Originally Published: April 7, 2016 6:45 p.m.
As I write this, I am wearing a dress I bought from Goodwill. It still had the new tag on it and had never been worn before I got it. My sweater, which matches my dress, was purchased at St. Vincent DePaul in Mayer. And my sandals, well, I actually got them at a yard sale. They were practically brand new and have served me well for several years. The total cost of my ensemble, which is nice enough to wear to a business meeting later today? Right around $13.
Yes, I am a thrift shopper. A day out on the town for me and my husband nearly always includes a visit to the many thrift stores scattered between Prescott and Mayer. It’s so much more fun than shopping at boring department stores where the prices are high and the merchandise quality is cheap. There is an endless variety of stuff to look at, and you can’t beat the amazing prices.
I am actually breaking a bond by telling everyone about my favorite places. My fellow thrift shoppers, some of whom buy items to stock their own shops, are probably about to get mad at me. But I submit that between all of these places, plus the numerous garage sales our area has and Peddler’s Pass flea market, there is plenty to go around. So here goes.
By far, the award for best clothing selection goes to the Goodwill in Prescott. You can find them at the one in Prescott Valley also, but we tend to go there more for their awesome book selection, kitchenware and linens. For vintage clothing, jewelry and some great furniture deals, we enjoy skulking around NOAH in Prescott. My friend, Lauren Looney, who also donates her time at Sharlot Hall Museum, is just one of the friendly staff members who work there.
Near NOAH is the Salvation Army Thrift Store. My husband, being an upcycled metal sculptor, can always find a great deal on silverware there and appreciates the volume discount they extend. We find the same hospitality at Stepping Stones, where we go for office supplies, furniture and appliances. They also have an outstanding book section, although I do wish they would stop marking prices in grease pencil on the covers, which often ruins the dust jackets.
Being animal lovers, we tend to favor thrift shops that benefit them. This includes NOAH, but also the Yavapai Humane Society Thrift Store, which has a great revolving inventory and decent prices. I also like the Bradshaw Mountain Wildlife Thrift Shop, which recently relocated to new digs right on Highway 69 south of Mayer. It’s bigger, brighter, cleaner and has a great staff.
There are so many other great stores I could name, but these are the ones we visit most often. We also make sure we donate our used goods to them as often as we can. Both our donations and the cash we spend are great tax write-offs, and we feel good that we are giving back to our communities while finding great deals on cool stuff.
So if you haven’t spent a day thrift shopping, we highly recommend it. You will be amazed at what you might find!