The Well Thrift Store

Good Stuff. Great Help. Gives Hope.

Welcome to the Pella Well Thrift Store

Why Pay Full Price?
Donate. Shop. Support.

Our Well Thrift Stores are donation-based upscale retailers supporting The Well’s goals of offering help and hope.

We know you want to be socially conscious, and love thrift shopping for that great deal! The problem is, you don’t have time to dig through clutter and disorganized merch. AND, you don’t always know where your money goes.

Your time and money are valuable, and who says all Thrift Stores are dingy! That’s why we’ve created a positive shopping experience that supports people who are struggling in YOUR local community and region.

This Place Is Amazing

“This place is amazing. They are super nice and have really high quality items at great prices. They play Christian music 🎶 which makes that atmosphere very calm and peaceful… I will definitely be going back.”

Shopping for School

“We found everything that our grand-daughter was wanting to wear at school. Thank you for saving the day and pocket book.”

Friendly Staff

“Great place, awesome prices! VERY friendly staff!”

Having Greater Impact

“The well is an awesome place! The assistance they gave my family and I after the tornado hit Vermeer was amazing and very generous! I wish to thank everyone involved and let them know how much myself, my family, and the community appreciates everything they are doing!”

Great Deals

“Great deals and seasonal items. Limited medical supplies like canes available for loaned use.”

The Well Thrift Store – Pella

419 E Oskaloosa St
Pella, IA 50219

The Well Thrift Store – Newton

1810 1st Ave. E.
Newton, IA 50208-4051

The Well Thrift Store – Knoxville

404 W Pleasant St
Knoxville, IA 50138

The Well Thrift Store – Fairfield

1700 South Main St
Fairfield, IA 52556

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Ways You Are Helping

Donate Gently Used Items

We steward your generous donations wisely.


You get a front-row seat to the good work being done in your community.


Each purchase helps support the goals of The Well.

Know Your Impact

You can feel good about your impact. To your closet, to the landfill, to your community!

The Well Thrift Stores Focus On:

“It Feels Different”

A comment we often hear from our customers. We know why!

  • We believe each person is valued and worthy of dignity and respect.
  • Our focus is to build and strengthen relationships without judgment, including donors, volunteers, and customers.
  • We provide a welcoming atmosphere. Everyone who enters the doors of the thrift store is greeted with a smile.
  • We want our stores to look good, smell good, and have nice stuff.
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The Well Thrift Stores Focus On…

Department Style Shopping

Find what you need in a snap. We “turn” our store every 4 weeks. No leaving old merchandise around!


  • Clothing for men, women, youth and infant
  • Jewelry & Accessories
  • Shoes
  • Furniture
  • Decor, artwork and pictures
  • Housewares – Kitchen, bath and laundry
  • Toys, Games and Puzzles
  • Books and DVD Movies
  • Tools, Garage and Sports
  • Arts, Crafts and Office supplies
  • Linens and more!

The Well Thrift Stores Focus On…

Supporting The Well’s Goals

The Well Resource Center is a local place in the community where individuals and families can go when facing difficult circumstances in life.

The Well Thrift Stores Focus On…

Volunteering and Serving

Find purpose and community, be valued for who you are and what you can contribute. Our volunteers are passionate about serving and dedicated to making a difference. We create an organized, process-driven environment where it’s easy to plug in!

Well Pella Thrift Volunteer


Item Donation FAQ

What kind of items do you accept as donations?

We LOVE your clean, hole- and stain-free clothing, shoes, and linens. We also accept housewares, tools, home décor, books, DVDs, toys, baby gear, sporting goods, and furniture.

We accept textiles like clothing and linens in most any condition as they can be recycled at The Well, providing work for our Well Works program.

Are there items you do not accept?

Yes, there are a variety of items we cannot accept as donations. These include:


  • Dishwashers
  • Gas stoves
  • Non-working appliances


  • Used ceiling fans
  • Paint, lacquers, thinners or other chemicals
  • Window blinds (mini, regular or vertical)
  • Building materials like boards, tiles, toilets, sinks, etc.


  • Car seats & other safety equipment
  • ATV/motorcycle helmets
  • Old golf bags and pull carts (clubs are okay—remove from bag)
  • Old exercise equipment. Only take well-working current equipment


  • Broken furniture
  • Upholstered furniture that is heavily soiled, torn or needs extensive repair
  • Entertainment centers with square opening. (open top units that will hold a flat screen are ok)
  • Organs
  • Pianos


  • TV’s that are not flat screens
  • Box and outdated computer monitors
  • Computer printers
  • VHS Tapes
  • Cassette Tapes
  • Encyclopedia sets


  • Flat screen TV’s
  • Mattresses & box springs

Where do I drop off my donations?

In Pella, IA, donations can be dropped off inside door #7 on the west side of the building. Furniture donations can be dropped off through the overhead door #8. Inform a volunteer and they will assist in opening the doorway for you.

In Fairfield, IA, donations can be dropped off at the back of the building.

In Knoxville, IA, donations can be dropped off on the south side of the building.

Do you offer exchanges or refunds?

We do our best to offer quality products. To avoid disappointment, we strongly encourage you to test any electrical items you want to purchase. When items are donated, we ask donors if electrical items work and use that information to help us value items.

We do not offer exchanges or refunds. In the event your purchase didn’t last as long as you’d hoped, we hope you will be consoled by the knowledge that your dollars spent will still be put to work helping the people served by The Well.

Do you charge sales tax?

No, we are exempt as a non-profit business.

Can you provide a receipt for my donations?

Yes! Simply request a receipt when you drop off your donated items.

Unfortunately, IRS regulations prevent us from assigning a dollar value to your items.