Center for International Education and Small Business Development Thrift Store

9922-9944 Rhode Island Ave
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 345-2111
Sun: Noon - 5:00pm
Mon: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tue: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Wed: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Thu: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Fri: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 7:00pm
Having a hard time finding a thrift store these days that’s not over-priced? Want to support a thrift store that donates proceeds to a genuinely good cause in the community? Interested in making a tax-deductible donation to get rid of some things that you know are nice but just don’t use anymore?

The Center for International Education and Small Business Development (C.I.E.S.B.D.) Thrift Store provides shoppers with an opportunity to find second-hand treasures at very affordable prices. It’s a small shop, but it’s literally over-flowing with items for sale from used electronics like TVs, stereos, phones, computers, CDs & DVDs to clothes, shoes, jewelry, and books. You might even get lucky and find a new laser disc player or bicycle!

The thrift store is run by the local non-profit group, Center for International Education and Small Business Development, Inc. Manager Jonathon Mamah declares, “Our mission is to provide educational, health, medical and welfare assistance to underprivileged youths and adults, and to create individual economic opportunities for them.”  C.I.E.S.B.D is dedicated to making a difference, and each purchase and donation counts.

This Hollywood neighborhood thrift store is located on Rhode Island Ave., next to Islamic Garb gallery, and across from Spark of Spirit. It’s a short drive from 495, and is accessible through the lot that it shares with New York Deli, Hollywood Pharmacy, and International Tropical Foods. Curious shoppers who find this tucked away store are sure to discover personal treasures amongst the large selection of donated items that clutter this unique store.

Manager Jonathon Mamah explains how the thrift store benefits the Center for International Education and Small Business Development. “All proceeds from the thrift store benefit the underprivileged in the US and abroad via CIESBD programs.”
Helping at-risk youth is a key component of C.I.E.S.B.D.’s programs. “We provide lunch money, free text books, and graduation money for students in need.”  C.I.E.S.B.D. supports exchange programs “where American children have an opportunity to travel to Africa and learn various cultures” and job training programs, where students are taught skills ranging from landscaping to home improvement to academics, according to Mamah.

The store also helps C.I.E.S.B.D.’s efforts to serve adults in need. “We arrange vehicle donations for the underprivileged, we outfit the homeless with blankets and winter clothing, and we offer resources where senior citizens can learn to use computers, and leave with a free PC,” Mamah says.

C.I.E.S.B.D. sees its thrift store as a key part in its community outreach. Shoppers can arrange to donate items for tax write offs, and, according to assistant manager Ibrahim, “the community benefits by coming here and getting things at a very fair, used price.” Stop on by the C.I.E.S.B.D. thrift store today to learn more about its causes, and how you can help out by making a simple donation or inexpensive purchase.

— Profile by James F. Cooney