The Closet of the Greater Herndon Area - the Thrift Shop that Gives Back!


The Closet is a non-profit thrift shop founded in 1974 by a handful of churches to help low-income families by selling used clothing at nominal prices. Today, The Closet is a significant resource for the greater Herndon area, offering a wide variety of donated items for sale at low prices – clothing, house wares, electronics, artwork, toys, books and more -- for families and individuals on a tight budget. The shop also draws collectors, antique buffs and bargain hunters.

The Closet administers a voucher program that allows individuals to shop for clothing and household necessities at no charge, with a referral by a local social service agency, school or member congregation. Excess goods are sent to needy communities in western Virginia. Surplus revenues are distributed locally via grants to non-profits, as well as to a scholarship fund that benefits high school students. UUCR receives an annual monetary contribution from The Closet that is directed to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund.

UUCR is one of 20 faith-based congregations actively involved in managing The Closet. As a member congregation, UUCR is obligated to fill a minimum of 16 hours a month during the store’s retail hours.  Dates and times are assigned by The Closet each quarter.

As a volunteer at The Closet, you’ll get to know our wider community, meet other volunteers, help those in need, and maybe snag a bargain while you’re at it. Volunteer a little or a lot. Every hour you help makes a difference. And we really do need you!

Interested in joining UUCR’s team at The Closet?  Contact Jane Anthony ( or Joyce Parkin ( to sign up or for more information.

The Closet is located at 845 Station Street in historic downtown Herndon. Free parking in public lots and on the street is available. The sales floor is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM, with additional evening hours from 5 PM – 8 PM on Mondays and Thursdays. (The evening hours are in effect during March through December.)  Donations are accepted Monday through Saturday, 8 AM – 3 PM.