates

Pre-owned items are accepted for sale by the Thrift Shop provided they are current, clean and in good condition. All blazers must be dry cleaned. We reserve the right to recycle items deemed unfit for sale.  The price allocated to an item is dependent on the condition.  The amount received for an item of value £10 or more is split between the seller (80%) and the Thrift Shop (20%).  Items of value under £10 will be donated to the Thrift Shop.

You can set up an account by emailing us at dathriftshop999@gmail.com. You will then be allocated an account number.  If an item on your account sells for £10 or more then 80% of this money will be transferred directly to your bank account. We may contact you for bank details if you have not already provided them.  We aim to transfer money on a timely basis normally within 2 months of the sale. During school holidays this may take longer as we need to wait for the next Thrift open day in case of returns.

Items are held for a maximum of three years.  After this time, unsold items are withdrawn and recycled with proceeds going to various charities.

Buyers can take items “on approval” (i.e. pay for them but have the right to return them at the next Thrift Shop opening day if they are unsuitable).

Payment can be made by credit/debit card or Apple Pay.

Note: Stock levels depend on donations and it is highly unlikely you will fulfill the full uniform requirement in one visit.

Thrift Shop Profit

Thrift Shop profits are gifted to the school and used to enhance both the curricular & co-curricular activities of as many pupils as possible.

To date, the Thrift Shop has raised over £14,000 and donations have included:

  • 18 Tents for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
  • Badminton Nets
  • 3 Sand Pits
  • Football Equipment
  • 24 Lab Coats for Junior Science lessons
  • Sanding machine for Guitar Club & EDT
  • Table Tennis table for McNabb & Tait House
  • Musical Instruments for Prep & Junior Teaching
  • 5 – A-Side Goal Posts for McNabb & Tait House
  • Refurbishment of Pipe Band Bass Drum Leopard Skin

To find out more about DAPA (Dollar Academy Parents’ Association) click here