609 E. Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93103
This is one of my favorites because the staff is so friendly and they are constantly getting new items. They also provide a necessary service to the community so I don't mind paying an extra dollar or two for something I like. They do have a weekly sale day to clear things out. I do have to admit, though, sometimes an item will be way overpriced for whatever reason, but for most items, you're getting a good deal and you're re-using, recycle cling, etc.
I selected one of a group of 3 blender jars grouped together on a shelf and being sold separately! They were priced $4 and $5 but one was not priced so I asked how much? I was told it belonged with a base but after looking there was no correct base for it in the store. The jar was with the 2 other jars being sold separately! I was told I could not purchase it even though it had been on the shelf for sale with the others. I would have paid any price he quoted. How often does the person needing that type of jar come in the store? Doesn't a charity store want to have happy satisfied customers? I won't be recommending this store to anyone!
This is actually the Catholic Charities Thrift store. Excellent job in organization and pricing. They've got so much coming in that they price items to leave the store.
Prices & value are inconsistent; a fine quality large original framed painting of a Oaxacan festival by a talented artist cost me less than $50, but other items can be overpriced. I don't know why others have problems with the staff; Jimmy and the other folks are always very friendly and helpful to us...
Thrifty Shopper is anything BUT thrifty. Even with 50% off sales, they're too overpriced to bother visiting anymore.
Catholic Charities assumed management and staffing in August 2006. This is a valuable community aset as it provides no-cost merchandise to its clients and adds value-priced merchandise to the public.