Thrift Town a clean, well-lit, and organized place to shop with well-priced merchandise. We are all proud to be a part of the solution instead of part of the problem for the country’s waste management problems.
It may still feel like Summer, but Back to School shopping is already in full swing in most mainstream retailers. According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $80.7 billion dollars this year for back to school items for kids in grades K-12 and college students. The survey indicates that families with children in elementary through high school plan to spend an average $696.70 each, while college students and their families plan to spend an average of $976.78 each. Buyers plan to spend the most on clothing, followed by electronics, shoes and other supplies such as backpacks and lunchboxes.
Great News! Thrift Town stores are FULL of fabulous items for Back to School and you will not only be saving a lot of money and stretching your dollar, but you will also be participating in responsible recycling by buying secondhand clothing and supplies. And boy, do we have some fabulous finds for your kids!
The Boy’s and Girl’s departments (and even the Baby department) are all organized by size and color to make shopping super easy!
The average price for children’s clothing falls in the $0.69-$3.99 range, and with our Weekly Color Tag Sale, VIP Coupons & Rewards and Sale Days you can save even more. Most Thrift Town customers find that they can come away with 20-30 top-quality clothing items for their kids for under $30! Now that is Smart Shopping!
Be sure to bring your cooler weather Fall/Winter list to Thrift Town for Back to School shopping as well because as we have tons of hoodies, sweatshirts, sweats and coats & jackets too!
And our Kid’s Shoe department is FILLED with awesome selections for boys and girls and most are in the $1.99-$3.99 for shoes and boots.
And of course, you can find great deals and a great selection of school uniforms, backpacks, lunchboxes, school supplies desks, lamps, easels and more! Selection varies by day by store, but with over 4,000 New Arrivals hitting each Thrift Town store every day you most likely going to go away with some fabulous finds!
We even carry top-quality secondhand school uniforms – HUGE Savings!
Be sure to share your thrift haul on social media and hashtag us, (#thrifttown on Instagram) for your chance to win a $25 Thrift Town gift card. We pick several “Thrifty Cool” winners on Instagram every month!
Be a smart and responsible shopper this Back to School – its unique, affordable and very hip & cool to thrift!
First, some interesting history compliments of Wikipedia…
“Cinco de Mayo (Siŋko ðe Maʝo“Fifth of May”) is an annual celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862” Wikipedia
“A 2007 UCLA Newsroom article notes that, “the holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico.” TIME magazine reports that “Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano Movement.” The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it. It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and San Jose.” Wikipedia
At Thrift Town, We love celebrating Mexican culture and heritage. The history and heritage, the colors, the chips, the spice, the margaritas! Cheers to this popular Mexican cultural holiday we Americans love to celebrate. We have loads of items that can spice up your celebration.
Look for authentic fiesta dresses, Mexican heritage books, colorful clothing, table linens, margarita glasses, fun guacamole bowls, cookbooks, sombreros and hola… You have yourself a spicy fiesta that will make you feel like you’re south of the border. See photos below for some Cinco de Mayo inspiration.
Best Guacamole bowl ever! To make the best guacamole keep it simple. RECIPE: Mash up with a fork perfectly ripe avocado(s), (finely dice a shallot and jalapeno) gently mix all ingredients along with freshly squeezed lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Sprinkle a little chipotle powder on top. Serve immediately with crisp tortilla chips. Yum!
Taco bout cute!
This beautiful sombrero was spotted in San Leandro last week. It’s truly a work of art.
Our fans love the great deals they find and also are proud to be living a green lifestyle. Note: shopping bag is reusable and made of recycled materials. Bring your own bag or opt for no bag whenever possible.
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22 around the world to demonstrate support for protecting our environment. It’s a great time to reflect on your own impact. If you shop Thrift Town (or thrift) then YOU my friend, are a friend to mother earth. Thankfully these days green living has become popular and a way of life. Here are 10 of my favorite simple green living ideas (in no particular order) to incorporate into your life to make it a little more green.
1. Shop Secondhand First! Always try to find what you are looking for at thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, Craig’s list, etc. before you buy new. Here are some of the benefits of buying used vs new.
