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The Impossible Dream Thrift Store


"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


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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:

Super Sunday—Check www.facebook.com/YourMission for Weekly Deals!

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

Wednesdays are Wacky Wednesday—Most Clothing is just $.50 and Everything Else is 25% OFF!

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 at very affordable prices. The name was chosen in response to the naysayers who said opening this store was an “impossible dream.”

However, the challenge at 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 (see above) 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:

All dry cloth, clothing, and shoes, even if it’s got a rip, tear or stain!

Wedding and formal dresses

Couches, tables, chairs, dressers and other furniture

Toys and games

Most small sporting goods

Books, movies and bookcases

Working electronics

Small household appliances

Kitchen supplies

Knick knacks

Scrap metal and wire for donation

Pretty much anything you don’t need anymore, but which will be useful to someone else.

Is there anything you don’t take?

Unfortunately, we cannot take CRT or tube televisions, as they are too costly for us to dispose.

Similarly, large fitness equipment, such as stationary bicycles and treadmills.

We cannot take large appliances such as stoves and refrigerators to sell, but we can help you get them recycled.

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. 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.

For clothing, if you know that what your donating is stained or ripped, put an “X” on the bag and it will save our staff and volunteers sorting clothing the hassle of going through these clothes. They will go straight to recycling. Please do not put anything else in bags with clothing, especially not glass items.

In the Mission: Possible Capital Campaign, the contributions of Watertown Savings Bank and Mark & Maria Purcell have been recognized in the naming of the Thrift Store. A contribution from Robert & Jean Sturtz is recognized in the naming of the Cashier Station, and a gift from Kinney Drugs Foundation is remembered in the naming of the Manager’s Office.

Tammy Kirch
Tammy Kirch, Store Manager
Jesse Brown
Jesse Brown, Assistant Manager


Matthew 25:35-36: For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’



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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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