My goal is to visit every one of the many thrift shops on Cape Cod, Mass. This blog is to document my visits, but also to share details of the shop location, what kind of things you can find there, the hours, and all that good stuff.
I really like this thrift shop. It’s just the right size to spend enough time looking through things without taking up your whole afternoon, but still lets you achieve that zen thrift store shopping mode where you just look at things and let your brain drift off. There’s just enough treasure among the ordinary stuff to make looking worthwhile, and the people here are super nice.
So when I feel like getting my thrift on, frequently we come here. It’s not a boutique, but I’ve found some good things here. But then there are also used fuzzy slippers and that sort of thing, so you have to be willing to look through that stuff too.
I think that’s kind of fun, though. If you are nice to the staff sometimes they will give you a deal, but I can’t promise that they will. It depends on who you get and also you can’t go asking for a deal, that’s rude.
It’s still a little early in the thrifting season here on the cape, so it’s no wonder that both these shops were closed yet when they came up next on my list.
I have a bit of insider information about the Unitarian Thrift Shop since that’s the meeting house that Andy’s mom attends (and she’s one of the nice ladies that works at the thrift store in the summer). It is supposed to open tentatively on Monday, May 13, 2019. I will update this post after that time. This is where I got one of my favorite thrift store items, Unigoat:
Super handsome, right?
Unigoat is a goat with a unicorn horn. It has some kind of fur glued all over it. It’s excellent. This happened when Andy and I were first seeing each other. We went to the thrift store where his mom was working and I saw the unigoat and thought it was great but didn’t get it because, I think, it was $5 or something and I thought that was too much to spend on something like a unigoat. Well we left and later on that day I said something about how I wished I got the unigoat and then Andy secretly called his mom and got her to save the unigoat for me at the thrift store and bring it home so he could give it to me. It was sweet. So the unigoat is in my display case of important things now.
The other Chatham thrift store we attempted to visit was the First United Methodist Church Thrift Shop at 16 Cross Street in downtown Chatham. It says in the brochure that they are open year-round, but when we arrived, we saw a sign:
Well, it was April when we went but no luck. We’ll have to try again sometime later.
I was sad about the lameness of the thrift visit today.
Despite the name, you are not required to command a merchant ship or be a ranking naval officer to shop here.
All right that is a dumb joke. But the Sea Captains’ Thrift Shop is a very nice place and they have a really well-curated collection of things. It’s off the main drag (though still on Rt 124 so not difficult to find) so sometimes I forget about it, but it’s always a pleasant place to stop. Everything is so nice, though, sometimes I miss the process of looking through all the funny weird stuff to find the gem. These things are all lovely and well-researched, and presented in a beautiful way, it’s sometimes too pretty for my tastes, ha ha.
But if you are looking for a gift, or need some clothes for work, it’s great. I also just learned about their Annex where they have furniture and larger stuff.
Sea Captains’ Thrift Shop, 66 Harwich Rd (Rt 124), Brewster. 508-896-8180
Mon – Sat 10am – 4 pm
Up at the top of the driveway is the little thrift shop
Andy’s picks for this visit
If there’s a thrift shop there must be dishes
Clever use of a weird wire basket
A sweater with pictures of sweaters on it
A view of the front room
In a thrifting trance
This is the Annex
Need a basket? They have some baskets.
I bought this necklace for $3 stamped Ital. on the back
This is another place that Andy and I got into the habit of going to after dropping off our trash at the dump (ahem, recycling center). Mainly because the Dunkin Donuts is right next door and we like to get a coffee (for me) and iced tea (for Andy) and then it’s convenient to stop in to the “Old Ladies of the Cape.” (Sorry.)
It’s a pretty average thrift store, I would say, as far as the merchandise goes. They get nice donations but it tends to be a little on the “old lady” side. Lots of dishes and glassware, and they have good sales. The jewelry is very nice for vintage and more recent costume stuff compared to most places around.
Check it out. This seems to be the pattern with me. So far I can’t think of a thrift store on the cape I’ve been to that I would say isn’t worth stopping in once in a while to see what’s there. Our Lady of the Cape is no exception. It’s very conveniently located on 6A, the scenery is beautiful (right by Stony Brook marsh area and the Natural History Museum), and you can stop and get a coffee afterwards. How can you beat it.
It’s in the strip mall with Luke’s Liquors
What they call “statement” jewelry I guess
Checking out the shoes … though that’s something I don’t buy used
Jane Fonda will make you sweat, till you have to turn the record over
Star Trek plates
Hot collector’s item
This is the more typical sort of plate they have
Who wore it better?
… or Andy?
Meager men’s selection
What ever happened to Susan
Every Wooly Willy gets a Hitler mustache
This is one of my favorite thrift stores on the cape and Andy and I go there frequently. Usually after going to the dump we like to go to the swap shop, and if the swap shop is closed, we head over to the Brewster Thrift and go thrifting.
The ladies (and occasional gentlemen) who run the place are so nice. I mean, pretty much all thrift store ladies are nice, but these ladies are especially nice. Also, they get great stuff! It’s always something weird and interesting. The clothes are meh, though. Lots of old lady clothes, sorry to say, but I’ve found some things occasionally.
If I were bringing out-of-towners to just one “typical” Cape Cod thrift shop, where it’s probably going to be worth coming even if you just get to look at some neat stuff, this is where I would come.
