Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday Sale

Black Friday (11/28/08) will feature 50% almost the entire store. The only exclusion is the Greater Gift/Bright Hope merchandise we buy from fair trade merchants. Store is open 10am to 6pm.Shop early for the best selection.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Fact or Fiction – you have to be poor to shop in a thrift store?

This is pure fiction. A common misconception is that you have to be poor to shop at thrift stores. This can’t be further from the truth. Now days alot of folks are finding the value of thrift stores. On any given day in my parking lot you find an assortment of high end vehicles. I’m talking Mercedes, Caddie’s, Lexus. How do you think people these afford to drive these nice cars.? They shop smart, and shopping at thrift stores for basic clothing needs is smart shopping. The Good Shepherd Alliance now operates 2 thrift stores in Loudoun County. The older store in Sterling is in the Regal Center Plaza. And our newest store, is now open in Ashburn near the Ashburn Fire Department on Ashburn Road. Both stores feature an eclectic mix of merchandise. While Ashburn’s store is small and features only the best of clothing choices. The Sterling store is bigger and features almost 7000 pcs of clothing on the racks at any given time. Shirts sell for $4 and pants for $6. Add $5 for a pair of shoes and you have a complete outfit for $15. Try doing that in the mall or at Walmart for that matter.
With the state of our present economy, people are looking for the best value for their dollar. There are fewer dollars to go around so one must make each dollar stretch as far as you can.
So to answer the question? No! anyone with money can shop in our thrift stores. Plus we offer vouchers for those that don’t have money, they just need to get a referral from any social services office, church or school.
Two good reasons to shop at our thrift stores. Number one your helping the homeless here in this county. Number two - by shopping the thrift stores your helping to save the planet by recycling.
Think about it, every body wins. We get money to help the homeless, you get to save money and we all help to save the planet.

So before you go out to the mall and your local discount retailer. Check your local thrift store. You will be doing your wallet and the planet a favor.

Antique and Collectible Sale - Not an Auction this year

This sale is being held in Sterling at The Good Shepherd Alliance Thrift Store located at 20921 Davenport Drive Suite 113, Sterling, Va 20165.

Here's a small sampling of things I remember:

  • wedgwood
  • football cards, basketball cards,baseball cards
  • collectible toy action figures
  • Dept 56 Christmas village
  • jewelry - nice costume pieces as well as fine jewelry
  • vintage ladies hats
  • old glass christmas ornaments
  • old sheet music
  • vintage toys
  • Wizard Magazines
  • Little Golden Books
  • Old figurines including glass and ceramic
  • couple of sets of old silverware - nice condition

    This is just a sample of stuff we have. There is something for every collector We are still collecting stuff for this sale.

    Sale is Saturday November 22 2008.

    Doors open at 11am - In fairness to everyone,there will not be any early previews of any of the items.

    Remember proceeds go towards our homeless shelter programs.

    Need additional info call thrift store 703-444-5956 or 703-887-7397 -But don't call about individual items please.

  • Wednesday, October 22, 2008

    Christmas has sprung at Hope's Treasures

    Are you looking for new decoration this year for Christmas and don't want to spend the money? Then I would suggest checking out, our Thrift Stores. I'm getting ready to unload the shed which is full of Christmas stuff. The bigger things will go to Sterling. But you will see some beautiful things in the coming weeks. Stop by often.

    MAry - BTW I'm no spending all my time in Sterling because I have a very capable staff in Ashburn to handle my baby (Hope's Treasures).

    Thursday, September 4, 2008

    1/2 price sale going on now at Hope's Treasures Thrift Store

    Almost everything with a white colored sticker is 50% off this week. The exclusions are jewelry and Serrv items. That means almost an entire wall of merchandise is now 50% off my ticket price. Don't miss this deal it won't last long and these items will be shipped out after sale is over. That sale includes furniture as well. Newer merchandise being put out right now is a different color and it is not on sale. Don't forget that orange barbs on clothing items mean that you only pay $1 for that item. Clothing sale last only though 9/6/08.
    Now the time to start stocking up for Christmas.

    Wednesday, August 13, 2008

    Howard Miller Jennison Clock now at Hope's Treasures thrift store

    This has been sold! Thansk tot he generous buyer.

    This beautiful clock just came to the Ashburn Site. I got this from our store in Sterling. they just didn't have the space to display it right.

    Check this link out and see the specifications for this clock. Then google it and you find out that it retails for around $1200 on sale. Plus shipping.

    Since I'm a thrift store I won't ask. $1200 but I am asking $300. Available to the first person to come in a purchase. It is not eligible for any discounts. It really is a nice piece. this is truely a one of a kind piece for us. You don't see a piece this quality given to a thrift store very often.

