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"Where Every Good Deal Is A Good Deed For Your Community"

247 Factory Street
Watertown, NY 13601

Mission Phone: (315) 782-8440
Thrift Store Phone: (315) 782-0090
Fax: (315) 782-8441




Store Hours:

May - October: Monday – Friday, 9 AM - 7 PM

Saturdays, 9 AM - 6 PM

Sundays, Noon - 5 PM

November- April: Monday – Saturday, 9 AM - 6 PM

Sundays, Noon-5 PM

Weekly Specials:

Tuesdays are Senior Citizen (55+) Discount Day—20 % off

Wednesdays are Wacky Wednesday—See Our Facebook page for Weekly Deals!

Thursdays are Military Appreciation Day—20% off for active and retired military


The Story of a Dream:

The Impossible Dream Thrift Store opened in November 1973 with the intent of providing “time-tested furniture,” “experienced clothing,” and more affordable prices. The name was chosen in response to the naysayers who said opening this store was an “impossible dream.” The reality, however, is that the challenge to fund its opening was met by tremendous community support and the store is still going strong nearly 40 years later.

In the fall of 1974, the Watertown Urban Mission took over the store. Its location has moved several times with the big move coming in 2003 when the store and the Watertown Urban Mission’s programs moved into the current location at 247 Factory St. The store is now the largest locally run thrift store in Jefferson County with the proceeds of every sale supporting the Mission.

The Impossible Dream is for everyone
. With a great selection and low prices, every bargain conscious shopper can find a great deal. And whether you shop with us, donate items for our inventory, or both, you are giving your neighbor a hand up to overcome life’s challenges.

It’s true when we say that the Impossible Dream is
“Where Every Good Deal is a Good Deed for Your Community.”

How do I donate to The Impossible Dream Thrift Store?

We accept donations during store hours (M-F 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.) at the concrete loading dock behind the Mission and the Store at 247 Factory St.

Do you pick up items?

Absolutely. We will gladly schedule a pick up for your furniture donations (and other items you may want to send along with it). Our truck has scheduled routes throughout the county as well, so if you can’t transport your items, just give us a call at 782-0090 and we’ll do all that we can to make sure your items find a new home and support what we do here at the Watertown Urban Mission..

What do you take at the thrift store?

Great donations include:

Clean clothes, linens and sheets

Toys, sporting goods and games

Couches, tables, chairs, dressers

     with parts and instructions

     and other furniture

Just about anything in usable

Books, movies and bookcases

     condition that you don’t need

     Electronics, small household
     appliances, and kitchen supplies

     anymore, but which will be useful
     to someone else.

Is there anything you don’t take?

we cannot take large appliances such as stoves and refrigerators. Also because of government regulations, cribs and car seats are another item we regretfully cannot take.

Other than that, we just kindly request that donations not include broken electrical appliances, outdated computers, broken or incomplete toys and games, cracked or broken dishes and glasses, and soiled or torn clothing. Old, gently worn, even outdated—or vintage—items can be sold easily, but when we receive items that are not sellable because they are damaged when they come to us, it costs us money to throw them away, so thank you for your consideration.

If you can bring your donation in a clear plastic bag or open containers, it makes life easier for our sorters.


Tammy Kirch, Store Manager

Joyce Hale, Assistant Manager



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247 Factory Street Watertown, NY 13601
Mission Phone: (315) 782-8440 Fax: (315) 782-8441 Thrift Store Phone: (315) 782-0090

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