Exploring Thrift Stores in the San Francisco Bay Area

Thrift Stores are a great way to save money and find unique items for sale. The San Francisco Bay Area is blessed with eager recyclers and many thrift stores are to be found. This article is going to focus on some singular stores around the Bay Area that are well worth frequent visits. While I am not going to focus on them, the local large chain thrift stores are worth a visit such as the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries and St. Vincent de Paul. These larger chains not always have the best prices or the unique selections some of the smaller stores receive as they tend to receive inventory in bulk.

Arf Thrift Store

Located at 1950 Market Street, Concord, CA, the proceeds of this store benefit Tony LaRussa’s animal rescue organization, Animal Emergency Fund. This store features all kinds of items and often has very high end merchandise due to donations to the cause. This store is great for seasonal merchandise, and, of course, gently used pet supplies. Not only can you find great bargains here, but you can also donate to a great cause.

Hospice Boutique Thrift Store

This store is located in Dublin, CA at 7381 Amador Valley Boulevard. The profits help support Hospice and Palliative Care of the East Bay for those who need financial assistance for services. Many items are donated by the families of members and are truly one-of-a-kind items. This store features adult clothing of all kinds, great china and kitchen ware and various kinds of art.

American Cancer Society Discovery Shop ‘”

I don’t know where this store finds is merchandise, but if you need a fur coat you can find it here. Featuring suits and formal wear, this is the place to look for outfits to wear to work. This store has only been opened a short time, but the selection and presentation will make you want to return again and again. You can find the Discovery Shop at 40733 Chapel Way in Fremont, CA.

Eco Thrift

Eco Thrift can be found at its new location in the 26000 block of Mission Boulevard in Hayward. This store is set up like a department store and it has merchandise in every department from electronics to roller skates. This store has a good selection of family merchandise for all ages including toys. Many of my kids one time hobby toys were purchased here. Don’t miss visiting this store if you are in the area.

Saver’s Thrift Store

This privately owned thrift store is another department store type of thrift. Featuring automobile, car care, linens, drapes, furniture, toys, brand name clothing, and a great selection of china and collector’s plates, this store always offers something to be savored. Saver’s is located in Redwood City at 875 Main Street.

Helper’s Bazaar

This store is found in Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Full of cast offs from San Francisco’s upper crust, this store is open afternoons. What a bargain this is located right in the middle of a tourist area! Featuring designer brands and all kinds of costume jewelry, this store must be seen to be believed. The address is 900 North Point Street on the lower level below the Crown and Crumpet Tea Room.

Happy Dragon Thrift Store

Located in Los Gatos, this is the prime thrift store in this area. Featuring brand name clothing and vintage collections, on busy days you need to keep hold of your finds. If you don’t, someone else will grab on to it. This store only takes cash, so come prepared. This is also a great store to visit when you want to stock up on some gifts.

As you can see, there are many stores to choose from all over the Bay Area. If you are just getting started visiting thrift stores, a great resource is the web site www.thriftstorejunkies.com. Here you can find out about stores and talk to fellow shoppers. Remember their motto: because anyone can shop retail.