    No phone calls please, just stop by and take a look. I'm at 20684 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. Right next to the Ashburn Fire Department in Old Ashburn.

    FYI - this is a wall mounted clock. Make sure you know what your doing before installing this on your wall. It does not sit on a mantel. It has a shaped bottom.


    Saturday, July 26, 2008

    Thanks to the community for the warm welcome

    After being open a week, I can't say thank you enough to the folks in Ashburn who have stopped by to say Hi and welcome to the community. I've gotten a tremendous amount of people who want to volunteer with us.We're finding our way around our new diggs and getting the kinks worked out of our system. so continue bring your items to us. We open for donations everyday at 10 am. We stop taking donations at 6pm ,when we close the store down. Check our home website at for a donation guide. The only difference in what I accept and what Sterling accepts is large furniture. Ashburn doesn't have enough room yet for large furniture items. Those you'll have to take to Sterling.
    Hope to see you soon.

    Thursday, July 17, 2008

    Little Birdie whispered something about taking donations on Friday July 18,2008

    Folks, I have it on good authority that if you bring your donations after 10am on Friday you will be able to drop them in Ashburn. Official date to start taking donation is Saturday July 19th but we have the donation drop off area prepped and ready to take donations in. So bring 'm on.


    Come celebrate my 4 year anniversery with Good Shepherd by visiting our newest thrift store - Hope's Treasures in Ashburn. Located at 20684 Ashburn Road. Ashburn, VA 20147. Store opens at 10 am.
    We will be taking donations on that date as well.
    See ya there.
    Mary Fittro
    Store Manager

    Saturday, July 5, 2008

    Sneak Peak of the new store.

    We're down the homestretch now. Staff has been working to get the new store stocked and organized for grand opening. We will not be open for sales or donations until that date.
    We still have alot of work to do before the dedication of July 15th.
    The long hard year has paid off the store is even more beautiful than I could image.

    Thursday, June 26, 2008

    50% off sale for next 2 days

    We're shutting this location down to move it to our new building. The next 2 days will be big sale days.
    Except for jewelry,Serrv items and Recipes from the Ridge Cookbooks the rest of the store will be at 50% off.
    Yes you heard right 50% off. Remember most items are brand new with tags.
    Friday's hours 11 - 7
    Sat's hours are 9 to 5

    Get there early.

    Tuesday, June 24, 2008

    We're getting close now

    This is the shot I took Monday June 23, 2008 of the our new site. We are on the homestretch now. One more piece of the puzzle needs to be completed in order for us to move Hope's Treasures in it's permanent home. It all goes well, this week will be the last week in the shopping plaza. Watch this blog for news of our move and the resulting sale to come. (You really didn't think I was moving all that stuff in the Hope's Treasures store.)Also look for when we will be able to start taking donations on this site.
    Dedication for the building is scheduled for July 15th. Grand opening is scheduled on July 19th.
    I'll keep you posted.
    BTW - I can't say enough about the Wills Company that owns the shopping center next door for working with us and renting to us for a couple of months. They are a great landlord and have several openings in their plaza.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008

    Stop by and see the new faces.

    There are several new faces at Hope's Treasures as I have gone back to the Sterling store. Stop by and say Hi.
    FYI - One of the advantages to my going back to Sterling is that I pass by Hope's Treasures every day when I check our new property for progress.
    So I'm dropping off bins full of stuff several times a week if not daily. You will want to go more frequently now to see what has just arrived.
    While your there, say hi to Amanda or Crystal.
    Work on the new site is progressing nicely and by this time next month we should be moving the temp Hope's Treasures into it's permanent home next door. Pray that all the trades work swiftly. We're down to the home stretch now and things are looking really good in the new store.
    I'll have pix online in a few days.
    Mary Fittro - Store Manager

    Thursday, May 22, 2008

    Do you want to see where our proceeds go?

    Check this blog just posted by Mark Gunderman, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Good Shepherd Alliance. His article gives you an in depth look at the Six Step program started by GSA years ago. Each guests commits to this program when we take them in for shelter.
    With the raising numbers of homeless individuals and families it is now more important than ever to support non profit organizations that are trying to make a difference.

    Thursday, May 15, 2008

    Harry Potter -complete series for sale now

    I just completed a whole set of hardcover Harry Potter books. I'm selling the entire set at once for $75.00. Why drive all over town looking for the cheapest price when you can buy from us and help support a good cause in the meantime.

    Contact Mary at 703-887-7397

    or email

    Tuesday, May 13, 2008

    See something you like on the blog or website?

    Then email me at and ask about arrangements to ship. I just sold the hot wheels cars to a gentlemen in MA. It was a quick and easy transaction. I go by the post office 2-3 times a week and that's how often I can ship.
    Again email me. It's the quickest way to get hold of me.

