Hospital Thrift Shop

Celebrating 89 Years

Located at 17 India Street, Nantucket
Thank you for another great season!

Please consider making a donation of gently used items this winter! Donations will be accepted at the Hospital Thrift Shop at 17 India Street on following Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon:

  • January 5 and 19
  • February 2 and 16
  • March 2 and 16
  • April 6 and 20
  • For large donations and house contents call (508) 228-1125

Our Story

Continuing its 88-year tradition of generosity, the Thrift Shop announced a $381,500 gift to Nantucket Cottage Hospital following a successful 2017 season on India Street.

The board members of the Thrift Shop presented Nantucket Cottage Hospital president and CEO Dr. Margot Hartmann with a check in the amount of $331,500, which has been earmarked for new medical equipment that will improve patient care in nearly every department of the hospital. Another $50,000 will be committed to the Thrift Shop’s pledge of $500,000 for the construction of the new hospital.

“We’re so pleased to once again help our community hospital fulfil its mission to patients, while also supporting its vision for the future in a new building,” said Cathy Ward, the outgoing President of the Thrift Shop’s Board of Directors. “It’s important to remember that this gift is made possible by the island community, which gives so generously to the Thrift Shop throughout the year, along with our loyal shoppers and hardworking staff and volunteers.”

The Hospital Thrift Shop sells merchandise donated by island residents and visitors – anything from books to furniture to artwork – from mid-May through mid-October, and operates as a separate non-profit organization. With a small staff and a stalwart team of dedicated volunteers, The Thrift Shop remains a favorite for island residents and visitors both in terms of donations toward a worthy cause and as a shopping destination. The 2017 season marked its 88th year in business on India Street.

“It never ceases to amaze me what the Thrift Shop is able to do year after year,” said Dr. Hartmann. “This gift represents the generosity and thoughtfulness of our community on so many levels, and it will go a long way toward improving our ability to care for patients in both our current building, and as we look ahead to providing care in the new hospital. On behalf of everyone at NCH, we are so thankful.”

The new equipment that will be purchased with this year’s Thrift Shop donation to NCH, including general surgery instruments, a bladder scanner, lab analyzers and testing equipment, a bedside ultrasound device, as well as a new trauma stretcher, will be used immediately in the current hospital, and then transferred into the new hospital when it is completed in 2018.

The Thrift Shop was founded in 1929 when a group of dedicated volunteers came together to provide affordable clothes and household goods to the island community. Its first gift to the hospital that year was $603. Since that first donation, the Thrift Shop has contributed more than $5 million to the hospital during its 88 years of operation, a legacy of generosity that has benefited generations of NCH patients.


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.