Oakland’s newest thrift store is actually one of it’s oldest and most popular. Those of you who have thrifted in Oakland will fondly remember the Clausen House on Telegraph Avenue. I’ve found many wonderful things at that store over the years. Vintage clothing, funky furniture, cherished dishware. And many a gift for a friend.
It seems that the increasing rents in this gentrifying neighborhood of Temescal have caused it to relocate, just like has been happening to several other businesses in the area. I’m not against neighborhoods improving, necessarily, but it does seem like some businesses are getting pushed out and that’s not always a good thing. But, there are lots of great things happening in Temescal, with the cozy Temescal Alley filling up it’s quaint storefronts with small cottage industries and thankfully the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse (another of my favorite haunts) still hanging in there.
Well, did you know that the Clausen House isn’t gone forever – it has just reinvented itself and moved down the street into the old Hooper’s Chocolate Building? Oakland’s newest thrift store is now a transformation of the Clausen House – where there are now two great thrift stores run by the Temescal Community Foundation at that location and they still have the wonderful home furnishings and unique objects that you came to expect at Clausen House. If you haven’t been there yet, do stop by and view their lovely items soon. And, don’t miss the back area where there is a ton of furniture and great vintage items. I’ve added their store to my East Bay Thrift Stores list for future reference.Temescal Community Foundation 4632 Telegraph Avenue Oakland, CA 94609 (510) 653-6817 Hours: Monday to Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat and Sun 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.* * Sadly, this thrift store has since closed….