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Where Finding
Treasure Supports
Charitable Causes

Encinitas is home to four charity resale shops that raise funds for animal and social service programs. Collectors and bargain-seekers never know what they’ll find. A clarinet? A bicycle? Oil paintings? Shoppers will even find designer labels, including Coach, Jimmy Choo and Tommy Bahama. And, the search
for treasures and necessities supports
the community.

The original Rancho Coastal Humane Society (RCHS) Thrift Shop (established in 1960), benefiting animals, was located off a dirt road that would become Interstate 5. One founding volunteer is still there today.

“We get a lot of thrift shop manifestation, where folks will drop in for a very specific item and find it here on their first try,” said Brian Cook, RCHS Store Manager. The store has expanded three times in the last year and a half. Inside the shop at 120 Aberdeen Dr. in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, merchandise includes furniture, clothing, books, antiques and housewares. “Tax-Free Wednesdays” make bigger ticket items more affordable, in addition to Sunday and Monday half-off sales on reduced merchandise.

Community Resource Center (CRC) Thrift Shop (established 1980) benefits programs for families in need and victims of domestic violence. The shop relocated five years ago to 111 C St. in the original Poinsettia shipping warehouse.

“This store is like the old general store,” said Robert Pontier, a CRC store manager. “We don’t have clients – we have friends come through.” Each weekend, a color tag sale features half-
price items in the specified color category. On Tuesdays, shoppers draw an envelope at checkout offering a surprise discount on books, DVDs, designer clothing, electronics, housewares
and furniture.

Hospice of the North Coast Resale Shop (established 1985) is located at 278-B N. El Camino Real. The shop carries apparel, diverse jewelry selection, books, art and small appliances. Sales support Hospice programs for ensuring a peaceful life-through-death experience. Each month there is a one-color tag sale for half-price clothing all month long.

Fabulous Finds (established 2002), operated by Assistance League of Rancho San Dieguito, is located at 1542 Encinitas Blvd. This is a smaller shop and savvy collectors know size doesn’t matter. The shop carries books, furniture, adult clothing and housewares. Hug-A-Bear is one of the trauma victim programs supported by store sales to comfort children in tragedy. On Saturdays, select items go on sale.

Donated inventory is updated daily at most of these locations. Shopping for unique and everyday items is a way of giving back this holiday season and all year long.