Welcome to the Church Mouse Thrift Stores

Founded in May 1966, the St. Francis Solano Thrift Program was established as the support group for the education programs of the parish. For many years the organization sponsored very successful semi-annual rummage sales. On July 13, 1976, the first Church Mouse Thrift shop was opened, fully planned, decorated, staffed and stocked by volunteers.

On November 13, 1979, the second Church Mouse opened on the Sonoma Plaza. Finally, an all-under-one-roof workshop, donation and sales center was planned. This new store, the Thrift Center, a 6,000 square foot modular steel building, was erected in Aqua Caliente. It opened for business in 1984.

Combining the talents of parishioners, retirees, parents, grandparents, students & friends, the Church Mouse has grown into a thriving business dedicated to the support of more than 450 students in Sonoma Valley.

Using its organization and facilities, the Church Mouse has become a distribution center and conduit for donations all over the region.

A Sonoma Valley tradition since 1979, and located on Sonoma’s historic Plaza, this store is a hidden gem amidst fine & casual dining venues, wine tasting shops, clothing stores, real estate offices, and gift shops. This location carries an array of curated odds and ends and high-end clothing, shoes, accessories.

Please note, we do not accept donations at this location, but we take them Tuesday through Saturday at our Thrift Center location at 16885 Sonoma Highway.

Downtown Sonoma Plaza
15 East Napa
Weekdays 11-5 | Sat & Sun 10-5

(707) 938-9797

 

A thrift destination since it opened for business in 1984, this location is our donation and sorting, as well as sales location. This store carries a wide array of every item imaginable: furniture, clothing (baby, children, women & men), hardware, electronics, shoes, purses, holiday items, sporting goods, cookware & kitchenware, toys, crafts, books, frames, and anything else you can imagine.

Agua Caliente Thrift Center
16885 Sonoma Highway
Tues – Fri 11-5 | Sat & Sun 10-5 | Closed Mondays

(707) 996-5115

 

Bring your clothing, furniture, antiques, collectibles to our Thrift Center location Tuesday through Saturday during our normal business hours. Your donations are tax deductible! The Church Mouse is a 501(c)3 organization.

We also will arrange a pick up! Items MUST be pre-screened and all large item donations are subject to space availability. Pickups are scheduled on Wednesdays or Thursdays, subject to driver availability. Call (707) 996-5115 to schedule or obtain more information. Pictures of your furniture can be emailed to churchmousesonoma@gmail.com.

We do understand the old adage “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” but there are some items that we don’t accept, and thus we hope you understand that we cannot accept ALL donations. Items that have any of the following characteristics, are unacceptable donations:

  • have stains or tears
  • are covered in pet/animal hair
  • are not in working condition (broken parts, chipped, cracked, etc.)
  • are outdated beyond usefulness (electronics specifically)
  • we cannot resell (car seats, mattresses, weapons, etc.)

Items we do not accept:

  • mattresses or box springs
  • outdated TVs – working FLATSCREENS are acceptable
  • outdated computers or printers
  • entertainment centers
  • broken or dirty kitchenware or with broken parts
  • baby seats or cribs
  • couches or arm chairs unless approved by the manager (our space is VERY limited and our intake of these items is therefore VERY limited as well)
  • sleeping pillows unless new (throw cushions are ok)
  • damaged luggage – no tears, must have working zippers
  • metal filing cabinets
  • weapons

Solutions to consider for items we cannot accept:

  • there are locations throughout the county that will take some items for free that are considered recyclable. Check the county website for more info.
  • Craigslist is a GREAT place for getting rid of items for FREE. What people won’t buy because of blemishes, they will sometimes take off your hands for free. There are other sites like Nextdoor where you can post items for sale or for free. Facebook has Sonoma Valley Hitch & Barter, Sonoma Garage Sales & Trade, and many more
  • For people interested in assisting fire victims of the October 2017 Northbay fires, Facebook has a page dedicated to the fires and fire victims. It’s called Sonoma Valley Fire Updates 2017. It’s EXTREMELY active and posts can be made for items people would like to give to fire victims.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

St. Francis Church Mouse Thrift Stores have volunteer opportunities at both of our stores. If you enjoy working with the public and have good customer services skills, we have the job for you. Job duties would include making sales, answering the telephone, tagging and pricing merchandise and stocking. We would schedule 3-4 hour shifts, once a week on the day that you are available. If you are interested in working with friendly, caring people and helping support St. Francis Solano School, please contact the Thrift Center at (707) 996-5115.