It reduces your own carbon footprint
Keeps billions of pounds of items out of the landfill
Saves water in textile production
Reduces chemical pollution in manufacturing
2. Shop Brick and Mortar Stores vs Online
Shopping your local stores (big or small) keeps them thriving and open for business in the community
Shopping brick and mortar stores creates local jobs in the community
Shopping in local stores provides much-needed tax funds locally
Retail stores enhance the communities in which we live
Buying online creates more pollution during transportation
80 percent of plastic water bottles end up in landfills
It takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose, so PLEASE RECYCLE if you must use plastic.
Ditch your bottled water habit by filling your cabinet with 100% BPA-free, stainless steel water bottles that will not only help you improve the health of the environment, but will also be safer and better for your own health as well.
Thrift Stores are a great source for these water bottles.
4. Decorate with Plants- They’re Beautiful and Healthy for YOU!
As reported on NBC, “Houseplants are good for your health. They release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. This not only freshens up the air but also eliminates harmful toxins.”
Extensive research by NASA has revealed that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxin in 24 hours
“Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels and boost your mood — making them perfect for not just your home but your workspace, too.” reported on NBC
Thrift Stores are great resources for beautiful pots, baskets, and containers for your houseplants.
This tribal basked was a DIY project. Click photo to read more.
Succulent planted into a thrifted vase. Click photo to read more.
5. BYOB- Bring Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag
Take reusable shopping bags. The truth is that both plastic and paper bags can be bad for the environment. Many retailers also sell wonderful bags that you can reuse over and over
Keep them sanitary; make sure to wash your reusable bags every so often.
6. Buy Clothing that will last for Over 30 Wears
Purchase higher quality clothing that you will wear. Purchase items designed to survive the rigors of the washing machine and many wears. #30wears is a movement promoting the idea that you should not purchase any clothing that you would not wear at least 30 times.
Thrift Stores are full of high-quality clothing that will last you for years to come.
Get familiar with brands that have a reputation for lasting a long time, like Levi’s jeans.
This quality suede jacket was thrifted at Thrift Town.
7. Share and/or Donate Your Usable Items
If you have something that is perfectly good, but you no longer have a use for it, pass it on to someone who will enjoy it.
Donate your items to charity. Many nonprofits fund their programs based on donations of gently used clothing and household items.
8. Take Care of Your Stuff!
Clean and maintain the stuff you have, and you won’t need to buy new stuff to replace it.
Taking care of the things you own will save you tons of money. Our society has gotten too comfortable with the “out with the old and in with the new” mentality.
Back in the day, many people had objects that they frequently needed to care for. These items are not meant to be thrown out after a short time. This silver plated pitcher is a good example of how to take care of special and durable items. To see how to clean silver without harsh chemicals, click the photo.
9. Take Your Children and Your Friends Thrifting!
Share the love of thrifting with your friends and family. Teaching others to thrift can help the planet exponentially.
Save TONS of money shopping for your growing kids and teach them the value of green living. Note: shopping bags photographed are reusable and made of recycled materials. Bring your own bag or opt for no bag whenever possible.
10. Give Green Gifts!
Give gifts that were created locally or secondhand items. So much is in the presentation. Make sure to wrap it pretty!
This thrifted gift is super fun and costs less than $10! Thrifted gifts can be fun, thoughtful and green.
Thrift Town’s seasonal department has you covered with basic Easter baskets, furry friends, Easter books, plastic eggs, and basket grass. Shopping secondhand first for your Easter supplies is a win-win. It saves you money and it’s good for the planet!
If you’re ready to think outside the Easter Basket this year, we’ve got that covered too! Many “non-basket” items (like tool boxes, coolers, buckets, vintage suitcases, wicker baskets, & bowls) make great containers for Easter treats. Step things up a notch and make a theme basket like the ones below in this blog. We’re excited to share some GREAT ideas for exciting Easter Baskets that will have you thinking outside the basket this year!
EASTER SUPPLIES: Note items and quantities vary by store.
THEMED EASTER BASKETS:
Giants Basket $19.05
Chef Basket $18.13
Little Girl’s Easter Basket $14.98
Just Add Water Easter Basket $13.39
Easter Basket for Baby $19.78
Puppy Love Easter Basket $ 2.98
We also have lots of Easter and Springtime outfits to dress you and your entire family.
