The items you see at all three Resale Shops mentioned above are donated by people just like you. One hundred percent of the net proceeds from our sales support programs and services to help individuals and families in need served by Allen Community Outreach.
Resale Shops History
Allen Community Outreach’s Resale Shop first opened in 1998 as an Upscale Resale Shop. Founded on Allen Community Outreach’s mission of providing necessities, the principles have not changed: providing free, quality clothing to clients who reside in Allen, Fairview and Lucas while simultaneously selling affordable clothing, furniture, and housewares to the public. Clients and customers shop side by side with a gift card distributed by ACO caseworkers. This method allows all people to maintain their dignity. Proceeds from the Resale Shop provide a source of funding which offers ongoing support for other ACO programs.
In 2010, the Treasure Chest opened to sell items that are below the quality we require in our Resale Shop, including out of season merchandise. Since its opening, the Treasure Chest has become a destination shop for savvy shoppers, wholesale customers and those individuals that love the “thrill of the hunt.” This store ensures that the ACO Resale Shops make a conscious effort to keep sellable items out of the landfill and continue our mission as “Green Stores.”
ACO’s Boutique On The Road began as an opportunity to travel to local shows or events and sell merchandise from the Resale Shop, while increasing visibility of ACO in the community. A few years ago, The Shops of Watters Creek offered a temporary spot in an unleased retail space for ACO to open during the holidays. Soon a positive partnership was realized and ACO is now a full time tenant because of the generosity of The Shops at Watters Creek. The ACO Boutique has become known throughout Collin County as a bargain-priced, high-end shopping experience for home décor.
Donation of clothing and household items are accepted during regular business hours from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at ACO’s flagship store located at 801 E. Main Street in Allen. With the support of donations from local residents and businesses, ACO is able to continue to fill the stores with a variety of merchandise while providing critical funds to help families with emergencies such as financial assistance for rent and utilities, clothing and food, and long term goals of education and employment to provide permanent sustainability.
With three stores under ACO’s umbrella of resale operations, there is something for everyone!