Home of the Sparrow Thrift Stores

About Our Stores

Home of the Sparrow operates seven total thrift stores across Northern Illinois; six under the banner of Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Store and Donation Centers, and one under Community Threads Upscale Resale Store.

The purpose of Home of the Sparrow’s thrift stores are to support the mission of Home of the Sparrow. Net proceeds from the seven thrift stores go back into Home of the Sparrow’s programs and services that help women and children as they journey from homelessness to self-sufficiency.

Home of the Sparrow’s Thrift Stores are also a zero cost provider of clothing, furniture and housewares to Home of the Sparrow clients and clients of other partnering agencies in Northern Illinois. With an exception to mattresses and box springs, everything sold in the thrift stores are new and/or gently used donations from members of the community.

Thrift Store
Summer Hours

Special Summer Hours
July 1st through August 31st!

Our thrift stores will be closing later at 7pm on Wednesdays and Opening earlier at 9am on Thursdays.

This applies to All locations!

Our Regular Store Hours Are:

MONDAY-FRIDAY: Open 10am-6pm

SATURDAYS: Open 10am-5pm


Store Open Times until 4:30 PM ONLY

Please do NOT donate items after the donation hours. Donations that are left outside of the storefronts sit in unpredictable weather conditions and are oftentimes damaged by the time that the stores open the next day. HOS pays for extra services to have those damaged donations removed.

Visit Our Seven HOS Thrift Stores

Arlington Heights

250 W. Rand Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004


380 Northwest Hwy
Cary, IL 60013


3714 W Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050


357 Townline Road
Mundelein, IL 60060


275 E Northwest Highway
Palatine, IL 60067

Third Lake

34500 N. US Highway 45
Third Lake, IL 60030


120 E Calhoun St
Woodstock IL 60098

Shop Our Ebay Store!

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Shop. Donate. Volunteer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accepted Donations

Volunteer at the Thrift Stores

Make a difference by volunteering!
Various shifts available!

Furniture Pick Up

Recycle gently used furniture back into the community!

Join Our Royalty Rewards Program!

Join by texting the following thrift stores’ codes to 578-277 and immediately start earning rewards towards your purchases!

Cary: SNC to 578-277

Community Threads: CTRESALE to 578-277

McHenry: SNMH to 578-277

Mundelein: SNMN to 578-277

Palatine: SNP to 578-277

Third Lake: SPARROW1 to 578-277

Woodstock: SPARROW2 to 578-277

Thrift Store Donation Valuation Forms

The Sparrow’s Nest Thrift Stores issue blank receipts at the time of the donation. Donors are responsible for maintaining all tax records as well as assigning values to donated items. To help in the determination of a value of a donation for tax purposes, please access the lists below that give approximate low and high value ranges. These ranges are strictly a general guide to help assess a value on what you have donated.

Exceptions – There are exceptions to these values. Brand new items in original packaging could possibly be worth more than the values provided. Please use your own judgement. Antique items may have a higher value. There are resources available on the internet that may help provide values on Antique items.

Download the Value List Forms below to see valuation of donated items.

Lists are provided in Microsoft Excel (xls) format.

Community Threads Arlington Heights

Sparrow's Nest Cary

Sparrow's Nest McHenry

Sparrow's Nest Mundelein

Sparrow's Nest Palatine

Sparrow's Nest Third Lake

Sparrow's Nest Woodstock