To paraphrase the old advertising jingle for breath mints, visiting Thrift Shop Row in Orange is pretty close to having three thrift stores in one! If you want to make the most of limited time in your busy schedule, this is a wonderful place to try. There are three thrift shops all in the same strip mall on East Grove, so you can wander from one to the other without having to get back in your car and drive off to somewhere else again. You are sure to find what you are looking for in at least one of the shops, and may discover more.
The Sheepfold Thrift Store at 335 East Grove Orange, CA 92865 (714-637- 1132) is the store with which I was familiar. The proceeds from this thrift store support a Christian ministry to homeless or abused women and their children. This focus is evident for instance in their in-store display of T-shirts for sale (“Love Never Hits- Stop Domestic Violence”). In keeping with the roots of this ministry as well, this thrift store has a sizable children and ladies section of clothing. The Friday I visited, everything in the store was 50% off unless marked “regular”. There was a nice selection of small electronics (a microwave for $29.98 for example, a blender at $24.98). The TV’s were 60% off also, although all the televisions that I saw available were the old style ones- not a flat screen in sight. The store seemed to be undergoing renovation, with part of it blocked off. This unfortunately reduced the size of the shop, although that situation is likely to change as it is reorganized. There were bargains to be had, but a little hunting might be necessary.
The nearby Family Thrift Shoppe (or simply Thrift Shoppe as the sign says) at 303 East Grove Orange CA (714-974-9141) offers not just clothing but collectibles and vintage items. There was quite an array the day I was there, although there seemed to be no rhyme or reason to the arrangement. How about a signed photo of Brent Spiner for $19.99? (Trekkies who loved him as the android Lieutenant Commander Data in Star Trek: The Next Generation would snap this find up!) Maybe a collectible Elvis Pez candy dispenser is more your speed at $12.99? ET memorabilia? Nixon magazines? All are here in this store for the choosing. The clothing prices are very reasonable- there was a rack of nice ladies jackets priced at $2.99 and lots of blouses at $3.99. Gap, Liz and Co, Faded Glory and Chico’s brands are scattered amongst the clothing choices, there is just a little digging that is required to find y our treasure.
Last but not least was the Siloe Thrift Store. It was the smallest of the three, chock full of goodies but cramped. I could not find any on-line information later when I looked for it- unfortunate, as I had not even gotten an address or phone number, not realizing it would not be available when doing research. The store really does exist though, if not on-line. It has more home goods items than clothing items. There’s great deals on videos- 3 for a dollar, new sunglasses for $3.50 (the tags on them say $5.99 and up), a hose cart for the garden available for $10, assorted furniture for rock-bottom prices. It is worth sifting through the home goods to see what is there that day.
So for “three thrifts in one”- head for Thrift Store Row at Chapman and East Grove in Orange. It will not be a disappointment.