Maren has been a caregiver to a family member with leukemia.
Inexpensive Goods Supporting Charity
This article lists the shops in Lebanon County, central Pennsylvania, that sell pre-owned clothing and some household goods and are run by a 501(c)(3) registered charity. A few also sell furniture.
It does not include consignment shops that resell items for a modest profit for the owner. The Lebanon area is fortunate to have many thrift shops with high standards and quality merchandise at very low prices!
Locations of Lebanon Thrift Stores
1251 E. Main St., Annville, PA 17003
Christian ministries in PA. and Central America
798 S. 12th St., Lebanon, PA 17042
129 Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042
Lebanon County Humane Society
Jubilee - Lebanon
235 S. 12th St., Lebanon, PA 17042
Christian outreach, especially to prisons
Jubilee - Myerstown
715 E. Lincoln Ave., Myerstown, PA 17067
Jubille - Palmyra
103 N. College St, Palmyra, PA 17078
2211 E. Cumberland St., Lebanon, PA 17042
901 East Main St Palmyra, PA 17078
Route 422 Is "Save Money Road"
Although the eight stores listed in the table below have differing street addresses, five of them, in fact, sit along Pennsylvania Route 422. It's rather amazing. The other three are not very far off this road. That makes it very convenient for a shopper who wants to easily visit more than one of the thrift stores.
The Blue Mountain store is a very large warehouse with a great selection of clothing and goods. It has nice, clean fitting rooms and helpful volunteers and employees. In addition, it is connected to a related furniture outlet which the mission seems to be developing. Although this store is along Route 422, it sits very far back from the road, maybe 200 feet. Therefore, it is helpful to know the general location and to be "on the lookout" as you travel. There is abundant parking in front of the store.
The Goodwill thrift store is one of two along 12th Street in the city of Lebanon. It is in a strip mall with a Weis Supermarket, so there is fantastic parking. The store is well-lit, very clean, and medium-sized. The range of merchandise seemed small for the size of the store, however. Perhaps I visited at a low point or just before a stocking day. In any event, it is well worth a visit.
There is a newly opened Goodwill Thrift store in Palmyra, PA. It is, amazingly, on Route 422. It is large, clean, and worth visiting.
This store benefits the animal shelter run by the society. People gush about this store with good reason: it holds many delicate and wondrous treasures, yet still sells them at thrift store prices. The ambiance is lovely. Obviously, someone with a design and merchandising background lays out the store. There are nooks and crannies with collectibles and jewelry, and a vintage goods room on the second floor. Finally, one medium-sized room feels like a traditional thrift shop with clothing and dressing rooms. Of course, there are always two humane shelter cats in pens waiting to convince a shopper to adopt them. A small parking lot is provided to the side, or one can park on the street or use a free municipal lot 2 blocks away. This store is worth the visit!
This store sits on its own along Route 422 east of the city of Lebanon. It has its own spacious store and well-maintained parking lot. The store comes close in size to the Blue Mountain thrift store and is organized with the same warehouse feel. However, the Salvation Army store has more sunlight and electric lighting—something I appreciate. This store has a very good selection of clothing and copious household goods.
This charity is the dominant one for operating thrift shops in Lebanon (and adjacent counties.) Each of the three shops has its own character, but all have a common feel of a very homey, comfortable touch. Displays are lovingly crafted. The clothing portion is carpeted in all the stores. Following are some slight differences.
- Myerstown—I love the fact that this Jubille store is in the heart of Mennonite farm country. It is attached to an Ace hardware store and shares the parking lot. The parking lot includes a two-buggy parking shed. Yes, we have plenty of horse-and-buggy families in this section of Lebanon County. Therefore, it is natural to have hitching posts. However, the hardware store and Jubilee store very considerately provide a shed with a roof and a shovel and large garbage can. (Must I explain why they are needed?)
- Lebanon—This is the other thrift store on 12th street. The store has its own parking lot which is very small. It also has signs indicating where overflow parking is available. Some of the beautiful and unique features of the 12th Street store are trees in the landscaping, a 2-story building, the inclusion of a local bologna-makers outlet shop (sellling packages of meat which was irregularly cut, but otherwise just as good and yummolicious as the bologna sold in the grocery stores) and a snack bar upstairs. The second floor holds truckloads of used furniture and household goods; the first floor has clothing.
- Palmyra—This Jubilee store is in a former school building, turned sewing factory, turned store. The hardwood floors and stairs give it away. Surprisingly, it also has a bologna outlet and a snack bar. however, its 2 floors are organized differently than those of the Lebanon city store. The Palmyra store has the regular store upstairs and then a bargain basement. Similar items are sold on both stories—perhaps the bargains are older stock. Many items in the basement sell for 60 cents or less!
Shop Hours and Payment Options
|Name||Store Hours||Open Sunday||Credit Cards|
M-F 9:00am-8:00pm Sat 9-6
MC, VI, DS
M-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm Sun 12-5
MC, VI, DS
M-Sat 9:00am-9:00pm Sun 12-5
Thu - Sun 9:00am-3:00pm
M & W 9-5; Tu Thu Fr 9-8; Sat 9-4
MC, VI, DS
Come and visit!
If you live in this area or are visiting, these thrift stores are quite a treat. I hope you will take the opportunity to patronize them.
Photos marked "M.M." copyright 2013 Maren E. Morgan.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2013 Maren Elizabeth Morgan
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on August 24, 2014:
Well, Dolores Monet, the good thing about thrift shops is that there is always something new to consider each time you shop at them. Hope you find all that you want next time you check them!
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on August 20, 2014:
I love thrift stores and have visited a few in your area. I love the Mennonite shop in Ephrata. It's called Re Uzit. I am still kicking myself for not buying some old muslin flour sacks there.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on March 26, 2013:
Green Art, I agree with you - garage and yard sale season will be here soon!
Laura Ross on March 26, 2013:
I've grown to love shopping at thrift stores as they have everything from clothing, home décor, funiture and more. Your hub is full of great places to shop. I frequent the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores along with consignmet shops. When the weather is warmer garage sales pop up and great deals on goods can be found. Voted Up and Interesting.
Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on January 29, 2013:
Hi Jamie, I think it is beautiful - probably because I grew up in PA. I am sure that the beauty of your Texas area inspires many people.
Jamie Brock from Texas on January 28, 2013:
Oh, I love Thrift Stores! I wish I lived more near PA...I couldn't help but notice how beautiful the countryside was on that show Amish Mafia. I guess I will have to settle for the Texas thrift stores for now. Very useful info for those in the area and for me if I ever get to visit! Thank you for sharing :)