Credit: Photos by Dan Schere

Downtown Bethesda shoppers who were saddened by the closing of an iconic thrift shop last year can rejoice that a new one opened over the weekend.

New4You Thrift Boutique opened on Saturday at 4909 Cordell Ave. The store, run by a nonprofit, sells assorted items such as clothing, jewelry, art, books, kitchenware and furniture.

“There’s something for everyone,” board President Miriam Raskin said.

Raskin and New4You Vice President Kathleen Landells were among those who worked at the Montgomery County Thrift Shop on Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda. It closed last year after more than 75 years due to the financial and practical challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The old store’s volunteers stayed in touch after the closing, and some are now at New4You.

New4You differs from the Montgomery County Thrift Shop in that volunteers came from five different charitable agencies, Landells said.

“Unfortunately, that system had begun to break down, partly because the volunteers who have been around for 20 or 30 years were becoming too old to volunteer anymore,” she said. “But also, the agencies themselves were having difficulty attracting membership.

“So, we decided instead of doing it that way, that we would ask people to come as independent volunteers, not associated with any other charity.”

Another difference is that New4You is an all-volunteer organization, whereas the old thrift shop had several paid employees.

For its first year, New4You has chosen to put its profits toward Shepherd’s Table — an organization in Silver Spring dedicated to combatting food insecurity and homelessness.

Raskin and Landells said they were encouraged by the large quantity of donations they had received as of Saturday morning. Additionally, more than 60 people have signed up to volunteer, they said.

By 1 p.m. Saturday, 40 customers who used to shop at the old thrift store had walked through the doors of New4You, Landells said.

“They’re all saying, ‘Oh, we’ve missed you so much.’ The enthusiasm is wonderful,” she said.

New4You is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed Monday and Tuesday.

Volunteers and customers must wear facemasks.

New4You is accepting donations of:

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Books and toys
  • Table and bed linens and towels
  • Furniture and other home décor
  • Small electronics such as radios, irons, fans, heaters, vacuums and clocks.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com