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Treasures Await at The Shop's Clearance Sale

December 17, 2021

By Caron Blitz

For special treasures and unique, handmade gifts—many at greatly reduced prices during the January after-holiday clearance sale—look no farther than The Shop at the Center! As a one-time offer, mention this article and you will receive an extra 10% off your purchase.


Located just inside the entrance of North Shore Senior Center (NSSC), it’s easy to browse in the store or drop off donations.

“Our customers love The Shop and the great things they find here,” said Rose Carroll, who oversees The Shop and directs the Center’s arts and crafts programs. “They are always impressed with the quality of what we have and how nice everything looks. It is not your typical resale shop. We need people to spread the word about what a great place The Shop is for discovering unique treasures.”

Now Shop 24/7!

Rose pointed out popular items for sale including designer jewelry, paintings by well-known artists, classic glassware, vintage purses and finds for collectors such as a Millennium Bride Barbie doll. You can shop online to see new pieces added on a regular basis. Visit www.nssc.org and click on “The Shop.” Click away, pay online and get your purchases in-store or at curbside pick-up. 

All sale proceeds directly benefit NSSC; so with each purchase, you directly empower older adults and their families. In 2021, The Shop raised $40,000 for funding toward the Center’s programming.

As the new year kicks off and you would like to lift the spirits of friends and families, here’s the perfect gift: Damnit It Dolls.

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.

When you visit The Shop, remember to bring your much-appreciated donations. Please drop off your items at the Center’s Lifelong Learning office and kindly do not leave them in The Shop.

Donation Yes List

Drop off donations of the following new or gently used (preferably upscale) items during regular Shop hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday):

Vintage items

Jewelry and accessories




Home décor

Donation No List

Due to space limitations, the following cannot be accepted for donation:


Computers and electronics

Clothing and shoes


Shopping Is Easy and Safe

Safely shop The Shop. All visitors are required to wear masks and socially distance, and must show proof of vaccination upon entering the building.

The Shop at the Center

Hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday - Friday

161 Northfield Road, Northfield


Email: theshop@nssc.org

As a 60+ Savvy Shopper living in Riverwoods, Caron Blitz gets what folks our age looks 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. 

Email: SavvyShopperColumn@gmail.com