Assistance League Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn

Calendar of Special Events

2018 Special Events

Jan. 23 Clocks and Copper
Feb. 6 Classic Leather Handbags: Coach and Dooney&Bourke.
Feb. 13 Pioneer Days & Western Roundup
Feb. 27-Mar. 3 Winter Semiannual Sale
Feb. 27-Mar. 1 All merchandise ½ price
March 2 All merchandise $2.00
March 3 Fill a bag $5.00
March 6 Spring Merchandise
March 20 Easter Merchandise & Silver
April 3 Take Me Out to the Ball Game
April 17 Asian Handicrafts
May 1 Hawaiiana and Swimwear
June 12 Disneymania
June 26 Grandmother's Attic
July 17 Christmas in July
August 14 Vintage Jewelry
Aug. 21 Sports-a-Rama
Sept. 4-8 Summer Semiannual Sale
Sept. 4-6 All Merchandise ½ price
Sept. 7 All Merchandise $3.00
Sept. 8 Fill a bag $7.00
Sept. 11 Fall Merchandise
Sept. 18 Asian Handicrafts
Sept. 25 Halloween Merchandise & Costumes
Oct. 9 Cashmere
Oct. 23 Sterling and Silver Plate
Nov. 6 Thanksgiving Merchandise & Ski Clothing
Nov. 13 Christmas Merchandise
Nov. 20 Quirky Christmas Sweaters
Dec. 4 Holiday Attire and Rhinestone Jewelry

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3521 Golden Gate Way, Lafayette, CA 94549 (925)284-4781
Tue-Sat: 10 a.m-4 p.m



The primary fundraiser is the chapter owned/member operated thrift shop:

History of Assistance League Thrift Shop

    In August of 1978, Assistance League of Diablo Valley purchased the historical building in Lafayette known as the Way Side Inn from Shirley Medau for $120,000. Revenue the first year was $30,604.
    In 1980 a costume rental section was added. Customers were plentiful and sales were increasing. All that turned to ashes with a fire in the building on November 25, 1980. Within two months a location was found to open temporarily and the thrift shop was back in business.
Assistance League Thrift Shop reopened at the Way Side Inn in just over a year. In    1994 the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Way Side Inn building was held with a community open house. In 2007 the difficult decision was made to discontinue costume rentals. In the space once utilized by costume rental, there is now more room for small furniture, books and art work.
    Sales continue to grow each year. This success is due to the teamwork of the many members who contribute their time and effort. The quality of the merchandise at bargain prices, and careful attention to displays and maintenance, creates an inviting atmosphere that brings customers back time and again. Assistance League is grateful for the support of the community and counts on the generous donations and regular shoppers to continue its successful history.

Assistance League Thrift Shop

3521 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-4781
Tuesday-Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM

Funds from Assistance League Thrift Shop are used to support Assistance League of Diablo Valley's philanthropic programs. Located in a historic building in Lafayette, CA the shop offers a broad selection of carefully chosen and displayed items.

Special events and sales are scheduled throughout the year. There are regular half price sales, and semi-annual fill-a-brown bag sales. Special event sales include silver, dolls, Hawaiian, vintage, cashmere, quilts, ski, Christmas, Western, etc. A customer e-mail list is sent to announce these events. To be added to this mailing list, please contact us at:


The shop is staffed by chapter members who receive, sort, price, display and sell donations.

Donations of gently used clothing, toys, small furniture, housewares, collectibles, linens and books are welcomed during business hours, Tuesday through Saturday 10:00AM to 4:00PM.

Assistance League may elect to resell your items in another venue such as on-line auction sites, event auctions if the organization believes that the donation will produce a higher return to the chapter by doing so. Regardless of how the items are sold, the proceeds will be used for the same philanthropic purposes as if sold in the Way Side Inn Thrift Shop. The chapter also reserves the choice of selling just quality merchandise and recycling less quality donations in the most appropriate venue.

For further information, or to obtain a map and descriptions of Contra Costa County non-profit thrift shops:

TS Trail Guide 2017
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