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Shop Secondhand and Save

Patch scoured our local resources to come up with secondhand shops that offer deals year-round.

A great way to save money, and the Earth, is to shop secondhand. Concord is filled with antique, consignment and thrift stores. Redecorate your home, get a new wardrobe and pick up collectibles you can’t find anywhere else without leaving Concord. So get out and celebrate Earth Day by recycling and reusing items within the community.

Looking to make money? This week’s Frugal Family offers information about places at which you can save money and sell your used items to make some, too.

Patch encourages you to participate in this column by letting us know about the great deals you’ve heard about around town. Just add them to our comment box below and look for them to be featured on future Frugal Family articles.

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Deal: Save every day by shopping secondhand clothing, toys, furniture, home goods and more.

The Fine Print: Savings come from shopping for pre-used items. No restrictions apply.

Extra, Extra: Proceeds benefit the Animal Rescue Foundation, or ARF.

Good through: Ongoing.

 

2.

Deal: Peruse unique items such as books, knickknacks, fabric, housewares, clothes, furniture and appliances.

The Fine Print: Savings come from shopping for pre-used items. No restrictions apply.

Extra, Extra: Anna’s Attic is affiliated with the Hospice of East Bay.

Good Through: Ongoing.

 

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Deal: Get thrifty and pick up treasures at Consignment Treasures: vintage furniture, fine collectibles, recycled purses and other items, including home décor.

The Fine Print: Savings come from shopping for pre-used items. No restrictions apply.

Extra, Extra: Bring in items daily that will be sold in the shop.

Good Through: Ongoing.

 

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Deal: Attend the Solano Public Market, a large garage-sale environment at which you'll find 500 vendors on weekends selling bargain-priced household items, antiques, collectibles and even produce.

The Fine Print: The market is open weekends year-round, weather permitting.

Extra, Extra: Learn about having a booth by calling the district manager, Nancy Crane, at 415-448-8325.

Good Through: Ongoing.

 

5.

Deal: Shop an array of reusable items at Goodwill, including clothes and shoes for the entire family.

The Fine Print: Savings come from shopping for pre-used items. No restrictions apply.

Extra, Extra: Donate items to the Goodwill and help the community.

Good Through: Ongoing.

Lisa April 20, 2011 at 07:47 PM
Worth the drive is Thrift Town in El Sobrante. It is HUGE! Sign up for their emails and get notifications on special sales. Certain color tags are 50% or 40% or whatever every day. Everything is arranged by not only men/women/boy/girl, but by size, color and type of item (short sleeves, skirts, etc.) Everyday they get thousands of new items in. My daughter got a Jessica McClintock satin gown for $2.99! It is right on San Pablo Dam Road, when you see the big Good Will sign on the left, get ready to turn into the parking lot on the right. It is so popular you sometimes have to drive around the lot following people as they leave to get a parking space.
Peggy Spear April 20, 2011 at 10:52 PM
I love Thrift Town! I used to live two blocks away, and got some great kids costumes there at Halloween. And for those of us who live out this way, you can take San Pablo Dam road and be there in 25 minutes.
Lisa April 21, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Or, if you are in North Concord (like us!) you can take Highway 4. I have never found anything torn, or dirty there. There are special racks for the expensive brands. They get some good stuff too.
Vikki April 22, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Consigmment Treasures store is EMPTY and their phone number is disconnected. I only had one item in the store but I wonder about all the people with furniture and china on consignment. . .

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