Shop for a cause: A guide to thrifting in the Coachella Valley

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Revivals thrift store in Palm Springs, Calif.
Revivals thrift store in Palm Springs, Calif.

Supply chain delays got you down this holiday season? What about the environmental impact of all that production, packing and shipping? One way to get what you need right away — and recycle while you're at it — is to buy other people's trash.

By that I mean, of course, the treasure hunt that is thrift shopping.

I'm a big fan of buying used. Not only is it cheaper than buying new, it also makes it less likely that I'll be wearing the same outfit as someone else. And, if my cat destroys my couch by using it as a cat-scratcher, it isn't as devastating as it would be if the couch was new or, worse, expensive.

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If you want to save some money buying for your friends, family or yourself, here are some great nonprofit thrift stores to check out. Happy hunting!

Revivals thrift store features items made by Sewing with Purpose on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018
Revivals thrift store features items made by Sewing with Purpose on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018

Support health and wellness

All of the proceeds from Revivals stores — there are four locations in the Coachella Valley — benefit DAP Health, formerly Desert AIDS Project. The stores are staffed with volunteers and, according to my observations, have the widest selection of men's clothing (rare for a thrift store!). They also have great, inexpensive furniture as well as new furniture in mid-century modern styles.

Revivals locations:

  • Palm Springs: 611 S. Palm Canyon Drive (Highway 111)

  • Cathedral City: 68-401 Highway 111

  • Palm Desert: 72-885 Highway 111

  • Indio: 82-150 Highway 111

All Revivals locations are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

What I bought: Two "like new" Calvin and Hobbes books for my nephew for $1 each

Related: Revivals volunteer Steven Shuman finds purpose and unity through giving back

More: These Desert AIDS Project volunteers are 'Sewing Hope' to end HIV/AIDS in Coachella Valley

Collectors Corner offers vintage shopping in Rancho Mirage.
Collectors Corner offers vintage shopping in Rancho Mirage.

Collectors Corner, which is operated by the Eisenhower Health Dolores Hope Auxiliary, benefits Eisenhower Medical Center. The Auxiliary has raised more than $23 million to help fund health-education programs, medical equipment, building projects and scholarships, according to its website.

The two-story building is also one of the most organized thrift stores I've been to. Upstairs includes towels, linens, blankets, holiday decor and kitchen stuff. Downstairs has furniture, dishes and lots of clothes.

Collectors Corner is located at 71-280 Highway 111 in Rancho Mirage. It's open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

What I bought: I started learning how to swing a golf club this year, but I don't have a golf wardrobe yet. I found two golf shirts — one Lululemon — and pink shorts for $7.

Geza Csurirra looks for clothing from the Desert Rose Thrift Shoppe inside the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on July 14, 2021.
Geza Csurirra looks for clothing from the Desert Rose Thrift Shoppe inside the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., on July 14, 2021.

Support seniors

Whether they're full-time residents or snowbirds, older adults make up a lot of the valley's population. They're commonly seen among thrift store racks and are often the ones donating their goods.

There are three thrift stores in the valley that focus on helping seniors directly, including:

  • Desert Rose Thrift Store (inside the Desert Hot Springs Senior Center), 11-777 West Drive, mostly serves members, but is open to the public. It is staffed by volunteers and proceeds benefit the senior center. Hours are approximately 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Aunt Betty's Attic at the Mizell Center, 480 S. Sunrise Way in Palm Springs, is also run by volunteers and benefits senior center programs. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Elder Love Thrift Store, 72-221 Highway 111 in Palm Desert, is not associated with a senior center, but has a mission to help cut the caregiving and support services costs many seniors face. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Read more about Elder Love on A1.

Score a deal: Every Friday, Elder Love Thrift Store offers customers champagne, snacks, and a spin of the discount wheel.

Support those living with disabilities

Angel View, a nonprofit that provides weekday services to eligible adults with disabilities from the Coachella Valley among other services, recently received a grant from the Palm Springs Rotary Foundation.
Angel View, a nonprofit that provides weekday services to eligible adults with disabilities from the Coachella Valley among other services, recently received a grant from the Palm Springs Rotary Foundation.

Proceeds from Angel View stores support those living with disabilities through residential care, day and outreach programs. The stores are set up similarly to a Goodwill and, like that store, offers some new items (things like shower curtains, pillows and area rugs) mixed in with its used merchandise.

