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Thrift Stores

Are you interested in a unique gift-giving approach? Discarded treasures can often be found in thrift stores. While you may not find a half million dollar diamond for the price of costume jewelry (true story), you most certainly might come across beautiful crystal, some well-loved child’s tonka toys which will enhance the sandbox, the perfect bench for the hallway or a hugely ugly white elephant present for that party! Here’s a list of thrift stores. Make a half day of visiting them, and do take the children!

What are the best thrift stores in our county? Thrift store bargain shopping moms share their opinions!

  • Hope Thrift in Watsonville is great, especially for clothes. Saturday is half off everything. There’s always 50% off of a couple color tags daily.
  • Sometimes Goodwills across town are good though pricey. The Goodwill Outlet in Salinas is rad/junky/cheap. Branches in Monterey is nice.
  • Caroline’s Thrift has been my favorite Pandemic thrift. Great clothes for an affordable price and plenty of bric-a-brac to peruse…I go for the clothes, though!
  • Caroline’s in Aptos always has quality stuff with a good cause.
  • Grey Bears has great weekly deals.
  • There’s some awesome thrifting in Carmel and Saratoga. Happy Hunting!
  • Abbott’s in Felton is great. They have a quality mix of everything. I recently got a carrot peeler, rain jacket, a few 100-500 piece puzzles, and a sun hat.
  • Abbott’s is so cool. I just like cruising around the store and seeing all the neat s__t. Bonus points for the pair of tags on 7 For All Mankind for $6.99.
  • Haha! I just donated a few high end jeans there. Was wondering if they knew what they were getting!? Score!
  • I LOVE Thrift Center!!  It has so much variety and everything is in good condition. They are amazing. They bring in new things all the time. They are on top of it, very tidy and the workers are quite nice … and they do a monthly 50% off.
  • Caroline’s Thrift has been my favorite Pandemic thrift. Great clothes for an affordable price and plenty of bric-a-brac to peruse…I go for the clothes, though!
  • Sometimes Goodwills across town are good though pricey. The Goodwill Outlet in Salinas is rad/junky/cheap. Branches in Monterey is nice.
  • Goodwill SV and Capitola usually have nicer clothes and are organized better.  If you are looking for Asian cookware like a donabe or the like– it’s always cheap at all the thrift spots.
  • I’ve gotten great toddler educational stuff at SV Goodwill. The quality is generally better there.
  • Capitola Goodwill has hit or miss pricing. They get a lot of salvage from Target which is cool. I was just there today and got probably $100 worth of new baby clothes for only $35.
  • I’ve gotten brand new Le Creuset from Capitola Goodwill for $18. Literally with the manufacturing stickers still on. I want to check out some Los Gatos places.
  • Following up on this thread, I’m looking for some old Levi’s 501s to cut into some shorts. Anybody have an opinion of which thrift store i would have the best chance?
  • That might be a bit harder because 501s are often resold at a high price point, especially vintage.
  • We have a lot of Levi’s at my store. We just opened last month. Seconds Capitola Mall
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