Shopping secondhand, thrift store roundup
With trends and fashions changing week by week, going shopping and staying in style can be a difficult, time consuming and expensive task. Low cost options are on the rise in the form of thrift stores offering low-cost secondhand clothes, unique vintage apparel and other knick-knacks and accessories.
With more than 50 different thrift stores in the greater Sacramento area, figuring out where to go for such thrifty finds can become a overwhelming scavenger hunt throughout the capital city.
The Sacramento Press hit the streets of downtown and Midtown to round up a few of the local stores making their marks in the thrift shop scene.
This ‘n’ That Thrift and Gift
2590 21st St.
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday noon – 4 p.m.
This ‘n’ That Thrift and Gift is a Midtown not-for-profit store affiliated with People Reaching Out, a prevention organization geared towards keeping teens away from drugs, alcohol and violence. Net proceeds from the store go towards People Reaching Out and its cause.
The store relocated from East Sacramento last year after 11 years at its location on Folsom Boulevard.
Aside from carrying typical thrift store finds, TNT provides other unique items and services.
Incense, jewelry filled with real insects, gift-wrapping, gift baskets and $1 mystery packages are just a few of the items offered.
TNT specializes in higher-end clothing, collectibles and designer labels. There is a large women’s section and a single rack of high-quality men’s clothing, owner Lynda Tyler said.
The average prices range anywhere from $3.50 to $40, depending on the item. Tyler said that one could easily purchase a new fall outfit – complete with shoes, a handbag, top, pants, belt or a dress – for less than $20.
Tyler stocks up the best of donated items throughout the year and holds special themed events to sell the set-aside finds. A recent sales event held at TNT was the Mother’s Day hats and handbags day where she sold 500 hats and handbags during the four-hour event.
“I stash in a theme,” Tyler said. She is currently collecting barwares such as bottles, glasses and bottle openers.
Bikes are also stocked up and repaired by Archer Bicycle Service through out the year and are sold from the end of April through the end of September. Bikes range from $75 to $100.
Sacramento SPCA Thrift Store
1517 E St.
Sunday and Monday noon – 5 p.m.
Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
SSPCA Thrift Store carries a large selection of women’s and men’s clothing as well as antiques, collectibles, furniture, toys, musical instruments, bedding and quilts. There are rooms in the store dedicated to books, vintage and retro items as well as music and records. The items vary day to day, depending on the donations received.
Prices depend on the brand, condition and age of the items. Store manager Michael West said that the prices are comparable with other thrift stores.
Shopping at the SSPCA Thrift store benefits the dogs, cats, birds and other homeless animals at the Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. One hundred percent of profits go directly to the SSPCA to provide care for homeless animals housed in the shelter. About $500,000 is raised each year, West said.
1621 L St.
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Every second Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Goodwill boutique thrift store opened in June at its downtown location.
The 5,000-square-foot store carries almost 1,000 pairs of shoes, 3,000 to 4,000 books, some glassware, housewares and a large selection of ladies’ and men’s apparel. The boutique sells only adult clothing and carries only name brands, trendy and in-season items, Retail Operations Director Mark Klinger said.
Some brands carried at the store include Banana Republic, Ralph Lauren, Polo and Armani. Ninety-five percent of the stock is donated product selected from the Goodwill donations. The best items and brands are taken from the supply of donations to go into the boutique.
Clothing items – such as dyed shorts, sundresses and tops – are ordered from various vendors, many Los Angeles-based, and are available in various sizes. Jeans embellished by a local designer are also carried, Klinger said.
The store opened to fit the lively, energetic feel of the downtown area with its many shops and galleries, Klinger said. The store is meant to be chic and upscale.
Average prices are higher than other thrift stores and vary depending on the product and the brand, Klinger said. CDs and DVDs are $4 to $5 and clothing ranges anywhere between $3.99 to $29.99.
Freestyle Clothing Exchange
2101 L St.
Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Citrus Heights location:
6412 Tupelo Dr.
Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Freestyle Clothing Exchange is a buy/sell/trade clothing store.