Tony White, store manager at Angel View in La Quinta was able to come back to work on May 19 after being sent on furlough due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is photographed on July 8, 2020.
Tony White, store manager at Angel View in La Quinta was able to come back to work on May 19 after being sent on furlough due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is photographed on July 8, 2020.

Angel View locations:

  • Palm Springs: 462 N. Indian Canyon and 454 N. Indian Canyon Drive

  • Cathedral City: 67-625 Highway 111

  • Rancho Mirage: 72-747 Dinah Shore Drive

  • Palm Desert: 73-468 Highway 111 and 37-023 Cook St.

  • Sun City: 78-395 Varner Road

  • La Quinta: 79-400 Highway 111 and 77-975 Calle Tampico

  • Bermuda Dunes: 77-898 Country Club Drive

  • Desert Hot Springs: 66-389 Pierson Blvd. and 64-669 Dillon Road (Clearance Center)

  • Indio: 45-430 Fargo St.

My favorite find: A brand-new, blue crushed-velvet style bolster pillow. It made my second-hand futon all the more snazzy!

Tony White, store manager at Angel View in La Quinta was able to come back to work on May 19 after being sent on furlough due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is photographed on July 8, 2020.
Tony White, store manager at Angel View in La Quinta was able to come back to work on May 19 after being sent on furlough due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He is photographed on July 8, 2020.

Goodwill of Southern California's mission is to provide education and job training to those with disabilities or those living with some other disadvantage. Our area Goodwill stores are great for deep discounts on furniture that needs a little love — great for those with empty apartments, limited cash and some ingenuity.

Goodwill locations:

  • Cathedral City: 67-555 E. Palm Canyon (Highway 111)

  • Rancho Mirage: 72-014 Highway 111

  • La Quinta: 79-640 Highway 111

All are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

My favorite find: A white standalone clothing rack (think: shabby chic) for $10.

If you're headed to the Rancho Mirage location, stop by the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, 42-410 Bob Hope Drive (Suite No. 2). There are clothes, books and furniture at this little shop and proceeds go towards cancer research, advocacy and care.

Support those looking to find work, housing and opportunity

Desert Best Friend's Closet, 74-040 Highway 111 in Palm Desert (Suite F) provides locals with free interview outfits and helps with resume writing, filling out job applications and interview skills.

Score a deal: Every item is $5 and, if you purchase four items, the fifth item is free.

Desert Best Friend's Closet thrift boutique in Palm Desert
Desert Best Friend's Closet thrift boutique in Palm Desert

One of my favorite stores is the Habitat For Humanity Coachella Valley ReStore, 72-680 Dinah Shore Drive in Palm Desert, conveniently located by Costco. The organization helps low-income residents become home owners.

I've had a soft spot for ReStores since I found a very comfy and cheap couch at one back in North Carolina. The Palm Desert location is great for furniture — with new sales every week — and for anyone trying to do any DIY projects or handy-work around the home.

The ReStore has faucets, toilets, doors, paint, cabinets, etc. And, like all my favorite stores, a few decent racks of clothing.

My favorite find: A small, wooden storage bench that I placed in front of my kitchen window so my cat would have a place to sit. Mostly, though, it holds shoes and old mail.

Martha's Village Store, 45-596 Fargo St. in Indio, helps support Martha's Village & Kitchen, which provides emergency housing assistance as well as food, health, career and education, and children's services in the community. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

While you're in the neighborhood, head to Southwest Church Thrift Store at 82-970 Requa Ave. It's just a parking lot away! Proceeds from Southwest Thrift Stores go toward local and global outreach including funding the church's annual Serve Weekend, resourcing local community partners, supporting mission trip teams and helping other local churches.

What I bought: A mix-match of unused but delightful holiday cards — about 15 of them for $3.

Not too far away in Coachella is the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission's New Life Resale Boutique at 1398 Sixth St. Its proceeds support the mission, which helps provide basic needs, including food and shelter, to locals.

The boutique is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. A second location is expected to open next year.

Maria Sestito covers issues of aging in the Coachella Valley. She is also a Report for America corps member. Follow her on Twitter @RiaSestito, on Instagram @RiaSestito_Reporter or email her at maria.sestito@desertsun.com.

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