Almost Free Shop

2013 Volunteer IMPACT of the Year Award

The Almost Free Shop is operated by volunteers from the United Methodist Women (UMW). All items sold from the shop have been donated by members of our community and include:

  • clothing—sizes for all ages,
  • toys,
  • seasonal decorations,
  • household merchandise and
  • tools.

The UMW sort, organize and display these items for sale. Most clothing items are sold for fifty cents or less. The Almost Free Shop also provides the donated items free to our brothers and sisters in need.

Financial assistance with income from the Almost Free Shop is distributed by need to different community and national service projects.  Some of those receiving recent funding were

  • Helping Hands Food Pantry,
  • KAMA,
  • The Nest,
  • Crisis Intervention,
  • Bidwell Riverside,
  • Iowa Nigeria Partnership,
  • Haiti Disaster Relief Fund,
  • Sudan Emergency,
  • End of Month Meals in Knoxville,
  • Community Action,
  • Montgomery Street Preschool, and
  • donations of clothing, mittens, hats, coats, and scarves to the local elementary schools.

The UMW financially assists with the purchasing, sorting, organizing, packaging and delivering of donated health kits, school kits and layettes packages to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). These kits are given to African Countries in need and the American Red Cross for distribution to victims of fire, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. Each year hundreds of kits worth thousands of dollars are sent to those in need.

Volunteers are always welcomed to help serve our brothers and sisters.


Monday 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Tuesday 9:00 am – Noon

Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Donations are accepted during open business hours in the alley)