Outfits for the family! Male $18.97, Female $18.97, Girl $ 8.47, Boy $ 8.58, Baby $ 6.28
HaPpY Spring! Check out our Spring Pinterest Board for inspiration!
We pinned some fun Mason Jar ideas for Easter.
Back in the day, Pantone created ink colors for the printing press. They still do, but with the invent of digital printing, Pantone press colors are a little less needed than they used to be. Pantone branched out into the paint biz and they also started creating seasonal Pantone Fashion Color Trend Reports. These reports come straight off the NY Fashion Week catwalk and are a color overview highlighting the top colors used by fashion designers for the upcoming fashion season. The Pantone Fashion Color Trend Report is your guide to the season’s most important color trends. This Spring’s color forecast is not your grandma’s traditional spring color mix. Say goodbye to the light and airy easter egg colors and say hello to saturated, bold and electric color!
Laurie Pressman Pantone Color Institute says, “The mindset for Spring/Summer 2019 reflects our desire to face the future with empowering colors that provide confidence and spirit; colors that are uplifting; joyful hues that lend themselves to playful expressionism and take us down a path of creative and unexpected combinations. This season’s report features the top 12 stand out colors, as well as current takes on the four classic neutrals.”
We took to our stores with our Spring 2019 Pantone Fashion Color Guide in hand and found the following items in our stores. Thrift Town always has current fashions in all the current colors. Come get your fashion on!
Fiesta and Aspen Gold look great with denim.
This display is looking fiery and fresh in Fiesta.
Be bold in a Jester Red lace dress.
Rock an accessory in Jester Red
Jester Red Spring floral top and Jester Red Stilettos. Yes, please!
Obsessed with this Living Coral stripe sweater.
Stunning Living Coral tule skirt paired with a pretty green leather jacket. Sigh.
Living Coral Dress and Toffee shoes and purse.
Pants in Moss with shirts in Toffee and Princess Blue
Tanks in Pink Peacock and Pepper Stem
Fun spring scarves in Pink Peacock and Tumeric
This Sweet Lilac dress is so sweet. This color is definitely more of a traditional Spring clothing color.
Terrarium Moss leather jacket. Nice!
Stripes are always a great look for Spring and Summer. Love it in Toffee.
Go Green! A Thrift Town Celebration of Glorious Green!
March is a perfect time to celebrate GREEN! Of course, St. Patrick’s Day falls in March and as the old Irish legend has it, if you don’t wear green on March 17th prepare to be pinched! Ouch! The first day of Spring also falls in March and with this season of renewal we see an abundance of fresh, green growth in our landscapes and gardens. Green is soothing and peaceful. It gives a sense of naturalness and earthiness.
Amazingly, there are literally hundreds of shades of green so it might be hard to pick a favorite green when you consider such fabulous colors like emerald green, lime green, mint green, sage green, olive green and seafoam green! And two of the top Spring/Summer 2019 Pantone colors are “Terrarium Moss” and “Pepper Stem” – both lovely shades of green!
Plant a succulent in a thrifted bowl
“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.” ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca
And of course, another reason to celebrate GREEN is the fact that “Green Living” has become such an important focal point for how we choose to live our lives. Green often represents Sustainable Living, which describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources, and one’s personal resources. Those who embrace sustainable living commit themselves to reducing their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.
Thankfully, Thrift Town provides many opportunities to celebrate GREEN! We have plenty of “lucky” green items to help you celebrate the luck of the Irish on St. Paddy’s Day:
We also have lots of fabulous books on Green Living, Gardening and More!
And of course, every time you shop secondhand you are practicing sustainable living by buying recycled items instead of new items – shopping at Thrift Town is all about responsible shopping that you can feel good about and it saves you lots of GREEN money too! Take a look at some of these incredible green finds from Thrift Town:
So . . . be green and save green at Thrift Town where green is always a celebration!
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Thrift Town has so many fabulous books, and we frequently celebrate reading in a BIG way with Huge 50% Off ALL Books Sales. Check out our Sales and Pomos page to see if we’re having a book sale anytime soon!
