Diversify Your Thrifting
Written by Derek of Beacon House Thrift Shop
Whether you are looking to decorate your place, find something vintage, or fill your closet with some designer clothing, there is an assortment of places locally where you can do so. Here are the three categories for the diverse ways to thrift:
Popular online thrifting stores include:
There could be a chip in your antique China, or the clothing may have rips or stains. Also, you are not able to try on what you want prior to paying for it. Unfortunately, there are not any virtual fitting rooms with the online thrifting option. Finally, returns may not be offered, or can be complicated depending on which online store you are using.
The two most common types of second-hand stores include non-profit charities as well as for-profit businesses. These include shops that sell second-hand items which are received as donations or purchased second-hand. The proceeds from these sales either go to a specific charity or cause that the business represents, or to the owner of the business.
Popular second-hand stores in the South Bay area include:
- Beacon House Thrift Shop
- The Salvation Army
- Children’s Hospital Thrift Shop
- Cheapskate Thrift Store
One huge benefit of this type of thrifting is that you can contribute to a worthy cause. Also, you can find items when they are up to 75% off if you research which sales are happening each week. What really benefits me is scoping out the things I want in advance, then going in when they are on sale. This ensures I am getting the best bang for my buck!
3. Swap Meet and Yard Sales: Another terrific way of thrifting is going to your local swap meet. Here vendors come out and sell a wide array of products, usually previously owned, for a bargain.
Popular Swap Meets in the South Bay area include:
- Alpine Village in Torrance
- Swap Meet in Long Beach
- Swap Meet in Paramount