Assistance League
Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn

Assistance League Thrift Shop at the Way Side Inn is the primary source of funding for Assistance League of Diablo Valley’s philanthropic programs. The shop is staffed entirely by member volunteers of the chapter who receive, sort, price, display and sell donations from the community.


3521 Golden Gate Way
Lafayette, CA  94549
(925) 284-4781

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For a directory of thrift stores in our community, see the Thrift Shop Trail Guide.

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Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
We have a “NO RETURN” policy on all items purchased


Before we accept donations, we need to review them for health, safety and space available. Donations accepted: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 pm to 4:00 pm or until full.

How we process your donatons…

Thrift Shop Donation Guidelines

Unpacking Donations


In August of 1978, Assistance League of Diablo Valley purchased the historical building in Lafayette known as the Way Side Inn from Shirley Medau for $120,000. Revenue the first year was $30,604.In 1980 a costume rental section was added. Customers were plentiful and sales were increasing.

All that turned to ashes with a fire in the building on November 25, 1980. Within two months a location was found to open temporarily and the thrift shop was back in business.

Assistance League Thrift Shop reopened at the Way Side Inn in just over a year. In 1994 the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Way Side Inn building was held with a community open house.

In 2007 the difficult decision was made to discontinue costume rentals. In the space once utilized by costume rental, there is now more room for small furniture, books and art work.

Sales continue to grow each year. This success is due to the teamwork of the many members who contribute their time and effort. The quality of the merchandise at bargain prices and careful attention to displays and maintenance, creates an inviting atmosphere that brings customers back time and again.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley is grateful for the support of the community and counts on generous donations and regular shoppers to continue its successful history.