With less than two weeks to spare in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Chicken Alley Thrift Shop surpassed one million dollars in sales for the first time. The purveyor of used goods, from vintage fashions to chic furniture, hit the milestone after 60 years in the business of secondhand possessions.

All sales at the thrift shop benefit Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

According to Barbara Bellissimo, vice president of development, marketing and communications at Community Services, Chicken Alley is one of the highest-grossing thrift shops per square foot in the country.

“This is the first year that we have hit a million dollars,” Ms. Bellissimo confirmed. “The staff and volunteers have done a fantastic job building the inventory and getting the word out on social media.”

All profits from the store support a wide range of programs at Community Servives, including disability, mental health and senior services. The nonprofit serves all residents of the Island, regardless of insurance status.

Oftentimes, Chicken Alley donates more than just their profits.

“Recently, [the store] helped us provide for a family who had just suffered from a house fire.” Ms. Bellissimo said. “The store donated clothing, furniture and kitchen appliances. Really anything the family needed.”

Chicken Alley occupied many spaces around the Island before landing on its current space at Lagoon Pond Road. Within walking distance from the center of Vineyard Haven, the store aims to serve year-rounders and tourists alike.

The store’s growth in the post-pandemic Island economy has been exponential, Ms. Bellissimo said, with lines often stretching down the street during peak season.

“Last fiscal year we hit $800,000 in sales. So to hit a million, that’s a massive increase in just one year,” she said.