The FCS Thrift Boutique Planning Special Sale & In-Store Events to Thank Community
LONG BRANCH, NJ, January 31, 2014 – Family & Children’s Service (FCS), Monmouth County’s oldest nonprofit social service agency, will be holding a special Half-Off Anniversary Sale at its Long Branch Thrift Boutique on Wednesday, February 19th to thank customers for their patronage during the past year.

The FCS Thrift Boutique, located at 307 Branchport Road, was closed for more than three months following Hurricane Sandy after flooding destroyed the store’s first floor and wiped out its entire donated inventory. A grant from the Robin Hood Foundation and assistance from local businesses, organizations and individuals helped the agency rebuild and reopen by mid-February of last year.

“We were very fortunate,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “We know that many in our community are still waiting on Sandy recovery funds to rebuild and restore their lives. That’s why it was so important for us to reopen quickly. We wanted to fulfill our mission to serve people at vulnerable time in their lives by ensuring that our customers, many of whom are struggling, had a place to shop for the items they needed at a reduced cost.”

Beekman also added that proceeds from sale of items in the store help fund vital FCS programs and services including home care, respite care and child literacy.

To celebrate a successful reopening year, the boutique will offer 50% off all merchandise, excluding designer items, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on February 19th. In addition, the store will be staging a number of in-store events, including fashion displays and demonstrations on how to reuse, recycle and repurpose.

“There is a real trend to finding new uses for Thrift store items,” says Samantha White, FCS Manager of Volunteer Services.  “For example, sweaters aren’t just being worn anymore. They’re being used as fabric sources to create legwarmers, mittens and pillows. Vintage kitchen items can be transformed into art work. Mugs and teacups make great planters. All you need is imagination.”

To inspire Thrift Boutique shoppers, the agency has created a Board on its Pinterest page at containing links to thrift crafting ideas.  They are also encouraging shoppers to post photos of their favorite Thrift Boutique find to their Facebook page at   The outfit with the most Facebook “likes” will receive a $25 gift card to spend at the store.

White credits the Thrift Boutique’s donors with its continued success.

“The quality of donations placed on the selling floor invites a steady stream of shoppers,” White says. “There is always something new and exciting to see.”

The FCS Thrift Boutique accepts new and gently used men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, purses, accessories, new linens and small household items.

Donated items can be brought to the store during normal business hours which are: noon to 5 p.m. Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A complete list of items the store accepts can be found on the agency’s website at  The FCS Thrift Boutique is also always seeking volunteers. To apply, contact Samantha White at 732-222-9111 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.