DCA Thrift Shop window celebrates Saturday’s royal wedding

The DCA Thrift Shop displaying the Royal Wedding window in honor of Prnce Harry’s wedding to American Meghan Markle on Saturday at Windsor Castle. — Susan Shultz photo

DCA Thrift Shop manager Carol Smith is enthusiastic about all things royal — which makes sense since she’s a native of England.

The shop barely had time to redo the royal baby window after the birth of a son, the third child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, in late April, before getting ready for the royal wedding window.

Prince Harry, Prince William’s younger brother, is set to marry Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19. The event is set to start approximately 6 a.m. Eastern time.

Smith will be having a celebration of her own along with the royal wedding. She is heading to Boston Friday to celebrate her birthday with her children. But of course, part of the birthday festivities will include watching the royal wedding ceremony.

The windows are designed by volunteer Christine Keane, with some input from Smith. The items in the window are all donations to the shop.

The DCA Thrift Shop was founded in 1931 to supply clothing and food to families in need, and offer employment for women during the Depression. Workers washed and mended donated clothing and repaired household articles, which were then sold at very low prices.

Today’s Thrift Shop is run by volunteers, proud to continue the tradition of helping the community. They have expanded the merchandise to include jewelry, books, home furnishings, accessories and more. More than 1,800 customers make purchases at the shop each month. All profits support the mission of the DCA.

The Thrift Shop has been recognized with the Community Civic Award by the Darien Old Timers Athletic Association, and is also a two-time recipient of the Darien Chamber of Commerce “Green Ribbon Award for Distinguished Environmental Activities.”

More information about the DCA Thrift Shop can be found online at dariendca.org or call 203-655-4552. The shop’s normal hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 to 4 p.m.