- 2021 Posts
- Putting Your Right Shoe Forward
- Caregiver Specialists: Your Personal Guide Along Care Journey Path
- Executive Director: Gala Postponed until Spring 2022
- Executive Director: Face Coverings Required Starting August 2
- How to Get Started Refreshing Your Home
- Why it's Important to Have a Will
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information
- "Senior Scams" featured in Caregiving magazine
- Executive Director: What you can expect at NSSC starting Jun 14
- The Shop at the Center: The North Shore's Best Kept Secret
- Bridge Phase Update: A Message from the Executive Director
- Do’s and Don’ts as You Re-Enter Stores
- Easing Their Way Back: How NSSC members are slowly returning to pre-pandemic normalcy
- Medicare and COVID-19
- Easing Your Way Back to Normal
- Ways Caregivers Can Strengthen Connections & Reduce Loneliness
- A Change in Seasons Can Bring a Change in Moods
- New Act Provides Relief for Pandemic Weary Individuals
- Something to Think About
- Do I Hear an Echo? Smart Home Devices Can Make Life Safer and Easier
- "Senior Financial Abuse" as featured in Caregiving Magazine
- Annual Report - FY20
- 2021 New Year Message from Executive Director
- "The U-Shaped Happiness Curve"
- "Everyone Has a Story to Tell. Are You Ready to Share Your Life Story?"
+ 2020 Posts
- "Maximize Your Personal Connections and Minimize the Holiday Blues"
- "Resilience & Aging"
- Self-Care Tips for the Family Caregiver
- Sharing Gratitude During Thanksgiving from Our Executive Director
- NSSC Awarded Chicago Top Workplace
- 'Exercise’ Your Commitment to Stay Fit During Pandemic
- How the End of Daylight Saving Time Affects People with Dementia
- Lifelong Learning Virtual Experience: The Next Best Thing to Being at the Center
- Join us for Gala 2020: Unmasked
- Permission Granted: Time to Host the Perfectly Imperfect Wedding
- North Shore Senior Center Featured in Caregiving Magazine!
- What Does 'Medicare for All' Mean?
- Opening Day Slated for July 6!
- North Shore Senior Center Keeps Older Adults And Their Families Connected
- June 15 Update on Center Reopening
- An Open Letter from the Executive Director
- Initial Plans to Re-Open Center
- HSS & Sewa International Donate Masks to NSSC
- May 14 Update from the Executive Director
- The CARES Act Brings Many Changes for Individuals and Businesses
- May 7 Update from the Executive Director
- April 30 Message from the Executive Director
- Celebrating our Volunteers and Senior & Family Services: A Message from the Executive Director
- Celebrating Our Successes: A Message from the Executive Director
- Message from the Executive Director on HOW Programs
- Winnetka Talk: North Shore senior centers turn to technology to connect and entertain
- Message from the Executive Director
- An Update from our Executive Director & Free Online Classes
- A Note to the North Shore Senior Center Community
The Shop at the Center: The North Shore's Best Kept SecretJune 02, 2021
by Caron Blitz
Are you a treasure hunter? Searching for a meaningful place to donate your own treasures? Looking for unique, handmade gifts?
If you answered “yes” then check out the North Shore’s best kept secret: The Shop at the Center.
Located just inside the entrance of North Shore Senior Center (NSSC), it’s easy to browse in the store or drop off donations.
Recently, I visited NSSC for the first time and never knew this gem was nestled a few blocks south of the Northfield Mariano’s at Winnetka and Northfield roads. Within the walls of this sprawling, magnificent building is an art studio, an auditorium, gym, meeting rooms and more.
Now shop 24/7!
Now you can visit The Shop 24/7 from the comfort of your home as well as in person. Visit www.nssc.org and click on “Shop with Us." The online store is regularly updated with vintage, classic and contemporary finds. Click away, pay online, and get your purchases in-store or at curbside pick-up.
“Whether you donate, purchase or both, you are empowering older adults and their families because all sales proceeds directly benefit NSSC,” explained Rose Carroll, who oversees The Shop and directs the Center’s Arts and Crafts programs. “Our volunteers sort, polish, price, and display the merchandise and make friendships along the way so it’s a winning combination. And it’s a delight to see customers revel at the one-of-a-kind treasures including many items handcrafted by our members and volunteers.”
At press time, the kaleidoscope of merchandise includes an acrylic table sculpture by a top artist, a vintage designer handbag, unique serving pieces, and hard-to-find clip-on earrings at bargain prices.
ONE-OF-A-KIND HANDMADE GIFTS:
Folk Art Dolls ($10!)
Sharon, a NSSC volunteer, lovingly makes each doll in varying fabrics. Her dolls are a light-hearted way to help ease the anxiety many of us are feeling after an especially stressful year. Each dolls comes with this poem:
When you’re feeling stressed
And just a little depressed
Just give me a squeeze
And maybe a hug, please
Know happier days are coming.
Don’t worry, Be happy!
Damnit! Dolls ($10!)
These hilarious dolls, each uniquely designed by Machiko in the Sewing Bees Club, comes with the following poem (Great for anger management!):
When you think you want to climb the walls
Or stand right up and shout!
Here’s a little damnit doll you cannot do without;
Just grasp it firmly by the legs,
And find a place to slam it;
Then as you whack the stuffing out, say
DAMNIT! DAMNIT! DAMNIT! @#@%%!
Knitted baby sweaters and blankets ($40 or less!)
Soft, adorable baby sweaters and blankets hand-knitted by Judy and Bonnie make the perfect gifts to welcome special little folks into the world.
Hand-embroidered Tea Towels and Cloth Microwave Potholders ($20 or less!)
Keep several of these unique gifts on hand for your hosts as social gatherings kick up again.
Donation Yes List:
Bring donations of the following new or gently used (preferably upscale) items during regular Shop hours (9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday):
Jewelry and accessories
Donation No List:
Due to space limitations, the following cannot be accepted for donation:
Computers and electronics
Clothing and shoes
Sources for Items The Shop Cannot Accept:
Habitat for Humanity Restore (furniture and appliances)
Chicago Furniture Bank
Chicago Tool Library (tools for building and fixing)
Junk removal companies
Hours: 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
161 Northfield Road, Northfield
As a 60+ Savvy Shopper living in Riverwoods, Caron Blitz gets what folks our age look for in products and is always on the look-out for “fun finds” and the best values. For future columns, she’d love to hear what you, the shopper, would like us to feature. If you are a retailer, let us know what special products and services you offer for older adults.