Downtown Kennesaw, Ga, doesn’t offer much to anyone living in the 21st century. There’s a “computer” store, a few sub par restaurants, and a store that looks like a constant garage sale for over-sized homemade crafts. Outside of the Mexican supermarket, the only place I ever go is the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. It can be found by looking at this map:
The biggest problem I have with this place is the hours, which are 10am-3pm. I’m barely awake at that time let alone clothed enough to be out in public. Being closed on Sundays is also a bummer, but then again it is a religious store that employs older people, so it’s understandable.
That being said, this is actually a great little thrift shop. They have a bigger selection than you’d think and the prices are fairly, well, fair. This place has plenty of furniture, nicely organized book section, a good amount of clothing, and several aisles of “stuff.” Every time I’m here I check out the shelf with board games; I always find something cool or that I’ve never heard of. This is definitely a place you’ll want to stop at if you’re in the Kennesaw area between 10am and 3pm. That’s actually pretty much the only time there isn’t traffic, so it works out pretty well.
I didn’t get a picture, but there’s also a small section at the front of the store with several wedding dresses. I actually know someone who used a Goodwill dress at her wedding, so it made me smile when I saw them. I’m still searching for a nice white suit that’ll fit me…a man can dream…
Anyway, I give this place 7/10 thrifted tweed jackets. And if you ever come here, please visit the supermercado next door. You won’t be disappointed.
I feel like $10 is too much for this, but then again I’m not a middle-aged woman.
Found this at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in El Cajon, Ca.
Address: 2325 Fletcher Parkway, El Cajon, CA, 92020.
I found this store on a jog through Fletcher Hills, just north of La Mesa, California. The conventional thrift store section was fairly small, but had a large annex with lots of gently used or new furniture for reasonable prices. It also had really nice bathrooms, which is a rarity for thrift stores.
The cloting selection was almost excusively women’s which was disappointing. What I found most interesting was a rack of brand new Reebok football jerseys for $15 a pop. There were about 23 Phillip Rivers Chargers jerseys in addition to some nameless Red Skin, Dolphin and Raider jerseys. Unfortunately there were all size XXL (I hate Rivers so I wouldn’t have bought one anyway). Checking eBay I realized even for that great price it would be hard to resell them for a profit.
There were a fair amount of neat plates, books and brand new duffle bags to choose from. Also, in the furniture annex they had these giant old fashioned gas pumps for sale. I’ll be posting that one tomorrow so you can see what I’m talking about.
The staff was kind and offered their help, which is all you can ask.
Overall I’d definitely recommend this store. The prices were fair based on my experience and everything was clearly marked and well organized. I was on a jog so for the first time in a while I left a thrift store with nothing. There were a few records I’d likely have bought as well as a nice terrarium with some good accessories. I give it 8/10 used tweed suits: