Goodwill and Thrift Town are the flashy thrift stores in Sacramento. They have multiple locations, advertise, and boast the biggest parking lots. The single Sacramento location of St Vincent de Paul is easy to miss on Watt Avenue, but worth the u-turn. The store is bigger than it looks and the prices can’t be beat.
Immediately upon entering, the Specialty Room is on the left. It holds the designer and vintage items. (But there are even more vintage items in another section.)
My neighbor Amanda has no idea she is now on my blog. Speaking of Amanda, I suggested she wear this fringe skirt to teach her 5th graders. I was tempted by the bejeweled and jewel-print blouse.
The black linen skirt wasn’t my size. The suede skirt looks very much like the one I already own. I didn’t see any “big name” designers in here, but I wasn’t really looking.
Two rooms on the immediate right, after entering, hold scarves, bags, hats, and shoes. Shoes are also shelved elsewhere in the store. There were so. many. shoes. Belts are at the end of racks in the main part of the store. (I snagged two.) I bought a bunch of cosmetic cases to hold my various cords and remotes for my speaking gigs. The jewelry items are in and on a glass case surrounding the checkout.
Sky-high heels no longer tempt me. But I’m kicking myself for leaving the leopard, pompom trimmed scarf behind. I bought the sort-of-camo clutch on the bottom right of the shelf for travel.
Belts, belts, belts (including the two I bought).
Obnoxious belt buckles and shell necklaces are so cool, even if not my style.
I was still searching for a new denim skirt. The selection was fairly small.
Just to be clear, these are WOMEN’S skirts. I put this olive, studded number in my cart to try on. This white skirt is 100% cotton and could be dyed another color.
The denim skirts were all crotch scrapers. Black tulle, anyone? The polka dot Talbots skirt was classy.
The dress selection was similarly small. The rack was only about 12 feet long. However, with both the dresses and skirts, many of these garments could be found in the Specialty Room or the Vintage and Premium section.
Once again, the “Women’s” is probably unnecessary. I’m always tempted by these prison dresses, but they look terrible on me.
The regular dress section was small, but a good selection of wedding dresses, formal dresses, and fur coats could be found along the adjacent wall/window.
My workout clothes are never in any shape to donate when I’m done with them. However, I’ve found almost brand-new gear from other people at the thrift store. I picked up a terry-cloth skirt to try on. I need more running skirts/shorts for the hot weather.
Vintage and Premium
This was my FAVORITE section! There was one long, low rack and one long, tall rack separated by a wall of shoes. (I’m not sure if the shoes were “vintage and premium” or just happened to be there.) I found so many treasures.
So much “vintage and premium!” The satin shirt had a lovely drape and an obnoxious pattern. I think the boots just happen to be located in this section.
Sequin tops make me think of Vegas. I think one of the daughters wore these envelope waist shorts on Just the Ten of Us. It’s the wrong season to be shopping for polar bear jackets.
I think you already know that I bought the ethnic maxi skirt. My neighbor said she had a poncho like this as a child.
The rest of the women’s clothing is organized into a large section near the front register. It’s neatly categorized by type, size, and color.
My car was already filling up by the time I hit the main women’s clothing section. I thought this chain print cami might look nice under a blazer. I’ve liked zombies from way before they were cool.
Speaking of cool, I’m not cool enough for a skull-print, denim shirt. I am cool enough for olive gingham. I think this leopard blazer was too big.
Housewares, Furniture, Books
I was confused by all the strings hanging from these shorts. Silk blouse alert!
Half of the store is housewares, furniture, and books. I really enjoy the book selection. It’s somewhat organized and vast.
Let’s try on!
Even though this skirt is a little big, I want it! The shorts are also too big, but I will keep them just to pair with tops in the dressing room.
I love this navy striped shirt with the crochet trim. I also love the way this poncho looks, but not how it feels. (Scratchy!)
Both of these items are too small. I’d have to remove half a shoulder for the top to fit and a few ribs (and maybe a kidney) for the skirt to fit.
The sweater looks unflattering with a sports bra, but I see potential. The skirt is way too big.
You can’t tell from my face, but I like both the gingham shirt and the terry skirt.
Both these items are comically small. I can’t button the shirt and I can barely zip the skirt. Pass!
The already low prices are even lower, depending on the day of the week and the current color tag promotions. I shopped on a Sunday. Clothing with a green tag was 25 cents. Items with a blue tag were 50% off and those with a pink tag were 25% off.
The clothing I bought rang up as follows (after the tag discount):
Ethnic maxi skirt: $8
Navy and white striped shirt: $2
Gray sweater: 25¢
Olive gingham shirt: $4
Terry skirt: $2.50.
You can earn an additional discount by signing up for the Sacramento St Vincent de Paul email list. (I believe it’s 15%) I receive an email about twice a week and they are usually sale alerts. (The sales are also announced on the store’s Facebook page
.) I love St Vincent de Paul!
I’ve already worn five of my new items (including the white, woven belt). You can see the full outfit post by clicking on the below images: