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Special events at the Shop! 

We are closed on Thanksgiving Day but  reopen with extended hours Friday, November 27th for "Orange and Black Day"---shop with us from 10-4 that day!

We will be closed on Saturday, November 28th.

In December we will have markdown on Saturday, December 12th and will be open for sales the following week, December 15th-18th.  Winter break is December 19th through January 4th.

Grants applications will be available on the web and in the Thrift Shop on January 5th, 2016, and must be returned to the Shop by noon on Friday, January 29th. 

The Thrift Shop is now on Facebook!  Come visit us (and "Like" us) there at "OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop"!  Lots of new and timely posts.   www.facebook.com/OSUThriftShop

About Us:

OSU Folk Club 1908-2015:  "Faculty Women and Faculty Wives/Partners United in Friendship and Service"

The OSU Folk Club, founded in 1908, is celebrating 107 years of continuous friendship and service. 

The Folk Club wecomes you to the OSU community, whether you are new, returning, or have been here for a while.  If you are looking for ways to met people and perhaps do some volunteering, the OSU Folk Club might be the answer.  We don't do folk dances or sing folk songs, but we do get together as volunteer workers and to enjoy each other's company for learning and just for fun.

We are an organization of current or former OSU women employees, wives/female partners of OSU employees and workers at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop who are united in friendship and service.  The Folk Club's nearly 300 members stay connected and active through interest groups and programs both entertaining and educational.  The Folk Club offers various programs, usually 7 times  during the year,  with lunches, entertainment and informative seminars that are open to members and their guests.  We also have interest groups-- in addition to volunteering at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop, there are activity groups such as Hiking/Walking, Menuettes, OSU Folk Club/OSU Crossroads Scholar Friendship Coffees,  and several Book Clubs.  Our periodic newsletter, the Fanfare, keeps our members informed of these activities. 

Many of our members volunteer at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop.  The OSU Folk Club owns and operates the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop at 144 NW 2nd Street in downtown Corvallis. The shop was started in 1949 and is still thriving with the efforts of of 150 volunteers working each week.  It was started by  Betty Slegel in the basements of Dot Butts MacGregor and Martha Mumford.  Today, OSU and the community continue to benefit from the thousands of volunteer hours put in at the Thrift Shop by Folk Club members.  We consign and sell a great variety of second-hand items such as clothing, toys, house wares, hardware, bikes and small furniture.  Please come visit our shop!  We can help you furnish your apartment or house or dress your family at a very reasonable cost.  Our merchandise comes from consignments and donations.  The Thrift Shop also awards about $120,000 a year in scholarships and grants.

Would you like to volunteer? If you fit the membership eligibility criteria below, click here for Thrift Shop Volunteer Application! 


Eligibility for Membership:  Please note new membership criteria

Membership in the OSU Folk Club shall be open to all current or former OSU women employees, wives/female partners of OSU employees and workers at the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop.  

If interested in membership, plase contact Mary Ann Matzke, maryann.matzke@gmail.com 

Annual dues:

Our annual dues are $20 and payable to our 2015-2016 treasurer:  Mary Ann Matzke, 29598 NE Weslinn Dr., Corvallis, OR 97333.

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation:

The OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization which awards scholarships totaling approximately $67,500 per year in 2015 to 25 students attending Oregon State University and 41 grants totaling $49,548 per year in 2015 to non-profit organizations serving Benton County, Oregon, residents. These are made possible by proceeds from the OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop and by donations from individuals or organizations. 

The OSU Folk Club and the Thrift Shop have offered scholarships every year since 1930 and the first grants were given in 1949.  A list of scholarships and grants awarded in 2013 will be available through a link on this site soon. 

Donations which will help continue these efforts may be sent to:  OSU Folk Club Thrift Shop Foundation, 144 NW 2nd St., Corvallis, OR 97330.


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