Embracing El Nino: Thrift Shopping

While Southern California is still waiting for El Nino to hit, there are plenty of indoor activities to do when the rain does come. Thrift shopping is an inexpensive way to find items that have already been treasured by others.

Thrift shopping can be a great choice for occasions where you only need an item a few times and don’t want to spend too much money on it. This may be for a dress-up theme party; such as an Ugly Sweater party around Christmas or a 90s theme birthday party. Thrifting can be a great choice, just ask rapper Mackelmore.

Despite Orange County’s reputation for being a rich community, a Yelp search reveals over 500 results for local thrift stores. Check out some of our picks below.

Best Thrift Stores in Orange County:

Goodwill

With locations in Santa Ana, Lake Forest, Tustin, Costa Mesa, Orange, Westminster, and Anaheim; you are sure to be close to a location. Goodwill focuses on helping people get back to work.  They accept item donations right at the store for clothes, books, furniture, and more.

The Assistance League

OC locations include Irvine, Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Laguna Beach, Orange, Fullerton, and Tustin. The Assistance League has over 120 locations, and all proceeds benefit community programs like providing clothing for underprivileged kids. Item donations are accepted during store hours.

The Orange Peel

The Orange Peel, located in Orange, offers a variety of women’s clothing starting at around $2. This hole-in-the-wall is small but if you’re in the area it’s worth a stop. The Orange Peel is not a non-profit, but still offers a good selection for those in the market for vintage or used clothing.

The Salvation Army

Another organization that supports charities, the Salvation Army is well-known and can offer some great deals. You will find Salvation Army locations in Fountain Valley, Lake Forest, Anaheim, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Orange, Tustin, and Santa Ana.

Laura’s House

Located off El Toro Road in Lake Forest, Laura’s House sells everything from clothing to antique furniture. Parking is easy, and all proceeds go to charities which support people going through domestic violence. They are open every day, but if you are donating be sure to check drop off hours first.

Not sure how to thrift shop? Check out this guide from LifeHack.

Wherever you thrift shop, remember that these non-profit organizations always welcome volunteers and donations. Happy thrifting!

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