St. Francis Family Volunteer Hours

The Church Mouse has provided a continuing, substantial subsidy to St. Francis Solano School for more than 30 years. St. Francis Solano School is the only Catholic school in the Diocese blessed to be subsidized by a thrift store. Family volunteer hours make the difference.

Each St. Francis Solano school family commits to 2 hours of volunteer work per student, per month. Hours can be completed in any of the stores or by picking up work to take home. Grandparents, in-laws, aunts, uncles, and friends may help families achieve their hours. Family hours can now be scheduled online at Signup Zone. If you re interested in scheduling more than 2 hours per month (either because you have more than one student attending school, or because you’d like to get some of your hours finished ahead of time, please email sonomachurchmouse@gmail.com.

8th Grade Service Hours

Each 8th Grade student is required to fulfill 15 hours at the Church Mouse. Service hours are volunteer hours – not paid. Students are encouraged to work at the stores in pairs or to schedule take home work.

Every June 1st, an individual sign-in sheet is prepared for each 8th grader and are located in a binder at each Church Mouse location. Please use the 8th grade sign-in sheet with your own name on it when working your hours at the Church Mouse. These hours are separate from each family’s volunteer hours.

Each 8th grader is responsible to contact the Church Mouse location of his/her choice to schedule required hours.

 

Thrift Center (707) 996-5115

Sonoma Plaza (707) 938-9797

Visit us at either our north valley Thrift Center location at 16885 Sonoma Highway or at our downtown Plaza location at 15 East Napa Street.

Don’t Get Caught In a Pinch

Are you ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Come into either location, our Downtown store on the Plaza or the Thrift Center in Agua Caliente, and pick up something green to show your Irish spirit as we rev up to  “Éirinn go Brách” on Saturday March 17th. Both stores have an assortment of green clothing, jewelry, and other knick-knacks to highlight the Irish holiday.

 

Valentines Day is Almost Here & So Are Some Sweet Deals!

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and our two locations are showing their love with some very sweet deals in honor of the holiday known for chocolate, roses, hearts, and smooches!

Our Downtown store on the Plaza is slashing ALL clothing and clothing accessories by 50%, starting on the actual Holiday of Love, February 14. This end of season sale is the perfect opportunity to snag that Gucci blouse you’ve been eyeballing, or that pair of Dolce & Gabbana slacks that no one has scooped up yet. Our Downtown store features many high-end brands and quality goods, so this sale is the perfect time for you to get a steal of a deal on some gently used, beautiful clothing and clothing accessories. Stop by the store today to stake out your claim for our upcoming sale.


If you’re a frequent shopper at our Thrift Center in Agua Caliente, you may have noticed the store has been undergoing some changes. We listened to what our customers said, and we are lowering our prices on our inventory. We are also reorganizing our space to make it a little easier to see what items there are throughout the store.

Currently, our Valentine section is front & center when you enter our front doors, and starting Tuesday, February 6th all Valentine inventory is 50% off! Can that be right?! Eight days before Valentine’s Day we are slashing our holiday inventory? You bet. And, in fact, if you are the betting sort, you can wait until Sunday February 11th because that is when all Valentine inventory will be slashed to 90% off. Are we crazy? Maybe…but we like to think that we’d rather YOU get an awesome deal and clear our shelves for even more unique and fun thrifty goods.

About 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year. This makes it the second largest seasonal card sending time of the year.

 

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