Hospital Thrift Shop

Shop, Donate, Volunteer:
Be a part of a great island tradition.

Closed until May 14, 2018 | 17 India Street, Nantucket

The Hospital Thrift Shop sells merchandise donated by island residents and visitors – anything from clothing to furniture to artwork – from mid-May through mid-October. At the end of each season, the Thrift Shop donates its proceeds to Nantucket Cottage Hospital. With a small staff and a team of dedicated volunteers, The Thrift Shop has become a favorite for island residents and visitors both in terms of donations toward a worthy cause and as a shopping destination. The 2017 season marks its 88th year in business.

Donation Hours:

  • The Thrift Shop has stopped taking donations for the 2017 season as of Tuesday, October 3rd
  • We will take donations in the off-season on the first and third Saturday of every month from 10:00 am to 12 noon at the shop, 17 India Street beginning in November
    • November 18
    • December 2 and 16
    • January 6 and 20
    • February 3 and 17
    • March 3 and 17
    • April 7 and 21

Our Story

Following another hugely successful season, The Hospital Thrift Shop announced a record-breaking gift of $400,000 to Nantucket Cottage Hospital in 2016.

The board members of the Thrift Shop presented Nantucket Cottage Hospital president and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann with a check on November 14, 2016 in the amount of $300,000, which has been earmarked for new medical equipment. Another $100,000 will be committed to the Thrift Shop’s pledge of $500,000 for the construction of the new hospital.

“This gift is a direct result of the generosity of the island community,” said Cathy Ward, President of the Thrift Shop’s Board of Directors and an NCH Trustee. “We’re thankful to everyone who made this possible, from the people who donated merchandise, to the shoppers, as well as our hardworking volunteers. We’re so happy to be able to help the hospital with both its current and future needs in a new building.”

“The Thrift Shop has been an incredibly generous and steady source of support for Nantucket Cottage Hospital for decades,” said Dr. Hartmann. “This year’s gift is remarkable not only in terms of its size, but the thoughtfulness to help us address our immediate needs and secure our future in the new hospital.”

The new equipment purchased with this year’s Thrift Shop donation to NCH, including dialysis machines, cardiac rehab treadmills, a bariatric bed and patient care equipment, as well as physiocontrol defibrillator, will be put to use immediately in the current hospital, and will be able to be transferred into the new hospital when it is completed in 2018.


In 1929, a group of dedicated volunteers came together to provide affordable clothes and household goods to the island community and to generate support for the hospital. The gift from “The Thrifty Shop” that first year was $603. Since then, the Thrift Shop has contributed more than $4 million to the hospital, an incredible legacy of generosity.  It involves everyone: residents who give gently used items, volunteers who manage every aspect of the business, and shoppers who get great deals. Old clothes and furniture are transformed into new radiology and lab equipment, a remodeled dialysis unit or new furnishings for patient rooms.

Items accepted:

Clean, gently used items around your house, including clothing, furniture, decorative items, housewares.

We cannot accept these items:

Items that are broken damaged, dirty, odorous, worn-out, stained, torn, wet, moldy, rusty or frayed do not sell.  Similarly, items that have spent numerous seasons exposed to pet hair, smoke or the elements do not sell. We are forced to haul unsold items to the dump/recycling center, which costs us money and reduces funding to the Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

  • Air conditioners
  • Alarm clocks
  • CD or DVD player
  • Cell phone/telephones
  • Computers/typewriters
  • Dehumidifiers/air purifiers
  • Game boxes (Xbox, Gameboy, etc.)
  • Fax machines/printer
  • Televisions
  • VCR players or tapes
  • Electric blankets
  • Bed mattresses and pillows
  • Sleeper couches
  • Some upholstered items (exceptions by inspection)
  • Standard baby cribs/mattresses
  • Opened puzzles and games
  • Baby playpens
  • Rug remnants or rug pads
  • Exercise machines
  • Pet travel containers
  • Bed frames or bed headboard
  • Other non-listed items (exceptions by inspection)


Volunteers are always needed for flexible hours and shifts. Contact the Thrift Shop at (508) 228-1125 or email

Donor Spotlight Thrift Shop Donates $327,000 in 2015

After an incredible five months of sales on India Street in downtown Nantucket, the Hospital Thrift Shop announced a $327,000 gift to Nantucket Cottage Hospital.

The 2015 gift has been earmarked for distinct purposes, including $177,000 for cardiac stress testing and telemedicine equipment, as well as $150,000 that will be set aside for the capital campaign for the new Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The Thrift Shop has now raised $300,000 toward its original pledge of $500,000 for the new hospital.



Donor Spotlight Thrift Shop Donates $250,000 in 2014

In 2014, the Hospital Thrift Shop donated $250,000 to Nantucket Cottage Hospital, which has been designated for four specific purposes, including: $150,000 toward the goal of an eventual $500,000 donation to the NCH capital campaign for the construction of a new hospital; $75,000 for equipment needed for a new primary care office space within the hospital; $15,000 to the Social Services Department; and $10,000 to Palliative & Supportive Care of Nantucket for the Marla Lamb Cancer Travel Fund.