Link to Volunteer Sign Ups By School

Dear Volunteers,

Thank you for taking the time to volunteer at Big Blue Bargains Thrift Shop.  We would not be as successful as we are without your time commitment. 

One of the benefits of volunteering is that you receive half off your purchases.  Boutique, items marked ‘firm’ and other items may be excluded.  Due to the high volume of donations keeping us busy, our lack of storage space and to keep things equitable, we have come up with the following policies when it comes to purchases:

  • Half off applies only on the day you volunteer
  • In order to receive half off, you must work at least a 2 hour shift
  • Payment is due on the day of purchase
  • We are no longer able to hold items without payment

We routinely mark down boutique and ‘firm’ items that haven’t sold within a reasonable time period.  These items are displayed in the front of the store.  If something has caught your eye be sure to keep checking back!

Thank you for your understanding and your continued support!

Big Blue Bargains Thrift Shop Board

Volunteer Schedules by School & Sign Up Coordinator

Middle School-Jen Townsend –
2015: Jan. 21, 24  Feb. 25, 28  April 1, 4  May 6, 9  June 10, 13  July 15, 18  Aug. 19, 22
Link to Sign Up Genius Page:

High School – Susan Gambale-
2015: Jan. 28, 31 Mar. 4, 7  April 22, 25  May 13, 16  June 17, 20  July 22, 25  Aug. 26, 29
Link to Sign Up Genius Page:

Stanley- Julie Phaneuf-
2014: Nov. 12, 15
2015: Jan. 3  Feb. 4, 7  Mar 11, 14  April 15  May 20, 23  June 24, 27  July 29,  Aug. 1
Link to Sign Up Genius Page:

Hadley- Val Sweeney-
2015: Jan. 7, 10 Feb. 11  Mar. 18, 21  May 27, 30  Aug. 5, 8
Link to Sign Up Genius Page:

Clarke-Allison Duffy-
2015: Jan. 14, 17 Mar. 25, 28  April 29, May 1  June 3, 6  July 8, 11   Aug. 12, 15
Link to Sign Up Genius Page:


Current News

Spring is here! We are starting to get out sports wear and working on moving along winter items.  Check out our Facebook Page for information on upcoming sales.  We’ve started a few already!

About Us

Big Blue Bargains opened their doors in January 2012 after two years of planning.  We benefit the Swampscott Public Schools by providing a continuous resource of funds to enhance cultural enrichment programs.  We benefit the Swampscott Community by providing the residents a way to recycle and reuse items locally that may have otherwise been thrown out or sent to another charity.  When visiting Big Blue Bargains, you can expect to find gently used clothing and accessories for adults and children.  We also have books, dvds, sports equipment, unique and antique items, and a variety of household goods and decorations.

The thrift shop is thriving due to the dedication of the weekly volunteers, the committment of the board members and their many years of volunteer contributions in the Swampscott Public Schools system and the Community, and all of our customers.  Stop by…you never know what you’ll find!

Raising $$ for the Swampscott Public Schools, working with the community to recycle & reuse!

Hours, Location & Contact Info

Store hours:
Wednesday,  9:00am-11:00am
Saturday, 9:00am-1:00pm

2015 days we are closed:

January 3 (Sat)

February 14 (Sat), 18 (Wed), 21 (Sat)

April 18 (Sat), 22 (Wed), 25 (Sat)

July 1 (Wed), 4 (Sat)

September 5 (Sat)

November 25 (Wed), 28 (Sat)

December 23 (Wed), 26 (Sat), 30 (Wed)

Store location:
We are located on the backside of the Swampscott Middle School on 207 Forest Avenue,  Swampscott, MA 01907.  Enter the parking lot by our sign and continue around the building where you will see the Big Blue Bargains door.

Contact info:
Email us at
Like our Facebook page Big Blue Bargains
Check out items we have listed on eBay – BigBlueBargains2012



Please check with us if you are unsure of your donation item before dropping it off


Clothing, New in package socks & undergarments, Footwear, Books, Puzzles, Games, Sports equipment (no ski’s or ski boots), Small furniture, Jewelry, Household decorations and items, Etc.


Appliances   Printers
Baby equipment   Ski’s and ski boots
College text books   Stereos
Computers   Suitcase & garment bags
Golf clubs   Televisions
Large exercise equipment   Toys that don’t meet CPS guidelines
Perishables   VHS tapes
Personal care items    List updated 10/2013


Gently used, Not torn, Clean,  Have all pieces/parts, Not broken, In good working order

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