Read Across America 50% Off Book Sale on Saturday, March 2, 2019
Our Big Half-Off Book Sales include hardcover books, paperbacks, children’s books, audio books, cookbooks, magazines, and more! YEA!
Our Book Department is HUGE – check it out! This is just ONE wall:
Here are a few fun theme book displays I quickly put together during my tour through our book department:
Young Readers: I found some classic children’s novels including A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (adapted by Saviour Pirotta) and the first three books in the thirteen-book series A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. Most of these books were under $2 regular piece and will be half off during our Book Sale!
Baby Books: Baby Books are so colorful and playful! What a fabulous way for babies to start learning about animals, shapes and the world around us! Most of these books were priced at $.049-$0.99 and will all be half off during our Book Sales.
Wild Side: Nature books are fabulous! How fun for young minds to read books about dinosaurs, turtles, bugs and more! Most of the books we under $2, so less than $1 during our Big Book Sales!
Disney Classics: We often have entire sets of Disney Classics, Dr. Seuss, and even Harry Potter! So fun when you find so many altogether – a perfect way to build a child’s library! Each of these books was only $0.69 – so $.35 each during the Sale! What is your favorite Disney Classic? I think Lion King is at the top of my list!
Cookbooks: Why oh why do they make those cover photos look so delicious? Made me very hungry just looking at these fabulous cookbooks! The Indian Cooking cookbook was very intriguing and fascinating and the kid’s cookbook is super fun for a summer activity in the kitchen! Most cookbooks range from $1.99-$3.99 regular price, so $1-$2 during our big sale! We truly have some fabulous cookbooks!
Hardcover Novels: There is always something so wonderful about hardcover novels. Thrift Town carries all kinds of books by some of the best selling authors such as Sidney Sheldon, Jodi Picoult, John Grishman and many more! And of course, The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck is a MUST read! Most of the hardback books range from $2.99-$3.99! Time to stock up at our big half off sale!
Summer Reads: For many, it is pure bliss to dig into some of those fabulous reads during the lazy days of summer! Whether you have your toes in the sand or hanging out on a blanket in your own backyard, Summer Reads provide the ultimate escape! $1.99-$2.99 is the typical price range for these summer escapes!
These are just some quick examples of the type of incredible books you can find at Thrift Town! Of course, we have business books, resource books, coffee table picture books, travel books, parenting books, religious books, self-help/motivational books and tons more!
Oh! And I also found a few cute book racks and bookshelves in our furniture department as well!
So . . . What do researchers have to say about the importance of summer reading?
“… the best predictor of summer loss or summer gain is whether or not a child reads during the summer. And the best predictor of whether a child reads is whether or not he or she has access to books.” – Allington, Richard L. and McGill-Franzen, Anne “Bridging the Summer Reading Gap,” Scholastic Instructors
And did you know books are not just for reading? Yup! Many clever DIY crafters have thought of some wonderful upcycle ideas for recycled books. Check out Thrift Town’s “Books Aren’t Just For Re-Reading!” Pinterest Board and be inspired:
Phoebe the Dress Fiend is looking red carpet ready in a beautiful thrifted dress.
Truth be told, the Academy Awards are not nearly as exciting this year as last because our favorite movie “Lady Bird” (filmed partly at Thrift Town on El Camino in Sacramento) is not up for the 5 Academy Awards that it was in 2018. But that’s okay Oscar, we still love the show and we’ll still be watching…
The 91st Academy Awards.will be held on February 24, 2019 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. The Oscars will air LIVE on ABC at 8 p.m. ET
Didn’t get an invite to the red carpet?! You’re in good company. Only 3,400 people fit in the Dolby Theater, but over 30 million people tune in to watch the fashions, the movie stars, and the film clips.
Thrift Town has loads of outfits so you will be “carpet ready” at your own home or a friend’s party.
These DIY projects are sure to make any Academy Awards Party a hit!
Before and After Ken Doll Golden Oscar Statues.
