how it works

Who Are We?

In 1982, a group of forward thinking Moms from Piedmont, CA started to collect items they no longer needed to resell to others to raise money for their public school district.  They were given an unused room at Haven’s School.  They quickly outgrew the space and rented a store front on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, CA.

They formed a nonprofit organization to benefit the children of Piedmont. Much of this money is donated to the Piedmont Educational Foundation. Over 1 million has been donated in 30 years.  (  DBFL also regularly donates to area schools.


Help Our Schools By Donating Your Gently Used Items

DBFL appreciates ongoing community support and has recently expanded its hours of operation at the marking room to receive donations. DBFL is always in need of gently used and good condition clothing, books, sporting goods and other small household items that will produce revenues for the schools. (Please no computers, non-working electrical items, or soiled, stained, moldy items!) Donations may be dropped off at our Marking Room at 799 Magnolia Ave. during hours of operation. PLEASE HELP DBFL reduce the theft of donations by dropping off only during the open hours. All donations are tax deductible.


Shop at our Store for Great Bargains

DBFL is the best upscale resale store in the East Bay! We sell only the most current styles and labels as well as household items in a friendly, organized atmosphere. Come into our Store, which is located at 3861 Piedmont Ave., during business hours (Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm) to browse and to drop off your gently used items.


Dress Best for Less proudly donates most of its profits to the Piedmont Educational Foundation.  This foundation is devoted to promoting academic excellence, investing in innovation and providing sustained financial support to the Piedmont Unified School District.  DBFL also supports other efforts which benefit the children of Piedmont……like play structures and play fields.  More than half of the items donated to DBFL find their way to other East Bay community groups like St Vincent de Paul, SPCA, Children’s Hospital and nearby school classrooms.