Second Chance Thrift Shop

Second Chance Thrift Shop gives a way for pre-loved items to be purchased at low cost and be reused within our community. Thrift shopping is a responsible method of shopping; it is good for the environment as it reduces the production of new items and reduces the rate that used items end up in landfill. The Shop is run by a group of volunteers, providing an enjoyable way for people to contribute to the community and meet new people. The Shop supports local volunteer community programs.

The aim is that the Second Chance Thrift Shop will have a positive environmental and social impact in the KAUST community.

Facebook page - @secondchancekaust
Email –

  • Shop Opening

    All sales are advertised on the Facebook page @secondchancekaust

    The Shop is currently located in the Pop-up Souk, between Discovery Square and Harbor Library.

    Parking is available on Exploration Avenue or in the Discovery Square parking. The nearest bus stop is Discovery Square, by the mosque.


  • What can be donated?

     The Second Chance Thrift Shop sells quality, preloved items, donated by the community, including:

    • Adult and kids’ clothes, shoes and accessories
    • Household equipment, Kitchenware and decorative items
    • Electrical items
    • Books and magazines
    • Stationery and party supplies
    • Strollers, car seats and baby equipment
    • Toys, Games, DVDs and computer games
    • Outdoor and Garden equipment


  • How To Donate?

    Donations of quality, clean items are always welcome. To donate, please:

    • Bring to the Pop-Up Souk during sale times (as advertised on Facebook) or check the pinned post on the Facebook for donation locations around the community.
    • Email for home collection.

    Donated items are sold, at low cost, to people who work or live in KAUST.

  • Membership - For the community, by the community

    The Thrift Shop can only open with the support of volunteers. All community members are welcome to join the Second Chance Thrift Shop Club. Activities include:

    • Sorting and pricing donated items for the shop
    • Collecting items from donors
    • Selling in the shop
    • Other Club activities and logistics

    Volunteer shifts are normally for two or four hours. You can volunteer every week or whenever you can!

    Volunteering is a fun way to meet new people and engage with all parts of the KAUST community. Volunteers currently include students, spouses, KAUST employees and other community members.

    Children aged 6-15 can volunteer when accompanied by an adult. Anyone with a KAUST ID and is 16+ are welcome to volunteer.

    If you would like more information, or would like to join our Club, please email

    Club Officers

    President Rebecca Buttigieg
    Treasurer Lizzie Shields
    Secretary Ginny Sealey
    Volunteer Co-ordinator Liuba Gapa
    Founding Members Didier Baganda, Ana Margarida Costa