OMG, you could spend an entire day at this thrifting mecca! This many-acred compound contains three separate buildings filled with thrifting goodness, plus outdoor areas overflowing with furniture, clothing and the much touted “bin” areas – where you fill up a shopping cart with goodies and get someone to give you a price! Our cart was $6. You can even buy a car here at auction!
Here are some tips to make it a more enjoyable experience:
1. Dress warmly or in layers – much of this is outside, so be prepared for the elements
2. Bring gloves – you’ll be digging through bins where items are literally thrown into them, so watch out for broken glasss and other digging hazards. While we were there a snow globe broke and got everything in one bin wet, so be forewarned. “It’s a bit like digging through the trash,” says friend Claudia.
3. Bring cash – the outdoor clothing and bin areas only accept the green stuff.
4. Bring your own shopping bags, as they are a scarce commodity here.
Hours: Monday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Proceeds benefit 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.