In short, the Chatham PTA Thrift Shop provides a revenue stream to Margaret B. Pollard PTA, based on thrift shop volunteer hours worked for Pollard. The PTA uses that money to fund field trips, band supplies, sports equipment, teacher supply grants, teacher appreciation activities and more. The Chatham PTA Thrift Shop is our largest income source.

How Does The Thrift Shop Make Money For Pollard?

The Chatham PTA Thrift Shop accepts donations from the public and sells them. Volunteers from the community work for free to keep costs minimal. Each year, Chatham PTA Thrift Shop divides the profits from sales for the past year amongst all qualifying PTAs and awards checks at an annual meeting each September.
  • Schools must have a minimum of 150 volunteer hours logged to qualify for any funds.
  • Each qualifying school will receive a check, 40% of which is an equal share of the profits, 60% of which is based on the number of volunteer hours logged. So, the more volunteer hours a school logs, the larger the check.
  • Currently, Chatham PTA Thrift Shop retains $20,000 from the profits each year for capital funds prior to distributing funds.
  • Since 1983, over $7 million dollars have been given to Chatham County School PTAs!  

How Can You Help?

You can help in a number of ways:
  • Volunteer at Thrift Shop Work Sessions (2 hours). Check out our Volunteer Schedule to see what Work Sessions are scheduled and sign up. Volunteers straighten the store for business the next day.
  • Become a Volunteer Thrift Shop Work Session Supervisor (2 hours, frequency based on your schedule): A 2-hour training session is required before your first Supervisor shift. The Supervisor has a task list to ensure volunteers complete in their Work Session. Contact our Thrift Shop Coordinator for more info at
  • Volunteer during business hours. Contact the store prior to volunteering to ensure they have room for you or drop in and ask if they need you (North Chatham Village/Cole Park 919-969-9457 or Pittsboro 919-542-4070 or Siler City 919-663-2395).
  • Become a trained Sorter. Volunteer during Work Sessions or business hours. A 10-hour training is required, which counts as 10 volunteer hours! A Sorter sorts clothing into prescribed categories prior to sale. Contact our Thrift Shop Coordinator for more info at
  • Volunteer for Special Projects. Each year we have the option to organize a few Special Projects if we have the interest. Contact our Thrift Shop Coordinator for more info at
    • Fashion Show (earn up to 75 hours): Students/Parents/Faculty model Thrift Shop fashions to help advertise and promote the Thrift Shop.
    • Parade Float (earn up to 75 hours): Volunteers prepare, drive and ride on a float designed to help advertise and promote the Thrift Shop.
    • Host a Supply Drive (earn 1 hour for each $7.50 in value of donations): Organize a supply drive for most needed items at the Thrift Shop (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Store Specific Opportunities.
    • Transport trash/recycling to land fill or recycling center.
    • Pick up/deliver items donated or sold
    • Reporting theft
    • Professional Services - Do you have a skill set such as legal services, jewelry/antique/electronics repair or appraisals, contractor work (painting, flooring, plumbing, handyman services, etc.)?
    • Contact the Thrift Shop directly to help with any of these alternate options.

Where Does The Money Go?

Money earned goes to the Margaret B. Pollard PTA General Fund in September of each year. Throughout the year as an incentive, teams, clubs, teachers, etc. can volunteer and once they earn 50 hours, receive $200 from the PTA General Fund. Money earned by clubs, teams and teachers has been used for things like new uniforms, band equipment, Young Author's Awards, etc. Remaining funds are used towards:
  • Teacher Supply Grants (each teacher receives a $250 supply grant every year)
  • Teacher Appreciation events throughout the year
  • Special Budget Requests
  • Technology
  • Field Trips

Thrift Shop Locations

North Chatham Village (formerly Cole Park - behind McDonald's)
11500 US 15-501 North
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
(919) 969-9457
Store Hours: Monday - Saturday 9-7, Closed Sunday
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Pittsboro (Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center)
400 East St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
(919) 542-4070
Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Closed Sunday 
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Siler City (behind KFC/Taco Bell)
201 Chatham Square
Siler City, NC  27344
(919) 663-2395
Store Hours: Monday - Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-6, Saturday 9-5, Closed Sunday 
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