Yes, fellow Junkies, even though many thrifts have left Hayward in the name of Redevelopment, the thrift shopping Mecca of Salvation Army will still provide some redemption. After filling up on a burger or one of the other Daily Lunch Specials at The Ranch (22877 Mission Blvd.), motor on down Mission Blvd. and head west young woman (or man) to “A” Street where, upon turning right, you’ll find this gem of a thrift. Big furniture pieces, house wares straight outta grandma’s house and a smattering of vintage frocks patiently await you. Afterwards, celebrate your great finds at Fernande’s Stein Room Lounge (939 “B” Street) with a cold one, or grab a hot dog at Casper’s (951 “C” Street).
Salvation Army 1027 A Street Hayward, CA 94541
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Closed Sundays
Proceeds go to drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs & job training, plus direct clothing donations to the homeless. Founded in 1887 when William Booth found homeless men & women living on a bridge in London and vowed to improve their lives.