Have you been discouraged by supply chain delays this holiday season? What about the environmental impact of all this production, packaging and shipping? One way to get what you need right away – and recycle while you’re at it – is to buy other people’s garbage.
By that I mean, of course, the treasure hunt that is the thrift store.
I am a huge fan of second-hand shopping. Not only is it cheaper than buying new, it also makes it less likely that I’m wearing the same outfit as someone else. And, if my cat destroys my couch by using it as a cat scratcher, it’s not as devastating as if the couch was new or, worse, expensive.
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If you’re looking to save some money shopping for your friends, family, or yourself, here are some great nonprofit thrift stores to check out. Good hunt!
Support health and well-being
All profits from Revivals stores – there are four locations in the Coachella Valley – go to DAP Health, formerly Desert AIDS Project. The stores are staffed with volunteers and, according to my observations, have the largest selection of men’s clothing (rare for a thrift store!). They also have great, inexpensive furniture as well as new furniture in mid-century modern styles.
Places of the revivals:
- Palm Springs: 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111)
- City of the cathedral: 68-401 highway 111
- Palm Desert: 72-885 Highway 111
- Indio: 82-150 Highway 111
All Revivals locations are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
What I bought: Two “like new” books by Calvin and Hobbes for my nephew at $ 1 each
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Collectors Corner, which is operated by Eisenhower Health Auxiliary Dolores Hope, benefits Eisenhower Medical Center. The auxiliary has raised more than $ 23 million to help fund health education programs, medical equipment, construction projects and scholarships, according to its website.
The two-story building is also one of the most organized thrift stores I’ve been to. Upstairs includes towels, linens, blankets, holiday decor, and kitchen items. Downstairs there is furniture, crockery and a lot of clothes.
Collectors Corner is located at 71-280 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday.
What I bought: I started learning how to handle a golf club this year, but I don’t have a golf wardrobe yet. I found two golf shirts – a Lululemon – and pink shorts for $ 7.
Whether full-time residents or snowbirds, the elderly make up a large portion of the valley’s population. They are commonly seen among the shelves of thrift stores and are often the ones who donate their wares.
There are three thrift stores in the valley that focus on helping seniors directly, including:
- Desert Rose Thrift Store (inside the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center), 11-777 West Drive, primarily serves members, but is open to the public. It is made up of volunteers and the profits go to the center for the elderly. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Aunt Betty’s attic at the Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs, is also run by volunteers and supports programs at the senior center. Its opening hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Elder Love Thrift Store, 72-221 Highway 111 in Palm Desert, is not associated with a senior center, but has a mission to help reduce the costs of the care and support services that many seniors are faced. The hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.
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Mark a deal: Every Friday, Elder Love Thrift Store offers its customers champagne, snacks and a spin on the wheel.
Support people living with a disability
Proceeds from Angel View stores support people with disabilities through residential, day care and awareness programs. The stores are set up the same as a Goodwill and, like this store, have new items (things like shower curtains, pillows, and rugs) mixed in with its used merchandise.
Locations of the view of the angels:
- Palm Springs: 462 N. Indian Canyon and 454 N. Indian Canyon Drive
- City of the cathedral: 67-625 highway 111
- Rancho Mirage: 72-747 Dinah Shore Drive
- Palm Desert: 73-468 Highway 111 and 37-023 Cook St.
- Sun City: 78-395 Varner Road
- La Quinta: 79-400 Highway 111 and 77-975 Calle Tampico
- Bermuda Dunes: 77-898 Country Club Drive
- Desert Hot Springs: 66-389 Pierson Blvd. and 64-669 Dillon Road (Clearance Center)
- Indio: 45-430 Fargo St.
My favorite find: A brand new blue crushed velvet bolster pillow. It made my used futon even more chic!
The mission of Goodwill of Southern California is to provide education and skills training for people with disabilities or those living with another disadvantage. Goodwill stores in our area are great for big discounts on furniture that needs a little love – great for those with empty apartments, limited cash and a little ingenuity.
- Cathedral City: 67-555 E. Palm Canyon (Highway 111)
- Rancho Mirage: 72-014 route 111
- La Quinta: 79-640 Highway 111
All are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.
My favorite find: A standalone white clothes rack (think: shabby chic) for $ 10.
If you are heading to the Rancho Mirage location, stop at the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 42-410 Bob Hope Drive (Suite No. 2). There are clothes, books and furniture in this little store and the proceeds go to research, advocacy and cancer care.
Support those who are looking for work, housing and opportunities
Desert Best Friend’s Closet, 74-040 Highway 111 in Palm Desert (Suite F) provides locals with free interview outfits and helps them write resumes, fill out job applications, and conduct interviews.
Mark a deal: Each item costs $ 5, and if you buy four items, the fifth item is free.
One of my favorite stores is Habitat For Humanity Coachella Valley ReStore, 72-680 Dinah Shore Drive in Palm Desert, conveniently located near Costco. The organization helps low-income residents become homeowners.
I have a soft spot for ReStores since I found a very comfortable and inexpensive sofa in North Carolina. The Palm Desert location is great for furniture – with new sales every week – and for anyone trying to do DIY projects or homework.
The ReStore has faucets, toilets, doors, paint, cabinets, etc. And, like all my favorite stores, a few good clothes racks.
My favorite find: A small wooden storage bench that I placed in front of my kitchen window so my cat had a place to sit. Most of the time, however, it contains shoes and old mail.
Martha’s Village Store, 45-596 Fargo St. in Indio, helps support Martha’s Village & Kitchen, which provides emergency housing assistance as well as food, health, career and education services, as well as services for children in the community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.
While in the neighborhood, visit the Southwest Church Thrift Store at 82-970 Requa Ave. It’s just a parking lot further away! Proceeds from the Southwest Thrift Stores go to local and global outreach, including funding for the church’s annual weekend of service, funding for local community partners, support for mission travel teams, and helping out. ‘other local churches.
What I bought: A mix of unused but delicious greeting cards – about 15 of them for $ 3.
Not far from Coachella is Coachella Valley Rescue Mission’s New Life resale store at 1398 Sixth St. Its recipes support the mission, which helps meet basic needs including food and shelter for locals.
The boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday to Friday. A second location is expected to open next year.
Maria Sestito covers aging issues in the Coachella Valley. She is also a member of the Report for America Corps. Follow her on Twitter @RiaSestito, on Instagram @RiaSestito_Reporter or email her at [email protected]