Thrift Store Roundup

Thrift Store Roundup

Samantha Olivares-Ramirez, Special Features Editor

Want to revamp your closet, find that perfect statement piece that just screams “you”? Or maybe you are looking for a guilt-free way to spice up your wardrobe, without contributing to the horrible sweatshop industry we learn about in Social Justice. Well your search is over: here is a quick roundup of a few of the thrift shops in our area.


The Salvation Army:

1522 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128

The Salvation Army is the place to go if you’re looking for furniture, appliances and workout machines, but if you’re looking for something a little smaller, they’ve still got you covered. Books and records are very popular, and the store’s convenient organization and pricing make them a definite favorite among customers. The toy and shoe sections may be smaller than at other stores, but they both have a big enough variety to suit everyone’s needs. And the color coded clothes racks are not to be missed. With different colored tags for each size, it is easy to find that hidden gem that is perfect for you. This store is a lot quieter than others, so if you want a rewarding and relaxing shopping experience, The Salvation Army is the way to go.

Best for: books and records


Hope Thrift:

2306 Almaden Rd, San Jose, CA 95125

A new addition to our local thrift shops, Hope Thrift on Almaden was filled with unique finds. From the large variety of glassware to the book section ranging from kids to adults, this store really has it all. The clothing racks are divided into men’s, women’s and kids’ sections and are sorted by size. Each rack of clothes is labeled at the front of the aisle with what that rack has, such as long sleeved tops, dresses, jeans, etc. Aside from these sections, there are other ones for toys, CDs, movies, shoes, bikes, bags and purses. Throughout the store there are different colored price tags and according to that day’s color, you can get discounts on the items with that colored tag. Hope Thrift is organized, budget friendly and has excellent customer service, making it a definite thrift shop favorite.

Best for: glassware, bikes, jeans and sweaters



1579 Meridian Ave, San Jose, CA 95125

Walking into Goodwill, you are immediately drawn to the endless racks of clothes. There is everything from sweaters to jeans, all organized by size in their respective section. The seasonal area (at press time, Halloween) was a lot more extensive than that found at other stores. Also, Goodwill has electronics, records and a handmade, all natural soap and incense selection. On the other hand, they had a very small bike collection compared to other stores and they had virtually no toys for children. Overall, Goodwill was clean and organized and provided a good shopping experience.

Best for: seasonal gear (especially (new!) Halloween costumes), snacks and records


If you are ready to get thrift shopping, make sure to check out these other stores in our area!

Crossroads Trading Co:

  • 1008 Blossom Hill Rd
    San Jose, CA 95123
  • 1959 West San Carlos

San Jose, CA 95128


Plato’s Closet:

5440 Thornwood Dr H

San Jose, CA 95123


Happy Dragon:

245 W Main St

Los Gatos, CA 95030