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National Thrift Store Day at Father Joe’s Villages

One of our favorite days of the year is rapidly approaching.

On August 17, 2021, we will celebrate National Thrift Store Day at all of our San Diego locations: Hillcrest, Imperial Beach, and El Cajon.

What is National Thrift Store Day?

National Thrift Store Day, sometimes called National Thrift Shop Day or National Charity Shop Day, takes place every year and shines a light on the wide variety of secondhand stores.

Most secondhand stores (like Father Joe’s Villages’) are crucial fundraising pipelines for charities. They are not consignment shops or for-profit resale shops. National Thrift Store Day celebrates thrift stores that benefit charities that make a difference in their communities

It’s a great day to find amazing vintage clothing, necessary household items, and hidden treasures while supporting a great cause. 100% of the revenue received from donated items goes toward transforming the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in San Diego.

Through your donations of goods or thrift store purchases, for example, Father Joe’s Villages can fund the pillars of care for our organization:

  • meeting basic needs through housing, meals, and our Daycenter
  • investing in children’s futures with therapeutic childcare services for families experiencing homelessness
  • making health a priority through provided medical, dental, and behavioral health care
  • strengthening self-sufficiency through employment, education, chaplaincy, and vocational training

With convenient parking and great deals, we hope to see you out celebrating National Thrift Store Day with us at Father Joe’s Villages.

Why we should celebrate thrift stores on National Thrift Store Day

  1. Eco-Friendly
  2. Allow you to get great deals
  3. Support a great cause

What to shop for on National Thrift Store Day at Father Joe’s Villages

One of the best things about shopping at a thrift store is finding incredible deals on high-quality items. Our thrift stores are not junk shops; they are places where you can employ smart shopping techniques and earth-friendly values to find the best value around.

Brand New Items

While 100% of Father Joe’s Villages stock comes from donated, previously-owned goods, not all items are used. We often receive donations of brand new items, items with tags, or items donated directly from a retailer. As a result, our stock depends entirely on recent donations.The best way to see what’s in store is to visit the locations in El Cajon, Hillcrest, and Imperial Beach.

Furniture & Home Decor

We have almost new and lightly used furniture that will help you finally finish decorating your home. We have kitchen appliances, supplies, decor, books, music, and entertainment devices. The stock changes regularly, and new items are placed on the floor daily.

Vintage Goods

If you are searching for particular vintage items, we recommend checking out our online specialty auction. Our Specialty Auction gives buyers the opportunity to bid on unique and uncommon goods, such as valuable artwork, classic antiques, vintage fashion, cars, and special collectibles.

Other ways to help Father Joe’s Villages on National Thrift store day

If visiting one of our retail establishments isn’t in the cards for you on the 17th, there are still so many other ways to partner with Father Joe’s Villages to help end homelessness in San Diego:

Donate Good or Vehicles

As we discuss National Thrift Store Day, it’s worth reiterating that we run our stores entirely on donations. If you have new or gently-used items that you no longer need, we would be happy to accept them and provide you with a tax receipt to write off on next year’s filing.

All donations are sold as-is, so they must be clean and in good condition. When we receive an item that cannot be sold in our stores or easily recycled, we have to pay for disposal. This means that fewer funds go towards helping our neighbors in need.

Here is a non-comprehensive list of items that we accept:

  • Clothing: Virtually all types of clean, gently-used clothing and shoes, including women’s, men’s, kid’s, children’s, baby’s dresses, shirts, pants, skirts, shorts, sandals, tennis shoes, sneakers, heels, flats, boots and more.
  • Household Items: Small appliances in working condition (microwaves, blenders, toasters, etc), dishes, glasses, silverware, bedding, linens, pillows, rugs, comforters, home decor, baby items (see restrictions below), art and frames.
  • Jewelry: Virtually all types of jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings.
  • Accessories: Virtually all types of accessories, including purses, bags, belts, ties and wallets.
  • Furniture: Any furniture that can be carried by no more than two people, including couches, love seats, armchairs, chairs, dining room sets, tables, coffee tables, mirrors, nightstands, headboards, office chairs, non-wooden desks, dressers and more. See restrictions below.
  • Electronics: Stereos, radios, LED, flat panel & plasma televisions, video game consoles, computers (laptops, monitors, hard drives, etc), tablets, phones, typewriters, cameras and other electronics.
  • Entertainment: Books & textbooks, toys (stuffed animals, dolls, action figures, etc), sports equipment, board games, DVDs, CDs and vinyl records.
  • Other: Camping gear, sporting goods, estate goods, tools, collectibles, luggage, bikes, musical instruments, and MORE!

Read more about donating goods and how to schedule a pick up or drop off.

Donate Directly

Charitable donations are the easiest way to get started with Father Joe’s Villages.

Just $13 pays for one night of emergency shelter, $27 funds a full day of Therapeutic Childcare for a child experiencing homelessness, and $105 provides one month of food for a neighbor in need.

No amount is too small to start tangibly helping your neighbors and, often, your company may provide a matching gift program. An added benefit is that financial donations are tax-deductible!


Giving time is just as important as providing physical goods or fiscal support. Volunteering is easy and rewarding!

Volunteers can utilize their talents in various programs, including preparing and serving meals, tutoring kids, doing maintenance/beautification projects, and much, much more.

We accept all types of volunteers and volunteer groups: individuals, families, children over ten years old, religious organizations, community groups, military groups, corporations, local businesses, and more.

Read more about opportunities to volunteer.

Get involved with Father Joe’s Villages for National Thrift Store Day

Helping those in need in the San Diego area is as easy as stopping by one of our stores. We hope to see you out and celebrating National Thrift Store Day with us on the 17th!