Historical data shows that the Thrift Shop at Fort Detrick was organized on 8 January 1962. “The objective was to provide an exchange or sales point for excess property of its members with any financial profits obtained to be devoted to the welfare and morale of the military personnel of Fort Detrick and their dependents.” (Quote from 1st Constitution and By-Laws) Today, the objective of the Thrift Shop still remains the same. In 2011 the Thrift Shop gave grants, scholarship, and donations in excess of $10,000. Organizations and individuals who received grants included: the Chapel Programs; Army Community Programs; Family and Moral, Welfare and Recreation Programs; BOSS; AMVETS; Frederick Rescue Mission; individual soldiers and their families, and the U.S. Army Garrison and Medical Research Materiel Command Solider and NCO of the Year.
From Its humble beginnings to the current location in Building 11 on Porter Street, the Shop now has 12 rooms of items. A Board of Directors made up of representatives, from all units on Fort Detrick with 0-6 Commanders, as well as, representatives from the Chapel, Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program, and the All Service Retiree Council governs the operations.
No longer able to recruit enough volunteers to maintain The Shop, five part time individuals are employed; a manager, three assistant managers, and a bookkeeper. However, volunteers are always welcome and needed to process the massive donations and consigned item. In 2011 volunteer donated nearly 1,000 hours of service to the Thrift Shop. With support from the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick of a building, which was once the aircraft control tower for Camp Detrick, the Thrift Shop is a self sustaining non-profit organization.
To celebrate their 50 years of Service the Thrift Shop will be serving coffee, punch and cookies, during the month of February2012. The Shop will give away a $50 Gift Certificate one a week for 4 weeks, to be used at the Thrift Shop. You do not have to make a purchase to participate in the drawing nor do you have to be present at the drawing to win. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
During February, starting on Saturday 4 February at 9 a.m. the Shop will be holding its 50 cent sale of Thrift Shop property fall and winter clothes, shoes, and purses. All other Thrift Shop property items will be 50 percent off.
Applications are now available for the two $1,000 scholarships to be awarded in May. Applications can be found on the Thrift Shop web page, or picked up at ACE, or the Thrift Shop. Applications are also being sent to all the Frederick County High Schools. The Scholarships are for undergraduate studies and eligible applicants are any individuals who are authorized consignors or dependent children of those who are authorized consignors at the Thrift Shop.
The Shop is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10-3 and the 1st Saturday of each month from 9-12. To see a complete schedule of dates open and closed please go to the Thrift Shop Web page and click on the tab for Expiration Dates.
Besides the donated and consigned items, The Shop sells Fort Detrick Ornaments, Nallin Pond Prints and White House Ornaments, profits from these items are dedicated to the scholarships and grants.
Items purchased in The Shop can be paid for by Credit Card, Check or Cash. The Shop is open to the public to shop, but rules on who can consign and other information on the Shop can be found on their web page by going to www.detrick.army.mil , click on Site Index, then the letter “T”, then on Thrift Shop. You also can call for information at 301-619-2289.