Thrift Stores & Donation Centers

Find fantastic bargains at San Diego’s finest thrift stores.

Located in El Cajon and Imperial Beach, our thrift stores offer a wonderful shopping atmosphere and fantastic savings on a variety of furniture, clothing, home goods and more.


Our friendly thrift store staff is onsite to answer your questions and assist you with any household donations you wish to make to Father Joe’s Villages. Come find a new addition to your closet or home at a drastically reduced price.


All proceeds benefit Father Joe’s Villages’ mission to end homelessness.

SALE: We offer weekly tag sales on select color tags at our stores. Call our stores to discover which tag color is on sale this week!

Imperial Beach – Father Joe’s Villages Store & Donation Center 


Father Joe Villages Thrift Store

1555 Palm Ave., Suite F

San Diego, CA 92154



Monday through Saturday–9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday–10 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Call (619) 651-8004 for more information.

Call 1-800-HOMELESS to donate.

El Cajon – Father Joe’s Villages Store & Donation CenterFather Joe thrift store in El Cajon


2325 Fletcher Parkway

El Cajon, CA 92020



Monday through Saturday–9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday–10 a.m. to 7 p.m.



Call (619) 465-5840 for more information.

Call 1-800-HOMELESS to donate.



Outlet Store & Donation Center thrift store donations, shoes and books


815 33rd St.

San Diego, CA 92102



Monday through Friday–8 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Call (619) 446-2702 for more information.

Call 1-800-HOMELESS to donate.



Frequently Asked Questions


How can I receive more information about Father Joe’s Villages retail, including special promotions, auction dates and more?

You can sign up for our newsletter here. In the email sign-up questionnaire, please let us know that you are interested in receiving our Retail newsletter and updates. Should you no longer want to receive our Retail newsletter, you can unsubscribe at any time.

What is sold at Father Joe’s Villages’ San Diego thrift stores? 

Father Joe’s Villages sells a variety of previously-owned items including men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories, furniture, household goods, kitchen supplies and small appliances, décor, books, music and other entertainment items. Our stock changes regularly and new items are placed on the floor daily. The best way to see what’s in store is to visit our locations in El Cajon and Imperial Beach.

Do Father Joe’s Villages’ San Diego thrift stores only sell used items?

While 100% of Father Joe’s Villages stock comes from donated, previously-owned goods, not all of the items are used. We often receive donations of brand new items, items with tags or items donated directly from a retailer. Stock will depend on recent donations.

Are the items in good condition?

While sorting donations, Father Joe’s Villages selects only quality items to sell at our thrift stores.

What does Father Joe’s Villages do with donations they can’t use in the thrift stores?

Many items that are not sold at Father Joe’s Villages thrift stores are auctioned in our Daily Household Goods Auction. Otherwise, Father Joe’s Villages works to recycle and donate leftover goods.

Why should I shop at Father Joe’s Villages’ San Diego thrift stores?

All proceeds from retail purchases fund programs and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Father Joe’s Villages provides emergency and permanent housing for more than 2,000 men, women, and children each night. We also offer emergency services, meals, medical and behavioral healthcare, job training, therapeutic childcare, addiction treatment and other critical services. Your purchase supports Father Joe’s Villages’ mission to end homelessness in San Diego. Learn more about How We Help >>

How else does my purchase benefit the community?

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans generate about 200-250 million tons of trash each year—about 4.6 pounds per person per day. By purchasing from and donating your goods to Father Joe’s Villages, you’re not only helping your neighbors in need, you’re also preventing unnecessary waste from entering our landfills. Additionally, because Father Joe’s Villages is a San Diego organization, your money will also be staying local to help the San Diego community thrive. Shop local. Support local.

Is there convenient parking at the thrift store locations?

Yes. Both the El Cajon and Imperial Beach locations have parking lots directly in front of the stores.

How do Father Joe’s Villages’ San Diego thrift stores determine the value or price of items?

All of the goods sold at Father Joe’s Villages’ stores are offered at fair bargain prices. There is a range of factors that influence how we price our items:  quality and condition, seasonality, style, brand and rarity.  However, most of our clothing, books and entertainment items are sold at default pricing  depending on the style or type of item.

How can I donate items?

Father Joe’s Villages has several donation drop-off locations and free pick-up from most San Diego locations. Drop-off locations include our Furniture Warehouse, our San Diego thrift stores in Imperial Beach and El Cajon and our Daily Household Goods Auction site. If you would like to arrange a pick-up, please call 1-800-HOMELESS or fill out our online donation form. For each donation, you’ll receive a tax-deductible receipt. Learn more about donating to Father Joe’s Villages.

Do you sell vintage and specialty items?

We sell most of our vintage and specialty items in 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, and special collectibles. You can find the latest auction dates and items up for bid at

How can I apply for a job at Father Joe’s Villages’ San Diego thrift stores & donation centers?

While we cannot guarantee that we are hiring at this location, we are always looking for passionate individuals to join our team. Information regarding current job openings at Father Joe’s Villages is available on our site. You may browse open positions and submit an online application here.