Magic Hat FAQ
What is the Magic Hat?
The Magic Hat is a non-profit thrift shop that gives 100% of its profits back to the Marblehead public schools. It is located in the rear of the Veterans Middle School and sells gently used clothing, shoes, housewares, sporting equipment, books and more.
How does it work?
In order for CGS to receive our share of the funds, we are required to staff the shop during our assigned weeks. The more hours we work, the more money we can earn for CGS. Last year the Magic Hat was our largest fundraiser bringing in almost $11,000.
Where does the money go?
Our PTO uses Magic Hat funds to provide enrichment programs for our schools. These have included special programs from the Tanglewood Marionettes, ArtQuest, the Discovery Museum, and Ipswich River Wildlife.
When do we have to staff the shop?
The shop needs to be staffed Wednesday-Saturday during the school year and just on Saturdays during the summer. There are six schools that participate so every six weeks we are on duty. Our staffing weeks for the 2014-2015 school year are:
September30 -October 3
November 11-14 (Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day NO SCHOOL SHOP CLOSED)
What will I need to do if I volunteer?
When you show up at the Magic Hat, the first thing you will do is sign in so we get credit for your time. On your first visit, you will have a chance to explore and familiarize yourself with the store. You will then be asked to help with tasks such as organizing the clothing racks, sorting through donations or hanging and tagging clothes. Anyone is welcome to volunteer on our behalf so feel free to invite friends, grandparents or anyone else who might be interested.
How do I sign up?
A week or so before our assigned week, you will receive an email request with a link to our SignUpGenius staffing schedule. Just click on the SignUpGenius link and pick the 1.5 hour shift(s) that works for you. We will also post reminders with the link on the Coffin Gerry facebook page.
I can’t volunteer during our week. How else can I help?
We aren’t limited to just our weeks! You are welcome to volunteer any time that works for your schedule. Just make sure you sign in so your hours are logged. Another great way to help is to donate your gently used clothing and household items to be resold. It’s a wonderful way to recycle the things you don’t need and keep the money in the community. And don’t forget to shop! It’s a great place to pick up quality items at a great discount. And the money you spend will benefit our schools.
Who can I contact if I have further questions?
Please contact Kate Dulac at