11.09.2012

Best thrift stores in Orange County

by Pattie Cordova

Contributing post by Justine Burgess

best thrift stores in Orange County -- livingmividaloca.com

As a follow-up to our last post about the Goodwill Marketplace in Tustin, this week we’d like to broaden the horizons a bit and list a few of our most frequently-shopped thrift stores here in Orange County. With a keen eye, a little time, and some patience, finding frugal fashion, collectibles, furniture, and more at a low price is in the realm of the possible. With less than two months until Christmas, shopping thriftily now will give you more cash to have fun with later.

Goodwill of Orange County. Many locations throughout OC. My favorite regular retail stores are Classic Closet (Huntington Beach) and Keepers (Lake Forest). Both are a bit more spendy than other Goodwill locations, but they have tons of higher-end merchandise in each location.

The Salvation Army. You see the red buckets every holiday season. Shop at the stores and not only are you saving money, you’ll be contributing to a great cause. Our favorite store is on Brookhurst (across from Mile Square Park) in Fountain Valley. Lots of great items and daily specials, plus it’s next door to Froggs Bounce House.

Assistance League thrift store -- livingmividaloca.com

Assistance League (Orange County). The Assistance League is a national organization with many local chapters, most of whom have a thrift shop. The League provides many philanthropic programs, including Operation School Bell, which helps economically-disadvantaged children. My favorites are the Tustin, Orange, and Garden Grove locations.

Savers. With only one location currently in OC (Anaheim) you might have to travel a bit to shop here, but it’s worth it. The selection is well-organized (especially clothing- it’s in type, color, and size!), the store is very clean, and prices are clearly marked, plus there are tons of special events that can garner you Savers Bucks coupons and pricing deals. It’s also the only thrift store I know of with its own club card.

For the above retail thrifts, please use the clickable link (or Google) to find store locations.

thrift store rack in orange county -- livingmividaloca.com

Orange Lutheran High School Thrift (Orange). There are two stores next to each other- one for smaller thrifted goods and clothing, and one for large furniture. Many items here are vintage, and the reasonable prices (sometimes as low as 10 cents) keep me coming back. FYI’s: Cash only and no dressing rooms. 670 North Tustin Street, Orange, CA 92867. M-Sat., 10am to 4pm.

Sheepfold Thriftstore. Proceeds from the sale of items go to benefit shelters and services for women and children that are victims of domestic abuse. That’s why this store is always on my list of must-visits. 335 E. Grove Ave, Orange CA 92865. M-Sat., 10am to 5:30pm.

Family Thrift. Hit or miss here with pricing, but they often have a lot of vintage items and collectibles. 303 East Grove, Orange, California 92865 M-Sat., 9am to 6pm.

These are just a few that are local to us. Do you have a favorite thrift store? We’d love to hear about it! If you’d like to, leave a comment and tell us all about it, as well as your favorite thrifty find. Happy saving!

Find of the week: Set of 4 Fiestaware cups in Rose. $3.99, Orange Goodwill location.

fiestaware at thrift store -- livingmvidaloca.com