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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Joseph's Coat opens in central Annandale

Annandale’s shopping options have just gotten a bit better: Joseph’s Coat, a resale shop with recycled items, opened Saturday morning at 7219 Columbia Pike, in the building formerly occupied by Fairfax Auto Parts.

The shop is run by and benefits Bethany House, a non-profit organization that operates four shelters for women and children who have been victims of domestic violence.

The store had to move from its former location in a strip mall on Annandale Road near Route 50, because the owner, Bill Page Honda, is expanding and plans to rebuild that shopping center.

Penny Gross cuts the ribbon with help from Catherine Hassinger, the executive director of Bethany House (third from the left), store manager Matt Walthall (right) and members of the Bethany House board.
“I’m delighted that Joseph’s Coat stayed in the Mason District. It’s a wonderful investment in our community,” said Mason Supervisor Penny Gross, who cut the ribbon officially opening the store.

Among the items on hand: clothes, bedding, furniture, room décor, books, DVDs, tschotchkes, purses, and stuffed animals. At the shop’s “post outlet” upstairs, customers can fill one of the store’s tote bags with whatever they want for $5.99.

Seniors are entitled to a 10 percent, and members of the military (with a military ID) receive a 20 percent discount every day. Students (with a student ID) receive a 10 percent discount on Saturdays.

Matt Walthall, the shop’s manager, doesn’t want people to call Joseph’s Coat a “thrift shop” because the merchandise is in such good condition and nicely arranged, and it’s not a consignment shop because it doesn’t pay for the items it sells.

Walthall says he’s happy about the shop relocating to the “heart of Annandale,” because “most of our customers are from Annandale and Falls Church.”

Joseph’s Coat is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., and accepts donations during those hours. Among the items the store won’t accept: large appliances, mattresses, weapons, auto parts, torn furniture, and building materials.


  1. Tried donating bunk beds and other items to them; they would not take them. Very picky.

    I don't bother with this organization any more.

    I go to the Salvation Army on Braddock Road.
    Those guys have their shit together.

  2. Why allow this this person on the blog with his comments?

  3. I agree with the first poster, in this economy its hard to be picky with what is being donated to you. If something is in quality condition and has any value, people will most likely post it on ebay or Craigslist. If something doesn't sell, as a charity, it's probably given to people that would be happy to have a second hand coat or appliance.

    The Salvation Army has the room and logistics to take stuff like this and either try to sell it for a few bucks or just give it away to the less fortunate right away. That way somebody doesn't get turned away and just ends up throwing their stuff in the trash.

  4. It is a very nice store.. good prices and new items too. I will be going back and tell others too.

  5. Josephs Coat is a great organization. Stop your whining and man up. No one wants to hear about how you feel and where you can and can't donate. You don't like them then don't come back.