No joke: one of the deciding factors in choosing our home was its proximity to a thrift store. Before Family Tree Thrift Shoppe moved, it was within walking distance of the house. It’s since moved to a larger space, but it’s now located in the same center as our regular grocery store, so I have plenty of chances to browse here.
I run across my old clothing every time I shop at Family Tree Thrift Shoppe because this is where I donate my stuff! I just drop in before or after my grocery shopping at Raley’s and leave a few bags behind. I donate more than I shop. When I do shop, I have the most success in housewares and books. For this post, though, I made a dedicated effort to shop the clothing and show you what I found
Jackets and Coats
I found my old, Forever 21 denim jacket hanging here, as well as a satin blazer and a sheer bolero I was tempted to take home.
Skirts and Shorts
I’m still looking for a denim skirt to replace the last one I thrifted (and then ripped). I found one candidate and three pairs of shorts to try on.
Nicer & Newer, Tank Tops, Long Sleeve, Swim Wear, Sleep & Lingerie, Bras
I browsed these sections but didn’t find anything to photograph or take to the dressing room. That’s pretty typical of my experience, here. For the most part, the clothes are plain and a little tired. The weirdest stuff probably comes from my donations.
I browsed this section and found the most interesting items, but also those in the worst condition or made of the nastiest fabrics. I was intrigued by the Beetlejuice shirt (but it was polyester) and the sequin tank (but it was unraveling at the hem). In the first photo, you can also see the large selection of baby clothing.
The dress section is pretty hit or miss here. I found a few things intriguing enough to photograph, this time. And I took a knit tunic to the dressing room (but not the one pictured, below).
This store carries some new merchandise items, mostly cheap imports. I almost always browse the new jewelry (as well as the second-hand), but have not bought anything. I was tempted by a pair of red earrings with tassels, but the threads looked loose and uneven.
Housewares and Books
Because the clothing usually disappoints, I focus on housewares and books during my regular visits. I didn’t browse these sections during this visit, but I’ve often had good luck. Some of the books I took on my Sierra summer were purchased here.
I took three pairs of shorts, a denim skirt, a knit tunic, and a dress I pulled off a mannequin into the dressing room.
The shorts were so frustrating. I hate inconsistent sizing. I tried on a pair of Old Navy shorts in size 4, Roxy shorts in size 7, and Xhilaration shorts in size 9. They were all too small, but the Xhilaration shorts at least fastened.
I’m accustomed to Old Navy’s vanity sizing, so I honestly thought a pair of size 4 shorts would fit. No way.
Finding this one dress was worth all the past, fruitless visits to the Family Tree Thrift Shoppe!
I think the reason I generally don’t find anything here is due to the donation pool. Chain thrift stores (like Goodwill) receive their merchandise from a distribution center (which in turn receives merchandise from many donation points) and thus have a greater variety in quality and style of items. Family Tree gets its donations from the immediate area. The neighborhoods surrounding Family Tree Thrift Shoppe are low- to middle-income and made up mostly of families and retirees. It’s not an area known for its style. I like to think that someone in the environs is enjoying my donations, though! And I’d like to send out a thank you to whomever donated the Milly dress.