As far as the Annex goes — it is sometimes open, more often in the summer, and has larger items like furniture. We bought a lot of directors’ chairs to use as outdoor seating from there which was great. Always worth a look if it’s open, but it’s hit or miss if it’s open or not.
My general feeling about Brewster Thrift
I need a hug
Spirit of 76
Andy el luchador
The miscellany shelf
I bought this little evil piggy bank
Teddy bear tea party, overseen by the sexy 60s dance lady
… before you wreck yourself
Why didn’t I get this?
We drove up to the church at this address (37 Sandwich Road in Bourne) and were a little confused as to whether or not there was actually a thrift shop here or not… there weren’t any signs up or the usual flag out or anything that we saw when we drove by. Well I was about ready to give up and figure that the thrift store closed and the brochure just hadn’t been updated, but Andy went right into the church office to ask, because he is like that, thankfully.
So we ended up going into the thrift shop from the back way. I’m super glad that Andy persevered because this is a really cool shop.
It’s very tidy and well-organized, and the clothes are arranged by size which is always so helpful. There was a sale on winter clothes and accessories going on and I found a really nice REI hat which actually fit my big head (it was actually sized XL) so I was really thrilled about it. There were a bunch of other things I had in my hand that I was going to get that I had to talk myself out of because I didn’t need them (such as a Charleston Chew magnet that looks like a Charleston Chew candy bar, because although this is a fascinating thing, it’s not something I actually need in my life at the moment).
It turns out that we didn’t see the sign out front for the thrift store because it blew over in the wind. Oh. We noticed it when we exited from the front entrance.
The sign blew over
It’s a nice big yellow basement
Enamel picture of Seattle
All your Sabrina the Teenage Witch needs
Andy picked out some more CDs
Amuse may be generous
“I am an old alcoholic LOL”
Any good church thrift has fabric bits
Does anyone know what AMRLF means???
Almost got these cute bookends
The Valley Farm Thrift Shop is out in Pocasset and if it weren’t for GPS I probably wouldn’t know where that is. There actually is a farm on the property, which is, it says on a sign, a community garden. I don’t know anything more about that part of the situation. But the thrift store is very nicely organized, though a bit overwhelming when you first walk in and find yourself in a room crammed full of clothing.
There are several racks of clothing — when we visited there was a sale on winter clothes going on — plus cases with jewelry and collectibles. The kitchen and another room downstairs in the house also have items such as dishes, books, more clothing, bags, shoes, and all the other good stuff.
It was a bleh kind of rainy day when we came out and so we were the only shoppers there, so the woman who was working at the store was watching us somewhat closely and I felt a little funny taking photos like I was casing the joint. So some of the pictures are a little rushed.
All in all — well worth a visit! I found a nice spring jacket that was 30% off.
It really is on a farm
I bought this mesmerizing crystal heart
The back room had quite a few coats on sale
Sneaking a photo in the boutique
Saddle shoes.. if you’re a golfer
Andy can’t stay out of the CD selection
Yes well I suppose so
Little wooden shoe for $1
The kitchen is full of pretty glass items
The St Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop on Main St in Buzzards Bay is a good one. You do have to drive over the bridge to get there which if you live on Cape Cod is a major deal.
It’s nicely kept and the volunteers set it up neatly.
I don’t like to say anything bad because it’s such a nice place. But the clothes probably aren’t as nice as other places on the cape (for example Hyannis Goodwill etc) and you see more sweatshirts with cutesy birds painted on them, but that’s a matter of taste so don’t listen to me. You guys are great.
There’s furniture here too, much more than you usually see at a thrifty store, so that’s a bonus too. The theme for the day was “Harvest Gold.”
It’s easy to find and it’s open till 4pm Tues thru Saturday. If you are over on that side of the bridge, check it out —
T-shirts for $1.00!!
Obligatory wall of bags
Someone got rid of their mug collection
This volunteer was sorting books by author
Lots of fancy going out tops
Sally Mountain Show
We did buy this one
Andy spends his time looking through the CDs
Bumpy green glass
For your 80s decor
So I had made a decent start, I thought, though maybe not as good of one as I really wanted to. I wrote up a few blog posts and all, and published them (despite my self-doubts), but then things started happening in my life.
I went from having one part-time job to having two, and then to three part-time jobs. I liked all the jobs, I reasoned, and two of them were seasonal, so I could just temporarily work three jobs and sure it worked out that I only had a half-day off a week for the month of July (gosh, did I really do that?), but I was a tough person and could handle it! Well, yes, I could handle it but at the expense of everything else in my life really.
So after the summer was over, I cut back on work, but then it was time to get married (did I mention that I was trying to help plan my wedding during all this too?).
In any event, I’m getting back to a more reasonable schedule and taking time for doing things for myself. And part of that is getting back to this blog.
My goal is to use the brochure, “Touring the THRIFT SHOPS of Cape Cod” as my guide to the next 47 entries in this series. This was always my original wish, to visit all of the shops listed in this brochure. It’s by no means a complete list of thrift stores, but it is a start.
You can find this brochure in most thrift shops on the Cape. It lists the church-related independent shops.
I’m super into being orderly and why not use the order provided by this. It starts in Bourne so I’m headed up the Cape.