The Otterbein Thrift Shop
Location: 177 W. Park St. Westerville, OH
Note: We are closed for the summer.
We will begin accepting donations of the back porch of the shop on August 1, 2021. The Thrift Shop will reopen on Wednesday, August 18, 2021.
Hours: Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) & Saturdays (10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Closed annually between Christmas and New Year’s Day and each summer (approx. mid-June through mid-August).
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.
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.
As of September 2019, more than one million dollars has been raised.