    Saturday, May 10, 2008

    Attention Hot Wheels Collector's - I've got Hot Wheels Redliners

    5/12/08These have been sold. Keep your eye out on this blog here for other treasures like this.
    I've gotten in 8 hot wheels redliners. All you Hot Wheels collector's know how rare it is to find a redline (you know the ones that came out in the late 60's early 70's) these are not reproductions or anniversary editions. I am asking $25 each. I'm not taking the time to look each of them up and assign a value. They are $25 each car. Just think you can now justify spending that much money on a toy car. Remember my proceeds go toward the operating expenses for our 3 homeless shelters in this area.
    Check out our website for times when we are open. they are first come , first served. Please ask for them at the counter.

    Thursday, May 8, 2008

    Where are you spending your stimulus check?

    There is no better place to spend you money then at your local thrift or consignment store. Think about it. Think about all the places you shop. Where do their products come from. Thrift and consignment stores get there items from folks here in you local area. These items may come from oversees to begin with ,but now your local resale store reaps the benefit every time you purchase. So before you head out to the mall (and burn all that gas) find a thrift or consignment store near to shop in first. Check you thrift store out make sure it benefits a charity locally.
    Our thrift store and Hope's Treasures both send all proceeds back to The Good Shepherd Alliance whose mission is to help those living in poverty in Loudoun County.

    Friday, April 25, 2008

    Bears, Bears, and more Boyd's Bears

    We just rec’d a whole mess of Boyd’s Bears. They will be priced according to their size. The small ones will be $3 each. Medium size will be $5 each. The larger bears (of which I have 2) will be $10 each.

  • Aunt Fanny Fremont
  • Yogi
  • Brigham
  • Rosie
  • Dipper
  • Catherine
  • Leon
  • Bailey- 2 same styls bears w/ 2 diff outfits
  • Hailey
  • Felina B Catlerwall
  • Lucy
  • Walter
  • Spencer
  • Neville
  • Cat w/ green eyes
  • Becky
  • Camille du Bear
  • Kaitlin
  • Mrs.Trumbull
  • Momma Mc Bear
  • Alouetta
  • Mimi
  • Thayer
  • Indy
  • Chauncey
  • Twila
  • Blackstone
  • Corey Allen Bearsmoore

    Sorry I can’t hold Bears so get here before they are all gone. You can purchase at our Store:

    Hope’s Treasures

    20360 Ashburn Road Unit 183 Ashburn, VA 20147. This is in the Old Ashburn Square Plaza (7-11 in this plaza).We are in Old Ashburn just down the street from the Fire Department.

    We are open Tues –Frid 11 am to 7pm and Sat from 9am – 5pm.

    All proceeds benefit The Good Shepherd Alliance –

    Visit our store website at for an overview of what we sell in our store.

    Call 703-723-4939 for more info.

  • Sunday, April 20, 2008

    The Ultimate Green Retailer

    Did you know that a huge 95% of Hope's Treasures items for sale are from donated goods?

    The only products we buy are from Serrv ( a greater gift)

    How's that for a green retailer?

    Friday, April 18, 2008

    Watch slide of Progress of new Thrift Store Called Hope's Treasures.

    This slide show shows all the changes that have happened to the property we bought right next door to where Hope's Treasures is at today.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Mother's Day gifts have arrived at Hope's Treasures

    I just got in my order from "a greater gift". These items sell quick because they all make you feel good. The artisians are all paid a fair wage for their products and you get a good quality item. If you haven't tasted the Divine Chocolate stop by for a taste. It truely lives up to it's name. The best part - the cocoa growers are part owners of the company - there's no slave labor there. This is really guiltfree chocolate. I'll have some new pictures tommorrow of the items I have left. But stop by soon or the stuff will be GONE.
    Don't forget we also have the Recipe from the Ridge Cookbook that makes a nice Mother's Day gift.
    I have all kinds of new items that have been donated to the store in sterling and brought over to me here in Ashburn.
    No kidding before you go off to the mall stop by and look at our selection. you can spend money and help the community at the same time.

    Friday, April 11, 2008

    WOO HOO - I can now take CREDIT CARDS

    Yes, folks my credit card terminal has been installed. I'm now taking Visa, MAstercard, American Express and Discover card.
    Feel free to stop and shop till your credit cards delight.

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008

    Now available Recipes from the Ridge Cook Book

    This is from :
    The MOMS Club of Purcellville, Virginia, is a non-profit support group for mothers who have made the decision to stay at home and raise their children. Our purpose is to provide opportunities for mothers to gather with other moms who stay at home, in order to form friendships, share ideas and support, and have fun! Our club is also involved in service projects and community fund raising in order to support family-focused agencies in need.

