In this economy, saving money is more important then ever. Not only is saving money popular right now, but saving the planet is also popular as well. There is one way you can go green and save green all at the same time and that is by shopping at thrift stores. Fortunately, if you live in the Sacramento, California area there are a number of thrift stores to serve your needs.
Deseret Industries is located at 3000 Auburn Blvd #B in Sacramento California. This is by far the best thrift store in the area. Deseret Industries has everything you could want in a thrift store. They have a large location which means a large selection of all kinds of things. They have an outdoor area which includes exercise equipment, outdoor equipment, and sporting goods no where else has outdoor items and exercise items in an entire section like they have. They have a large selection of furniture. They have a large selection of books and toys. The selection of clothes is amazing, these are not lame clothes you can actually find high end designer labels here. You can actually find Abercormbie, etc at Deseret Industries. The staff are far better then what you get with most thrift stores and are really nice and helpful. Deseret Industries is extremely clean unlike other thrift stores and a good job is done to keep everything in order.The parking is also excellent and it is easy to find and get in and out of the Deseret Industries. The one thing I do not like about the Deseret Industries is it is so far from where I live so I do not get to go there often.
Folsom Snowline Hospice
The Folsom Snowline Hospice is located at 616 East Bidwell, Folsom California. The parking can be hit or miss, sometimes there are tons of people sometimes there are none. Regardless of how many cars are taking spots you have little room to pull out of a spot at Snowline in Folsom. What is good about Snowling Hospice in Folsom is the prices. Compared to Goodwill in Folsom you get great prices. An example of prices are magazines for a dime, paperback books for .75 which is more then they used to be, hardbacks for only a dollar. I got a tie that is usually $1.75 but I happened to be there on the first Tuesday of the month which is when everything is half off so I got it for less then a dollar. At goodwill a tie cost $5. Snowline Hospice in Folsom is not as big as Goodwill and does not have as large a selection I always wished they were the big ones instead of Goodwill. The people are volunteers and very helpful. Every day there is some kind of deal such as a 50% off shirts day, or half off books day. If you go regularly you can find out what the days are and get stuff on the good days for what you want.
Cameron Park Snowline Hospice
The Cameron Park Snowline Hospice located at 3300 Coach Lane Suite 17 Cameroon Park, California is also a good thrift store. It is larger then the Folsom store but in Cameron Park which is not as close to most people as Folsom is. The Cameron Park Snowline Hospices strong suite is its book selection. There is a large selection of great books for sale at the Cameron Park Snowline Hospice. My theory is that there are lots of old retirees in Cameron Park that read in their spare time and give their books away when done, or die and families donate them. I do tend to only see people over 60 here most of the time so that might be where I get this theory. The books selection besides being large is also cheap. You will not find books any cheaper then the Cameron Park Snowline Hospice so if you are a bibliophile you may want to make the trek up to Cameron Park for this thrift store.
The Folsom Goodwill is like the CIS even though it is not in Eastern Europe but at 390 Plaza Drive, Folsom California. While it is across from Winco which I like to say is like the UN of grocery stores, or even the Wal-Mart of grocery stores there seems to only be Eastern Europeans here so its more like the CIS then the UN. The Goodwill is in a nice new building, it has a large selection of goods with clothes being the bulk of what is offered. Prices are higher then any other thrift stores in the area. The selection can be better because it is Folsom families, somewhat like Deseret gets Mormon families goods. But the store is the most expensive thrift store in the area. The stores is always really cluttered which I think is because of the people who shop there you see pick stuff up and just leave without taking things back, as well as the low quality of the employees. The employees are not very helpful and do not seem to do much or care. I do go here when I am already at Winco and I really wish people would stop donating here and start donating at Snowline so Snowline would have more stuff. I try to donate to Snowline before going to Goodwill myself.
The Arden Goodwill located at 2265 Arden Way in Sacramento California. The Arden Goodwill is better then the Folsom Goodwill. At least the people who go there and work there speak English. The prices are better at Arden then Folsom. The quality of the items is not as good here though, and it is clear that the items they have are from donations from the area. If you are into hip hop culture then this is the place for you to get some great clothes you will like but the selection is not ethnically diverse. While Zebra stripe prints may not be my taste I would still got to the Arden Goodwill to shop instead of Folsom if it was closer to me. The workers here are nicer and more useful. The one bad thing about Arden is getting in and out as it is on a busy street.
Where you go to shop at a thrift store is most likely dependent on where you live. But if you are willing to go beyond your local area to find a good thrift store then you can try one of these locations. Make sure that these thrifts stores have what you are interested in though. If you want clothes, Folsom Goodwill, or Deseret Industries are good choices. For books Snowline Hospice of Cameron Park or Deseret Industries are good. If you like African American clothes then the Goodwill in Arden is a good choice. Overall I think that the best Thrift Store around is the Deseret Industries store, and I have been to other Deseret Industries stores and have always found them to be some of the best thrift stores.