Ken Doll Oscars look fab with a little gold spray paint. Did you ever wonder if Oscar Statues are solid gold? “When it comes to the world’s most famous trophy, all that glitters is not solid gold. ‘Oscar’ is made of bronze, and is cleaned and coated with copper, nickel and then 24K gold that is so hard and so pure that it is used by NASA in outer space.” ABC News
These Party Glasses Are All Dressed Up! Before we talk about these festive sippers. Inquiring minds want to know. Do they drink alcohol at the Academy Awards? Look’s like the answer is YES. With the help of Google, I found out that the champagne they’ll be serving at the Academy Awards and the Govoner’s Ball is Piper-Heidsieck, a French champagne that costs about $40-$50 a bottle.
Tape off the area glass that you do not want to be painted. Spray paint with glitter paint, let dry and remove tape. Add buttons with glue and/or stickers, tie a bow at the neck and you’re all set!
These dressed-up DIY tuxedo glasses will make any soda, champagne or sparkling wine taste great.
Gowns, DIY party props, fancy champagne sippers… Thrift Town has so many fantastic items to make your party memorable.
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and it is one of my most favorite holidays. What can I say, I’m a fan of LOVE. Valentine’s isn’t just a day spent with a significant other, but it’s also a day to show all the people around you that you care! There are SO many people that I love and Valentine’s Day is just an excuse to express it! If it’s your girls that you are going out with, the family, or your significant other; Thrift Town is definitely the place to go for an affordable and adorable outfit!
I wrote an article for Sacramento Parent magazine, which highlighted fun and affordable places to take your loved ones or family to eat and where to shop for cute and affordable outfits. I, of course, showed off mainly outfits from Thrift Town and found some incredible looks! What always blows me away is the phenomenal collection of kids clothes at Thrift Town. I found two looks for my adorable kid models and in total both of their looks were under $10! Incredible right?
I found the most adorable designer dress at Thrift Town for an insanely low price. Nasty Gal brand is such a fun and hip label that I rarely find out thrifting. The dress was $3.99 and I quickly grabbed it! I felt it needed a little something around the waist and how perfect is this bow belt I got for $1.99 at Thrift Town?
Here are a couple more pictures from the final article.
The little red beret is also from Thrift Town!
I am OBSESSED with the color rose quartz. It’s another great color to wear on Valentine’s Day! My Banana Republic sweater and Express skirt are from Thrift Town and was less than $20!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine’s Day and spends it with the people they love the most. Do me a favor and tell the people closest to you how much you care and love them <3 Love is such a beautiful thing and to receive it is nice, but to give it away is really something special. And don’t forget to head on over to your favorite Thrift Town for your favorite V Day look!
This week we have a sweet story about giving back. We have two amazingly generous and thoughtful employees at our Thrift Town Support office named Desi and Jennifer. Desi set out to help her niece with her school’s (McKinley Elementary School in Tracy, CA) book drive. Jennifer donated to the cause when she heard the book drive was to benefit Paradise Elementary in Paradise, CA. If that city name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the home of the Camp Fire; the state’s most destructive wildfire based on the number of structures destroyed.
Paradise Elementary School was tragically burnt down and they lost everything. McKinley Elementary School set out to make a difference by collecting as many books as they could for the children of Paradise. Our generous employee Desi purchased 100 books from Thrift Town at our 50% Off Book sale to donate to Paradise Elementary. We have book sales frequently, as well as great deals on books with weekly color tag discounts so check our Sales and Promos page for upcoming sale dates.
The total cost of these 100 children’s books was only $35! What a bargain!
Below you’ll see some fun cards that the 1st graders sent to Desi along with a thank you note from the teacher. So far McKinley Elementary School has collected over 600 books school-wide. The plan is to deliver them within the next few weeks. We congratulate McKinley Elementary for this wonderful kind-hearted project and we wish all the Paradise community our best during their recovery from the wildfires.
Thrift Town proudly made a cash donation to support the wildfire victims. If you’d like to donate money to the wildfire victims. Here is an article that lists vetted charities. Always research a charitable organization before giving cash.
Love books? Thrift Town has loads of gently used books for kids and adults, and we frequently run a 50% Off All Books Sale. Check our Sales and Promotions page to see when we’re having another big sale! We also have a fun Pinterest Board that features crafts you can make with books.