I am always looking for thrift stores, aren’t you? It is always a mission of mine to find the stores that give back to or are run by a charitable organization. It almost makes shopping feel like doing a good deed. (My husband is laughing in the background as if I would need an excuse to go shopping.) When I find a thrift shop that I haven’t visited before, I like to visit it at least twice before I write about it. They get two chances to make a good impression on me that way.
Today I visited the Grasp Thrift Store at 417 East Aviation in Universal City. I first saw this shop one Sunday when dear hubby and I were on a scavenging mission for our community garden. Though we didn’t stop that day, I filed away the location for another day when I would have more time. GRASP stands for Greater Randolph Area Services Program. This program helps economically disadvantaged people experiencing a household crisis. They provide free clothing and household goods to families who experience a fire or flood. They provide emergency assistance for rent, utilities, food and clothing to those who qualify. They offer meals and transportation to seniors and veterans who may need help. All in all it sounds like a very good cause to me.
I usually don’t look at the clothing in these thrift stores except when it is time to dress the scarecrows in the garden twice a year, but I did see a large rack of adult jeans for $4.59 a pair. I’ll keep that in mind in case I ever do get around to making a denim quilt.
They have the usual assortment of knick knacks and dishes plus a good amount of used furniture. I am always to impressed to see full sets of china in thrift stores and they have several. On my first visit, I found the prices for the sets to be high, but this time I noticed some more reasonably priced sets. For anyone who likes to mix and match, there is a whole wall of plates for fifty cents apiece. I am always on the lookout for pretty little plates to add to my niece’s plate wall and today I found two really pretty plates. I hope she likes them as much as I do.
I am really glad I made a second visit to this shop because they have made some improvements since my first visit. The displays were less crowded and the dining sets were arranged in (sort of) vignettes to show off dishes and silver. I hope you give this little gem a try if you are ever in the Universal City area.