Thrift stores are amazing places. Not only are they great for finding bargains, they also help raise money for important local charities. And thanks to the desert’s huge population of wealthy retirees, the Greater Palm Springs area is overflowing with fabulous thrift and consignment stores offering a seemingly never-ending supply of vintage furniture, knickknacks, designer clothing, and collectibles.
But navigating the desert’s countless shops can be overwhelming, so here are some great places to begin.
Angel View Thrift Marts
Benefitting children and adults with disabilities, Angel View has 20 stores in Southern California, ranging from Desert Hot Springs to Lake Elsinore. The large Cathedral City location is shaped like a barn and overflowing with “gently used” big-ticket items, including outdoor furniture and appliances.
66389 Pierson Blvd., Desert Hot Springs
462 N. Indian Canyon, Palm Springs
68823 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City
73468 Highway 111, Palm Desert
79400 Highway 111, La Quinta
77975 Calle Tampico, La Quinta
77898 Country Club Drive, Bermuda Dunes
45430 Fargo Street, Indio
Jackie Lee’s Thrift Shop
A true diamond in the rough, this thrift store, located at the Stroke Recovery Center in Palm Springs, carries upscale décor, clothing, housewares and more, with proceeds helping to support stroke and traumatic brain injury survivors. 2800 E. Alejo Road, Palm Springs
Desert Best Friends Closet
Not only does this nonprofit take donated clothing items and re-donate them to low-income Coachella Valley residents so they’ll look spiffy at job interviews, they also have a thrift boutique where all men’s and women’s clothing and accessories are five bucks (buy four, get one free)! 74040 Highway 111, # F, Palm Desert
Unlike a certain national thrift store chain that openly supports discrimination of LGBT folks, Goodwill lives up to its name by stating very clearly in its values statement that it treats “everyone with respect, compassion, and inclusion, honoring their contributions and differences.” They are also a long-trusted source for donations, resulting in excellent inventories.
67555 E. Palm Canyon, Cathedral City
72014 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage
76940 Highway 111, La Quinta
This 15,000-square-foot resale shop is operated by the Eisenhower Medical Center Auciliary, which has raised more than $20 million over the past 40 years for the Eisenhower Medical Center. Carrying high-quality donated items — many from former Eisenhower patients as a thank you for the excellent care they received — including hand blown glass, framed paintings, clothes, furniture, china, and appliances. 71280 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage
NU4U Thrift Store
Calling itself the “only one in the desert Jewish Thrift Shop,” NU4U benefits Chabad of Rancho Mirage and offers an array of high-end home furnishings and designer duds. 69550 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage
The POP Shop
Supporting SafeHouse of the Desert, an organization that has provided emergency shelter, intervention, and outreach services to runaways, the homeless, victims of human trafficking, and other youth in crisis for over 25 years — The POP (as in "previously owned products") Shop sells furniture, household items, art, records, jewelry, clothing, shoes, and linens at great prices. 551 Industrial Place, Palm Springs
Treat yourself to some vintage clothing, antiques, jewelry, paintings, or a TV — and help someone living with HIV/AIDS. Benefitting Desert AIDS Project, Revivals helps provide medical and comprehensive support services for those in need in the desert community. Be sure and sign up for their emailers, which will alert you to fabulous sales (donated men’s clothes half off!). www.revivalsstores.com
611 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs
68401 Highway 111, Cathedral City
73446 Highway 111, Palm Desert
72750 Dinah Shore Drive, Palm Desert
40100 Washington Street, Suite 121, Bermuda Dunes
82970 Requa Ave, Indio
New Life Resale Boutique
Benefiting Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, New Life Resale Boutique now has three locations that offers clothing, furniture, household and kitchen items, sports or business gear, and more at bargain prices. Donations are used to help homeless, needy, and overwhelmed men, women, families.
77622 Country Club Drive #J, Palm Desert
81600 Highway 111, Indio
1398 6th Street, Coachella