Thrift Shop Grand Re-Opening June 23

OAK BLUFFS, MA. (June 17, 2020) – MV Community Services (MVCS) Chicken Alley Thrift Shop will officially reopen to the Island community on Tuesday, June 23rd at 11:00 AM. While the shop has been operating throughout the pandemic with the launch of an online store and curbside pickup for neighbors in need, Governor Baker’s recent announcement for the state’s Phase 2 reopening plan has given the green light to officially reopen to the public.

“We have missed our customers and donors dearly and are thrilled to be opening our doors again,” said Jessica Tartell, MV Community Services Thrift Shop Manager. “We understand the demand to accept donations is high, and will do our best to accommodate everyone, but ask that folks be patient, kind and respectful to staff and fellow customers during this transition.”

Anyone who makes a donation to MV Community Services of five dollars or more June 17-21 will be entered into a drawing to be the “first customer in the door” at the Grand Re-Opening. The raffle winner will be chosen at random and notified on June 22nd. The winner will cut the ribbon to officially re-open the store at 10:45 am and be given 15 minutes to shop before other shoppers are welcomed in. 

What to expect when visiting Chicken Alley:

  • 6 adult shoppers are allowed in the store at one time. Customers may be asked to wait–six feet apart–outside until a space is available inside the store.
  • Children may accompany parents and must remain supervised while in the store. 
  • Masks and face coverings are required of everyone over the age of 2 entering the store.
  • Hands must be sanitized on the way in.
  • Remain six feet (or three chickens) apart from fellow shoppers and staff members while in the store.
  • No reusable bags. Chicken Alley will provide shopping bags if needed.
  • No donations will be accepted, except by appointment. NO EXCEPTIONS. For those wishing to donate, please call 508-693-2278 to make an appointment.

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About MV Community Services:

We are clinicians and social workers, psychiatrists, counselors, case workers, teachers and volunteers. Embracing community in collaboration with police and primary care physicians, the hospital and Island schools. People who share our belief in the worth and dignity of all. Every day we commit our unique experience, expertise and compassion to help our entire community be as vibrant, strong and healthy as it can be. When together we answer the call our community thrives. Learn more at