You voted St. Vinny’s Thrift Stores as the best around town. Thank you! And, thank you for shopping and donating. We are proud to operate quality thrift stores and bring you unique, one-of-a-kind events.
Madison Magazine Best of Madison:
- Best Thrift/Secondhand/Consignment Store: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
- Best Home Accessories: 2022
- Best Clothing (Women): 2022
- Best Clothing (Men): 2022 (bronze), 2018 (bronze)
Madison.com People’s Choice:
- Consignment/Used Clothing Store: 2022, 2021
- Clothing Store (Women’s): 2021
- Resale Shop: 2022, 2021
- Charitable Organization: 2022 (silver), 2021 (bronze)
Waunakee’s Tribune Best of Waunakee Awards:
- Best Place to Shop for Bargains: 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2010
- Best Retail Store: 2022
St. Vinny’s Thrift Stores began new stores hours on Tuesday, September 6th:
Willy Street, Odana, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee:
- Monday- Saturday: 10:00am- 7:00pm
- Sunday: 10:00am- 5:00pm
Dig & Save:
- Monday- Sunday: 10:00am- 5:00pm
Background, Plans & FAQ
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul — Madison has plans to conduct a building project near the intersection of Williamson Street and S. Baldwin Street in Madison. The zone currently hosts the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program office.
Our intent now is to demolish our two structurally comprised buildings along Baldwin Street – as well as our Williamson Street store’s book room, which shares the lot with one of those buildings. We would then erect a two-story building at the Baldwin Williamson corner and a single-story building where our Baldwin store building is now. Except for vestibule, elevator and stairwell space at the corner, our plan is to devote the new first-floor space to retail and the new corner building’s second floor to our charitable programming. That programming would be primarily our St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Program of assistance to custodial single parents of minor children — the non-residential successor to the Seton House Program with its current office in the corner structure being replaced.
The core mission of the District Council of Madison – Society of St. Vincent de Paul is helping Dane County neighbors in need. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Society has been engaged in that mission in Madison since 1925 and has had a physical locus in the Williamson-Marquette neighborhood since 1941, when SVdP Madison opened a store on Baldwin Street. From that location, St. Vincent de Paul’s retail and service complex grew organically around the Baldwin corner to Williamson Street to become the Society’s local flagship thrift store. The parcel at the corner of Williamson and Baldwin streets has since served as the Society’s busy food pantry and then as the office location of the Seton House women’s transitional housing program – as well the site of the adjoining Willy Street store’s bookroom.
The Williamson-Baldwin corner property and the original Baldwin Street portion of the thrift-store complex have clearly reached their end of life. SVdP Madison has been advised that the corner “Seton 2” building, an old balloon-frame structure, is not sound enough to salvage and remodel. Compromised wooden roof trusses of the Baldwin retail property have led the Society to empty that space and leave it unused for its usual purpose. The century-old concrete structure of the Baldwin store space is of unknown design capacity. After carefully considering options, St. Vincent de Paul is seeking to rebuild in the footprint of these two parcels. New construction designed to sensitively honor the look and feel of the local traditional shopping street and historic district will best serve the interest of safety, modern code compliance, energy efficiency, sustainability, and avoidance of unintended consequences.
These are key objectives for the future of properties SVdP Madison intends to continue using for purposes toward which the site has long been put. Those purposes are supporting and meeting the Society’s mission by selling and giving away donated goods and by offering other charitable services to local households in need. Through new, historically sensitive construction, SVdP Madison’s plan is to devote almost all first-floor space to retail and – for the corner – parcel create second-floor space focused on serving neighbors in need through SVdP Madison charitable programming.
Moving? Redecorating? Cleaning your house? If you have pre-loved goods that deserve another life, then donate them to St. Vinny’s Thrift Stores. Don’t have time to drive to a store? Schedule a free at-home pickup of furniture, bagged or boxed clothing, shoes or other small household items today!
How to donate:
- Call (608) 278-2920 x1 between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday or 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Saturday, to request a scheduled pickup.
At this time we are accepting furniture, clothing, shoes and small household items. Please make sure small items are properly packed and fully enclosed in boxes or bags. In most cases, furniture should remain fully assembled. If you think an item would need to be taken apart to be moved, please ask the receptionist when you schedule your pick-up. As of November 2022, we can enter into the first level of your home to carry out items. Click here to view our handy packing guide!
What You Can Donate:
- Clothing, furniture and household items that are in clean, working condition and are suitable for resale in our stores
Sorry, but no:
- Non-working or broken items
- Items that are too large or heavy to safely handle
- Items that our trained staff determine have low or no resale value, high disposal costs or that could potentially harm our staff, customers or the environment
- Mattresses & box springs
- Computers & computer equipment (SVdP discontinued its ecycle program in April 2017)
- Sofa sleepers & reclining sofas
- Entertainment centers
- Baby furniture items such as car seats, cribs & strollers/walkers
- Large appliances
- Exercise equipment
- Hazardous materials
- Construction materials
- Artificial Christmas trees without their original box, (we can accept full trees in their original box)
Pickup area schedule:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday:
All Madison 537xx, 53562 ZIP Codes: Madison, Monona, Fitchburg, and Middleton
Out-of-town and associated ZIP Codes: Barneveld, Black Earth, Blue Mounds, Brooklyn, Cottage Grove, Cross Plains, DeForest, Edgerton, Evansville, Mazomanie, McFarland, Mount Horeb, Oregon, Stoughton, Sun Prairie, Verona, Waunakee, Windsor
Is my donation tax-deductible?
In 2018, the tax laws changed, but the good feeling of helping someone else and having a cleaned out, organized closet, garage or kitchen never changes! Visit the IRS website to help you understand goods donations and deductibility. Click here to print a goods donation receipt to complete for your records or taxes.