“You can basically shop for free,” said co-owner, Elizabeth Kelley. Customers can bring in gently-used clothing and the associates will go through the items to determine its price. Based on the determined prices, they will offer either 35 percent cash or 50 percent store credit that can be used to trade for other items in the store.
Kelley and daughter Vanessa Kelley co-own Freestyle Clothing Exchange. The store specializes in particularly high-quality items: name brands, designer labels and vintage pieces. Shoes, purses, jewelry, sunglasses and hats are available.
Elizabeth Kelley described the selection as reflective of current styles and trends – such as the current trend of ‘90s grunge and floral prints. They also carry pieces from the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.
Items from purchased from vendors, such as jewelry and clothing, are also sold at the store and come in multiple sizes.
Freestyle clothing started five years ago in Citrus Heights and opened a new “little sister” store last August in Midtown. The Midtown store is smaller and more boutique-like, Elizabeth Kelley said.
Prices range from $6 to $60, and the average price is $10.
924 12th St. between I and J streets
Monday through Friday 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Saturday noon – 6 p.m.
For four years, Vintage YSJ has offered a wide selection of classic chic, modern-looking vintage clothing fit for current styles. There are several sections of clothing around the store: dresses, skirts, pants, shirts, coats and sweaters are separated and then organized as either contemporary or vintage. There is a small men’s section and a plus-size section.
Mother and daughter co-owners Maggie Kasati and Mimi Saba hand-select every item sold in the store. The items reflect their personal styles and preferences: Twenty-year-old Saba said she likes classic, chic, eclectic, vintage and brightly colored pieces while her mother prefers striped long sleeves and fitted denim.
The selection is half contemporary and half vintage, Saba said. She described Vintage YSJ as “a gateway into vintage clothing.”
Prices range from $7 to $30. Designer jeans range between $26 and $27 and vintage evening dresses or designer bags, such as Coach purses, range from $30 to $40.
Customers may bring items in to trade.
Lost Treasures Thrift Shop
1400 E St.
Daily 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lost Treasures Thrift Shop opened last October by Jodette Johnson, a well-known humanitarian belly dancer with a passion for helping the homeless.
The store carries all the typical thrift store finds: household goods; clothing for men, women and children; shoes; pictures; frames; jewelry; furniture and electronics. The items come from donations to the store from community members. Johnson also goes to yard sales and looks for items to sell, she said.
Prices range from $1 to $10, with a few larger items around $20.
All the profits made at the store go directly toward helping Sacramento’s homeless.
Every day, Johnson uses the money she makes to buy food and clothes. She also buys bags of groceries to give to families that may not be able to afford them. Johnson said she receives donations from the food bank, and she personally delivers what she has out to the people on the streets, under bridges and behind buildings, she said.
“With the money I make, I buy food,” Johnson said. “I’ve been doing (this) since 1969.”
French Cuff Consignment
2527 J St.
Daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
After a death of her step-father, Corey DeRoo and her mother Darcy McNie found themselves at a crossroads, ready for a new direction in their lives.
DeRoo, who at the time worked as a trilingual teacher, and her mother who worked at a local radio station, decided to follow their dreams and open French Cuff Consignment, DeRoo said.
“It was something we always wanted to do,” DeRoo said. “It was sort of like a bucket list kind of thing. His death reminded us that life is really short and because of that it reminded us to follow our dreams.
The store opened in 2005. It specializes in women’s designer clothing and accessories. DeRoo described the store as a “chic secondhand boutique.”
“It’s a secondhand store,” she said, “but it’s not a junk store. Everything has been picked for you, so it’s different from a garage sale.”
Ninety-five percent of the items in stock are consigned from members in the community. Accessories such as hats, scarves and jewelry from various retailers are carried, depending on current styles.
Average prices range from $14 to $30 and vary depending on the brand and its popularity in current trends.
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Editorial Note: This story has been updated after it was published.