September 18, 2020

Shopping with a BIG Purpose on a small Budget

The Ladies of Charity of Knoxville offers shoppers a selfless, simple way to spruce up their wardrobes, dorm rooms and homes while caring for others in need.

"Customers may come at first just for the bargains but knowing that they are helping others in need encourages them to come back."

The Ladies of Charity Thrift Store, a popular spot in the Happy Holler neighborhood, is located at 120 West Baxter Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee. Proceeds from sales support the Ladies of Charity Emergency Assistance Program. Every month, the Emergency Assistance Program serves approximately 2,500 to 3,000 individuals in need and provides food, clothing, utility and rental assistance, baby supplies, and work footwear. In 2019, the Ladies of Charity employees and volunteers served and met the needs of over 30,000 individuals in the Knoxville area.

Helping a customer pick out clothing

With new items like jewelry, clothes, furniture, and home goods arriving weekly, the store satisfies regular and first-time shoppers looking for great bargains. The open sign hangs in the door Monday thru Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Donations are accepted during store hours, however, larger items such as home or patio furniture require scheduled pick-ups.

Stocking the food pantry

“The arrival of our newest items and pop-up sales are regularly announced on our Facebook page, which has made our popularity amongst college students increase substantially. Customers may come at first just for the bargains but knowing that they are helping others in need encourages them to come back,” says Susan Unbehaun, Executive Director.

The Ladies of Charity Knoxville is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and an affiliation of the Ladies of Charity USA. It has over 300 members and will host the 2021 Ladies of Charity National Assembly in August. For more information about how to volunteer, receive assistance, or fulfill a need, visit or call 865-247-5790.

Helping families with food and clothing.

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