The Closet

Of The Greater Herndon Area Incorporated


The Closet is a nonprofit thrift shop in the heart of historic downtown Herndon, Virginia.

The Closet was founded in 1974 by a handful of churches to assist low-income families by selling used clothing at nominal prices. Over the years, our mission has expanded and we have become a significant resource for the greater Herndon area. We continue to be a source of low-cost clothing and household necessities for families and individuals on a tight budget. We also give away clothing at no cost to truly needy individuals, and we use our profits to support worthwhile community programs. Items we are unable to sell are donated to needy communities in the western part of the state.

Special Summer Shopping Nights

5-8 p.m. every Thursday

June, July, and August, 2014

The Closet sells a wide variety of donated items, including men, women, and children's clothes and shoes; house wares such as dishes, kitchenware and linens; electronics; sporting goods; books, videos, cd's and record albums; artwork and frames; toys; and knickknacks.


We encourage community involvement by offering residents the opportunity to donate and to volunteer. We are blessed with an abundance of donations and a coterie of devoted workers.

Except for about a dozen paid employees, most of our help comes from volunteers. Many of our volunteers are from one of our 22 member congregations in the Herndon, Reston, Sterling and Oakton area. Some younger age volunteers are local middle and high school students earning their community service hours. Others are loyal shoppers who believe in our mission.

We'd love to have you join us behind the scenes. To volunteer, call The Closet and talk to Store Manager Aaron Sawyer, or just stop by at 845 Station Street, Herndon, Va.

Collectors and antiques buffs like to check The Closet's shelves for unusual books, plates and collectibles. Bargain hunters often find brand-new or never-used merchandise at a fraction of the retail price. On shopping days, eager shoppers often begin lining up outside before the store opens at 10 a.m.

To donate items, drop by Monday thru Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please only donate items that are in good useable condition. We can't accept some items because of space limitations, or health department regulations. (Click on How to Donate for more details.) If in doubt, call us ahead of time at 703 437-7652.

The Closet of Greater Herndon annually gives away nearly $55,000 worth of clothing and necessities to needy persons referred by authorized social service agencies, or one of our member congregations. Additionally, in just the past six years— 2008-2013— we gave nearly $400,000 in direct cash donations to Herndon, Sterling and Western Fairfax area non profit community groups and programs. Since our founding in 1974 our cash grants to non profit groups, and for high school scholarships to five area secondary schools, are well in excess of $2,500,000.

We have been able to make the large aggregate level of cash donations because of the strong community support we have received faithfully for the past 40 years in the form of clothing donations, robust retail store purchases, the many generous financial gifts received, very able staff support, and always strong volunteer commitment. Thank you! We sincerely value and appreciate your continued support.

Store Hours:

Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
10am — 2pm

Donation Hours:

Monday — Saturday
8am — 3pm

We are not open on Sundays,
federal holidays, the day after Thanksgiving
and week of Christmas and New Year

Location Address:

845 Station Street
Herndon, VA 20170

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 42
Herndon, VA 20172

Telephone: (703) 437-7652