The Full Story
The Mt. Lebanon Trading Post is an all volunteer run non-profit consignment shop featuring clothes for the whole family, household items, toys, games, and unique items. There is some discrepancy about when the Mt. Lebanon Trading Post first opened. According to newspaper articles and records kept in scrapbooks at the shop, it could have opened as early as September 1943 durning World War II.
Why we were created
The idea for a store was suggested by Mt. Lebanon school district superintendent HV Herlinger during World War II in response to concerns from some of the mothers in Mt. Lebanon about the wartime shortage of children’s clothing and rubber boots. Herlinger suggested there should be a place in the township where gently used clothing could be offered for exchange.
At the end of WWII, when the ladies learned that the Municipal Building would no longer be available, they sold the items to meet expenses. After that, the ladies decided to donate their profits to local charities.
The Trading Post moved to the current location in 1985 and continues as a consignment shop while retaining the original vision and mission of providing service to the community. We now get to support our past volunteers by carrying out their legacies.