The Otterbein Thrift Shop

Location: 177 W. Park St. Westerville, OH

Hours: Closed until further notice (more info below)

Cash or check only, please; no credit cards accepted.

The Otterbein Thrift Shop is operated by the Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club (W.O.W.C.) to serve Otterbein University. Proceeds go directly to the University to support seven endowed scholarships and The Diamond Jubilee Grant. Capital Project gifts are given to support the mission and strategic plan of Otterbein University.

We Are Closed for COVID-19 Prevention

Out of respect for the health and safety of all of our supporters, the Otterbein Thrift Shop will be closed until further notice. We are not accepting donations at this time.

Please watch this page for further updates and thank you for your support during this challenging time.

Community Connections

The Thrift Shop is a charitable organization under 501(c) (3) of the IRS Code for exempt purposes.

The Club has donated merchandise to the annual Staff Assembly Holiday Auction. We also have participated in RecycleMania, and campus “fairs” to publicize our philosophy of reusing, and recycling that contributes to campus sustainability efforts.

The Thrift Shop cooperates with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry (W.A.R.M.) to provide clothing certificates that allow free shopping for outfits for individuals and families in need.

About the Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club

The Westerville Otterbein Women’s Club was founded in 1921 for the purpose of raising funds for Otterbein and her students. Initially, funds were raised through bake sales and rummage sales. In 1952 the first thrift shop opened in the basement of Cowan Hall. After the basement in Cowan flooded, the shop was temporarily moved to a room in Towers, eventually to a house on Maple Street, and in the 1970s to its home at 177 W. Park Street.

Thrift Store

As of September 2019, more than one million dollars has been raised.