Welcome to the Church Mouse Thrift Stores
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 Winter Hours
15 East Napa
Tues – Fri 11-5 | Sat & Sun 10-5 | Closed Mondays
Agua Caliente Thrift Center
16885 Sonoma Highway
Tues – Fri 11-5 | Sat & Sun 10-5 | Closed Mondays
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- are outdated beyond usefulness (electronics specifically)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- outdated TVs – working FLATSCREENS are acceptable
- outdated computers or printers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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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