    The MOMS Club of Purcellville, Virginia, has produced a wonderful cookbook with hundreds of our favorite family recipes. You can feel good about your purchase of this cookbook as 100% of the profits will be donated by the MOMS Club to help these well-deserving local charities here in Loudoun County.

    Mary's House of Hope / The Good Shepherd Alliance.
    Providing shelter, counseling, education, love and support to homeless women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. The Good Shepherd Alliance exists to provide women, children and families in crisis with emergency shelter, food, clothing, children's programs, counseling and transitional housing for pregnant women so as to empower them to become self-sufficient.

    Birthright of Loudoun County
    Providing care and non-judgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Birthright provides friendship and emotional support, free pregnancy testing, and maternity and baby clothes. Referrals to help clients meet legal, medical, financial and housing needs.

    Loudoun Community Free Clinic
    Serves those uninsured residents of Loudoun County with limited incomes. LCFC is a private, not-for-profit organization, run entirely by dedicated volunteers from the medical community.
    Price on the Book is $18.00 - all the profits from this book get divided between the above three charities. Makes a great Mother's Day gift and is completely tax deductible.

    Friday, April 4, 2008

    Children's Winter Clothing Now $1

    I finally finished unpacking all the boxes we had in winter storage. Here's what I found. there were ton's of these sweater vest. The only problem - there's no size listed. but for one dollar you can't go wrong. I also found a whole bunch of the long sleeve shirts pictured below and these are going for $1 also.
    We open at 11am. Bring cash, my credit cards are not running yet.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Opening day photo's - Hope's Treasures

    Here are some of the photo's from inside the new store opening day.

    Before and After - old wicker chair

    Nothing cures the yukkies like a good can of spray paint.
    I took this black looking chair from our store in Sterling and used a 1 1/2 can's of purple spray paint on it. It looks really cute now. If you don't like the purple, $8 will buy 2 cans of spray paint.
    Retail on this chair with cushion is $35

    Do you need a motorized scooter?

    I have a motor scooter that was donated to the Sterling site and is fully operational. I have all the books and the keys. Price tag is $500. Perfect for someone who needs help getting around but doesn't have the insurance to purchase.
    Remember I don't have Credit cards so if your interested bring cash.

    Yes, Hope's Treasures is open in Ashburn

    Hey all

    It's been a long year but we are open for business, just not on our own property for the moment. We have secured a temp spot for our new store Hope's Treasures. We have tons of stuff and more things arrives daily.

    Here's a few pix of some of the items we are featuring. Remember if you want any of the items it's first come, first served. I only take cash right now.

    Yes, these pictures show labels like baby phat,phat farm, apple bottom brand.

    Also shown is a rack of childrens winter clothing. These are marked down to $2 each piece right now.

    I have a large selection of big men's jeans and hoodies. I have brand new black hoodies and 2x jackets.

    You gotta see this selection to believe it.


    Monday, March 10, 2008

    New store - Hope's Treasures

    Address 20630 Ashburn Road Suite 183 Ashburn Va 20147 -This is the Old Ashburn Square Plaza.
    Hope to see you there.
    Opening on Wednesday March 12th at 11am.

    Hope's Treasures will open this week.

    Hope's Treasures is opening in Ashburn this week BUT not on the site we own. It is moving in right next door in the Old Ashburn Square Plaza. We have secured a lease for the spot where the Pedal Shop use to be. We will we in Suite 183. Our banner will be up soon. We are excited about bringing our upscale wares to the ashburn community. The pix will show you some of the merchandise we will be bringing for sale.

    The boxes are all packed with homeschool teaching material.

    Crosses were handmade and handstained

    Longaberger baskets will go up for sale in Ashburn
    Serrv - a greater gift items will be available starting Wednesday

    Wednesday, March 5, 2008

    Keep watching this spot.

    Keep an eye on this blog. We're close to disclosing details of where our store (Hope's Treasures) is opening temporarily. I can tell you that the store will be strickly a retail site and WILL NOT TAKE DONATIONS - there can be no exceptions to this rule. Keep watching.

    Saturday, March 1, 2008

    HOPES TREASURES is coming sooner than you think.

    Can't give any more details. But HOPE'S TREASURES may be coming sooner than anyone anticipates to the Ashburn Area. Watch this spot for more details.

    Sunday, January 20, 2008

    I have a wall

    This pix shows the wall to the Thrift store Manager's office. That's mine. I was so excited to see this wall being put in place. Gentleman is actually standing in my office. I stop by the site once a day now so as I get photo's of the store taking shape I'll add them online. You'll get to see the store taking shape up until it's time for the final interior design. that you'll have to see for yourself at the grnad opening.

    Mary Fittro - GSA thrift store manager.

    Thursday, January 3, 2008

    Check out these pix

    Ashburn Photos

    Click on the photo above and it will take you to a whole album full of pix I have taken since we bought this project last April.