WAYNE, NJ – According to Christine Salzone: “Most Wayne residents either don’t know that the Browse N Shop Thrift Shop exists, or they don’t know that we’ve moved.”
On the grounds of Schuyler-Colfax Middle School at 1502 Hamburg Turnpike, accessed by the light near the Realty Executives building, is a small white and brick building that hosts the Browse N Shop Thrift Shop.
The Wayne Council of PTOs runs this little store and the proceeds from all sales goes to scholarships for Wayne high school seniors.
“The Browse N Shop and the Children’s Cultural Workshops only purpose is to bring in scholarship money,” said Jen Crawford a member of the Wayne Council of PTOs. “Last year, we raised over $40,000 which meant that twenty seniors from Wayne Hills and twenty seniors from Wayne Valley received $1,000 each in scholarships.”
The Children’s Cultural Workshop is a series of various programs for kids on Saturdays at the Schuyler-Colfax Middle School. “We offer photography, robotics, yoga, cooking and so much more,” said Council of PTOs member Lori Polifonte, who runs the workshops. For more information, click here: http://waynecouncilofptos.com/childrens-cultural-workshop/
“This is the first year that the Browse N Shop is in its new location,” said Crawford. “We used to be in the Preakness Building, but now we’re here. Which is awesome! Christine Salzone runs it now and she has it so nicely organized.”
“People don’t realize what this little store does,” said Salzone. “Not only the scholarships, but organizations such as Women in Transitions comes here to help outfit their clients. There are a number of people who come in here and buy clothes and goods in bulk to send to Africa, The Philippines, The Dominican Republic and other countries.”
Behind the counter of the neatly organized little store, Salzone’s passion comes out big. “Not only are we helping people in this community, but we are helping people in other communities and around the world.”
“In addition, the school nurses in this area will come here and get clothing for students in the schools that need it,” said Jamie Lillis, another member of the Council of PTOs.
The shop is in great order, neatly displaying, not only clothing, shoes and coats, but art, books, movies, toys, home decor, jewelry and more. There is something for everyone with a nice display of goods for Valentine’s Day set up in the back.
“We have to give kudos to the people who actually donate all of these goods,” said Salzone. “It’s amazing the quality of the goods that people bring here, and they are doing it because of the scholarships, but I want to make sure they know how many more people their donations are helping.”
Volunteers come and do the bulk of the work to keep the shop running smoothly.
“They do it because they love the store and they just want to help,” said Lori Polifonte another member of the Council of PTOs.
“It is constant work to take the donations, sort them, organize and hang everything up, and I want to make sure they are mentioned,” said Salzone.
- Colette McNally
- Mary O’Reilly
- Mary Ann Graziano
- Louisa Napodano
- Patty Mohimaid
- Caren Frankel
- Ginny Fortunato
- and, of course...Margarite
In addition to these volunteers, students, boy scouts and other children volunteer at the shop.
Middle school student Avery Vallarta was there at the shop when TAPinto Wayne visited. He is volunteering as part of the New Jersey Honor Society Program and was there on his second day. “The last time I was here, I helped organize DVDs,” said Vallarta when asked what he does at the shop.
There are three ways to support the Wayne Browse N Shop Thrift Shop.
- Bring any unwanted, quality items to the store during their hours of operation or drop things in the bins they have outside the store.
- Shop here. There is a huge variety of items for sale
- Tell everyone you know about the store.
Supporting the Browse N Shop is supporting Wayne.
To see some of the goods they have for sale, visit and follow their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/waynebrowsenshop