Those Assistance League ladies run the nicest thrift stores. I shopped the Assistance League store in Denver in 2010 and was impressed with the quality of the merchandise. Similarly, the Sacramento store feels like an upscale boutique.
The Assistance League of Sacramento’s Fabulous Finds on Fulton impresses from the outside. The building looks new and tidy in gray stucco with ornamental canopies. Inside, it’s arranged like a vintage boutique, with clothing on the right and housewares on the left. The nicest items are grouped in displays at the front of the store. As I walked in, I overheard another shopper introducing her friend to the shop: “This is the Nordstrom of thrift stores.”
The nicest, new-with-tags, and/or designer items are located at the front of the store and marked with green tags. $20 was the most common price I saw on Signature items.
As you can no doubt gather from the number of pictures, the most interesting items were in the Signature section. However, I was feeling poor, so I only chose one item from the front to try on.
New Arrivals and Active Wear
The newest items and active wear are located on racks, near the register, about halfway back from the front door. The new items were a bit of a yawn and I didn’t look at active wear.
Shoes and Belts
The shoe selection isn’t large, but it’s very nice. I saw a number of pairs that I would have snagged if they had been in my size! I did find a pink belt to take to the dressing room.
The purses were also displayed nicely, but I was not tempted.
The scarves DID tempt me – especially the one printed with cats. I tried to get my neighbor to buy it, but I was unsuccessful. (She has more cats than I do. I’m down to three. Zoro passed away earlier this month.) I seriously considered the rodeo bandana. I’m judging a 4-H speech contest this month, but it might be too “on the nose” if I wore that.
As usual, the jewelry is displayed in and on glass cases surrounding the register. I bought the moon earrings.
The bargains are found at the back of the store. Like items are grouped together and were mostly priced at $5.
Jeans, skirts, pants, and shorts each had their own rack.
Tops and Dresses
Tops were organized by sleeve length and blazers seemed to be racked with long-sleeved shirts. I had to look for the dress rack. It was at the edge of the housewares section. (No pictures of the dress rack worth sharing. I seemed to have been Shakey McShakey-hands with the iPhone camera on this excursion!)
Let’s try on!
This Zara dress fits in the waist, but I could fit another set of boobs in the top. I really like the black, nylon tee with sheer shoulders.
I wasn’t that interested in housewares, this trip. I did note the book selection and the crafting supplies. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many sewing and knitting items at a thrift store.
I left the store with the white shirt, black tee, pink belt, and moon earrings for around $30. (The white shirt was $20.) The deals weren’t as good as my last thrifting trip, but the selection and experience were more upscale. I earned three stamps on my Thrifty Shopper card and felt good about contributing to the Assistance League’s philanthropic programs.