BRGNS operates a thrift store, food shelf, and a furniture store, all conveniently located in downtown Ludlow, VT. To learn more about each location, click the links below or simply scroll down to read about all of them!
We operate a retail thrift store at 37B Main Street (Rt 103), Ludlow, VT.
The thrift store hours are Monday-Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM. We are located in a building next to the Ludlow Community Center. Turn at the military tank that is parked in front of the Community Center.
Follow the dirt driveway to your right, alongside the Community Center, to the rear of the complex. We are in the large brick building at the end of the drive.
Please scroll down or click here for a list of items we do and do not accept
What do we sell?
We sell clothing, shoes, housewares, small appliances, books, toys, games, small furniture and linens. Proceeds from sales are used to pay the operating costs associated with our food and financial assistance programs, and to provide funds to distribute directly to those in need.
NOTE: WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS, CASH OR CHECKS.
Prices change seasonally and are subject to change without notice.
Keep reading below to
see a list of things we do and do not accept as donations.
Where does our merchandise come from?
All of our merchandise is donated by the public. We are a Section 501 (c)(3) charity and donations are tax deductible. We accept donations as outlined below, but we reserve the right to refuse any items that we cannot sell. Please read the "Thrift Store Donation Guidelines" below for more details.
While we appreciate intent of all who wish to give us items, we do find that broken, torn, stained and worn out items actually cost us time and effort to dispose of. Please use good judgment in donating to us. We have had to throw away many, many donations because they were left outside in the weather. We are happy to arrange for large donations at a mutually convenient time. Please call us at (802) 228-3663.
Black River Good Neighbor Services greatly appreciates the generous outpouring of donations we receive on a daily basis. We would like to be able to take any and all donations that come in. However, our customers trust in us to sell safe items that are in good/working condition. We must pay to dispose of items that do not meet these standards and it is at the expense of our many other programs that we offer. We appreciate our customers and communities continued support and understanding, and if there are any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 802-228-3663.
Items we CANNOT accept at any time
Cribs, car seats, booster seats, diaper genies
Downhill/cross country skis, ski boots or ski poles
Major appliances (washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers)
Computers, stereos, cordless phones, cell phones
Chain saws or other gas driven power equipment
Electric blankets, heating pads, or portable heaters (electric, kerosene or propane)
Humidifiers or de-humidifiers, air conditioning units
Televisions (of any size), VCRs, DVD players, game systems
Items that are broken, chipped, stained, ripped or not in good usable/working condition.
VHS tapes, floral vases, ironing boards, suitcases
Items we CAN accept during regular business hours
Small appliances in clean, good/working condition, microwaves (not older than 10 years), toaster ovens, coffee pots)
Women’s, men’s, children’s clothing (any season), CANNOT be stained, ripped, outdated, have any missing/broken zippers, or buttons and cannot have an odor of moth balls, wood or cigarette smoke. Items cannot smell of attics, basements cat urine or marijuana.
Dishes, pots/pans, glasses/mugs, CANNOT be chipped or broken and must be in complete sets. Pots/pans- in good condition, no dents, Teflon intact, no scratches.
Toys, puzzles, games.
Lamps, books, NO dictionaries, textbooks, encyclopedias.
Other items at the discretion of the employee receiving the item during time of drop off.
Pictures/prints (not faded) and frames (in good condition only).
Book Donation Guidelines
Hardcover or paperbacks - Must be printed in the last 10 years or classics, rare and antique books that are in good condition
Books on CD
Children’s Books - Picture books, easy readers
Middle school and teens - Novels, graphic books and comic books.
We do NOT accept:
All books must be clean. No yellowing, no smell, no writing or highlighting.
We operate a food shelf for residents within our service area. We are at 37B Main Street (Rt 103), Ludlow, VT.
The food shelf hours are Monday-Friday 10 AM-3 PM by appointment only. Please call 802-228-3663 for an appointment.
We are located in a building next to the Ludlow Community Center. Turn at the military tank that is parked in front of the Community Center.
Follow the dirt driveway to your right, alongside the Community Center, to the rear of the complex. We are in the large brick building at the end of the drive. Please scroll down to learn more about the food shelf and how it services our community.
About the Food Shelf
Black River Good Neighbor Services’ Food Shelf is open to income-eligible residents of Ludlow, Mt. Holly, Belmont, Cavendish, Proctorsville and Plymouth. We administer U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) food distribution programs, but separate and apart from these USDA programs, we will give food to anyone who demonstrates a real need. Distribution of food is limited to any family/household once a month, but no matter what the circumstance we let no one go hungry.
We work very hard to offer variety and balance to what we distribute to food shelf clients. Many live on a fixed income and could possibly go hungry if we did not make supplemental foods available to them. From our food shelf we distribute food through the USDA’s Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides to food items to qualified applicants each month. We distribute this food twice a month and add a substantial amount of a balanced variety of shelf stable canned and packaged food, meats or fish, and fresh produce. We also distribute food from USDA’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program.
Our Community Cares
Our food shelf works with area organizations and churches offering free community meals. Food for the meals is provided by BRGNS, while folks from the organizations and churches prepare and serve the meals.
Organizations that have offered meals include the Ludlow Fire Department, and area churches that have offered meals are the Ludlow Baptist Church, Church of the Annunciation, Holy Name of Mary Church, St. James United Methodist Church, and the United Church of Ludlow.
We operate a furniture store located at
105 Main Street (Rt 103), Ludlow, VT.
The furniture store hours are Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM.
Our building is white with a red roof and was once a fire house for the village of Ludlow!
For a map of where we are located and to get directions from your location, please click here.
Furniture Store Information
We sell all manner of furniture – kitchen tables, chairs, couches, bookcases, end tables, lamps, recliners. We do NOT sell any bedding items (mattresses, box springs or headboards). Since all of our furniture is donated, we do not have all items all of the time. So if you are in need of a particular item, please keep checking with us.
To see our donation guidelines, please scroll down or click here.
Proceeds from furniture sales are used to defray the operating costs associated with our food and financial assistance programs, and to provide funds to distribute directly to those in need. All of our merchandise is donated by the public.
Since we are a Section 501(c)(3) charity, donations are tax deductible. We accept donations of furniture in good, resalable condition during store hours. We reserve the right to refuse any donation. We do require that photos of furniture you would like to donate are emailed to us so we can determine if the items are salable. Please email us with pictures at: email@example.com.
Donations are accepted between the hours of 10 AM - 3 PM on the days we are open. If you have furniture to donate, the first step is to send photos of those items to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will determine if the items are acceptable. Donations left in our parking area are generally thrown away and this costs us time and money that can be better spent on food and assistance programs. Please do not leave items outside the store at any time. Call (802) 228-3663 to arrange for donations.
Furniture Store Donation Information
Items are accepted by calling in advance 802-228-3663.
Prior to dropping off furniture items, we must have photos of items wishing to be donated.
Pictures may be emailed to: email@example.com.
Our Furniture Store business hours are: Friday, Saturday & Monday,10 AM - 4 PM
We accept the following items:
Dressers and side tables
Dining room tables, chairs, sideboards
Coffee tables, end tables, miscellaneous chairs and tables
Other items will be accepted at the discretion of the store employee receiving the item.
We do NOT accept entertainment centers, mattresses, bed frames or beds.
All items must be in GOOD, SALEABLE condition.
Any furniture item requiring a pick up please call the thrift store at 802-228-3663.
Kindly note we use volunteers for pick-ups so advance notice is required and may be limited.
Thrift store and Food Shelf
37B Main Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
105 Main Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
Thrift store and Food Shelf
Mon - Sat
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat
10:00 am – 4:00 pm