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  • Save the Date!

    60th Annual Shipley Shops: October 22-23 2020!


Need to create more space in your closet, basement, or home? Support our community’s commitment to sustainability, let go of hoarder’s guilt, and raise money for our School by donating quality items from your home to Shipley Collectibles! Collectibles is a “pop-up” thrift shop at Shipley Shops every October that donates 100% of its revenues to Shipley. Donations are tax-deductible and accepted year-round during school hours at Brownell House on Shipley’s Upper Campus. Volunteers are also available to pick-up small items left at the reception desk of the Lower School.

The typical patron of Shipley Collectibles is a discriminating shopper looking for a great deal on high-quality antique, handmade, and/or designer items. Items should be in like-new or gently used condition. They should be goods that the person donating knows to be of some value. Below, you will find a general list of desired items. Please know that this list cannot possibly cover all of the things we would love to see coming through the door! Donors should use their own taste and discretion in contributing. Sometimes you may know that something you own is valuable, but you just don't like it or have use for it in your life (i.e. seldom-used wedding gifts, inherited tableware, etc.). Donors to Collectibles can feel good knowing that there are other supporters of Shipley who will genuinely appreciate, make use of, and delight in such things.
Please remember that all donations are tax-deductible. If you don't want or know how to give a market value to your donations and would still like a receipt, the Collectibles Committee would be happy to estimate their value for you. Members of the Committee are also available to make in-home visits to donors wishing to give away a significant number of pieces so that we can pack up and remove any appropriate items at no hassle to the donor.
While we gratefully acknowledge any gesture of support, there are items we cannot accept. We cannot store or manage large pieces of furniture or art. Anything that cannot be picked up by one person and transported in a standard-sized station wagon or SUV will not work at Collectibles. We also politely decline the donation of china, home electronics, appliances, fitness machinery and equipment, paperback books, and perishables.
Thank you for choosing to find new homes for your lovely things! Your generosity makes Collectibles possible.
Collectibles Wish-List:
  • Designer accessories: handbags, scarves, belts, sunglasses, jewelry, men’s ties, cufflinks, and other accessories. (Desired brands include: Hermés, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Valentino, Gucci, Ferragamo, Céline, Fendi, Burberry, Dolce& Gabbana, Dior, Chloe, YSL, Givenchy, etc., although really we are just delighted to have any items that are well-made, fashionable, and in great condition. Coach, Vera Bradley, and Cole Haan are other labels that sell well in handbags. In addition to the designers listed above, men’s ties from makers like Brooks Brothers and Vineyard Vines also do very well.) Please, no shoes.
  • Jewelry: sterling silver, gold, and platinum pieces as well as those containing precious or semi-precious stones and cultured or fresh-water pearls. Particularly attractive costume or fashion jewelry is also very welcome.
  • Figurines, busts, statues, and sculptures: Figures from Hummel, Herend, Swarovski, Lladro, Staffordshire, Kosta Boda, plus any of the porcelain makers listed under above, sell well. Antique statues, especially those from the Greco-Roman and Asian traditions are especially coveted. Garden art and figurines may be appropriate as well.
  • Small pieces of solid wood and/or upholstered furniture: Bookshelves; console, end, and coffee tables; dressers; ottomans; and occasional chairs.
  • Rugs: Hand-loomed, fine Orientals, or other types.
  • Mirrors: wood-framed and other
  • Heirloom-quality baby gifts: Dishes, rattles, baby cups, picture frames, dress outfits, hand-made blankets, etc.
  • Old-fashioned wooden toys: Dollhouses, rocking horses, block sets, etc. No electronic or plastic toys, please.
  • Copper cookware.
  • Ceramics: Wheel-turned/handpainted, especially those from Deruta, Italy (Franco Mari and Sberna are particularly sought-after artists). Portuguese, Japanese, Spanish, and American made ceramics are also highly marketable.
  • Linens: Hand-embroidered/crocheted/sewn (i.e. table cloths, napkins, tea towels).
  • Artwork: High-quality and framed, including original oil, pastel, and watercolor paintings; hand-pulled art prints; vintage wooden signs; and art photography.
  • Table lamps.
  • Holiday: Vintage ornaments, dishes, and decorations.
  • Kitchen: Vintage tools, canisters, and tins. No electronics, please. Antique salt and pepper shakers, bud vases, and ring holders.
  • Fireplace: Screens and andirons.
  • Brass: Candlesticks, doorknockers, sconces, etc.
  • Collections: Stamp and coin; vintage sports memorabilia, including baseball card collections
  • Books: Antique/Rare hardback (in displayable condition, please).


A special THANK YOU to our 2019 Sponsors!

Retail Therapy
Cozen O’Connor
Betsy Hamilton & Sarah Hamilton ’99, BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors
Mainline Neighbors
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.