The Ladies Village Improvement Society is the oldest organization in East Hampton. The society began in 1895 when 21…More housewives came together to pay to have the dusty streets watered down and to clean up the old railroad station in the growing village. With more than 400 members today, the LVIS spends $60,000 each year caring for the village greens, including Town Pond, maintains a nature trail, plants and watches over trees, arranges for the display of American flags, and hands out scholarships. The annual LVIS fair, a favorite summer event, has been held for 114 years.
In 1987, the organization purchased the rundown Gardiner Brown House, which dates to 1740, renovated it and moved in two years later. Its headquarters houses the ever popular thrift shops, Bargain Books and Bargain Box Thrift Shop, which are staffed by volunteers who sell donated clothes, furniture, household goods, knickknacks and books.
Bargain Box Thrift Shop 95 Main St, East Hampton, NY11937 The Ladies' Village Improvement Society of East Hampton runs the very popular Bargain Box Thrift Shop. Located in their…More headquarters on Main Street, the shop shares a space with Bargain Books. Carrying gently used men's, women's and children's clothing, accessories, and shoes, jewelry, furniture, knick-knacks and household items, it always stays busy. Donations are always accepted. The shop's revenue provides a lot of the funding for Ladies' projects, such as tree planting and funds for the scholarship program.
Bargain Books 95 Main St, East Hampton, NY11937 The Ladies Village Improvement Society of East Hampton operates Bargain Books, along with Bargain Box Thrift Shop, out…More of its headquarters on Main Street. Bargain Books has the South Fork's largest selection of second-hand books. Many first editions and collectibles have surfaced here. The Childrens' Corner has children's rocking chairs, and it is a favorite for parents with little ones and school-aged children.
Everit Albert Herter Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 550 290a Montauk Hwy, East Hampton, NY11937 The Everit Albert Herter Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 550 is located on Montauk Highway in East Hampton, just…More west of Wainscott. The post provides support for members and local deployed service men and women as well as assistance with medical transportation to a VA Clinic in Westhampton and a VA Hospital in Northport. Members place flags on veteran's graves before Memorial Day and organize the memorials and parade on alternating years with the American Legion in Amagansett. They also organize the Veterans Day parade. The post assists the Ladies Village Improvement Society in putting up American flags in the village.