This is an odd question, I know, but are there any thrift stores in the USVI?
Actually I was looking for both (second-hand store & bargain basement prices). There is a lot of "treasures" out there--just have to know where to look. That's why I was asking what's available in the islands.
Here on the mainland we have large bakeries that operate thrift stores that sell all kinds of baked goods at bargain prices.
1 - Animal Shelter consignment shop, behind Pueblo Supermarket, go thru the Easterly building road it on the right hand side, open thru, fri, sat.
2 - Collette Burgess Woodson, she has her store just as u leaving c'sted, company street going west, after Holy Cross on the left side of road, there is an attorney office next to her, just before the end of the road.
3 - The Women's Coalition consignment store, behind Coca-Cola, going east to Brass Key road, before brass key, bright yellow building for the Ink Drop store on right side, behind of it(Drop Ink).
4 - There was another one behind the Sion Farm Gas Station as if you going to Shuster's by the Ice plant on the right. But not sure if it's still there. Is just a matter of going by and checking.
5 - There is one across from Coca Cola...the prob with this one (IN MY OPINION) is that it is right next door to a furniture store, so she has her prices just below the brand new furniture next door.
The Animal Shelter and Women's Coalition are not really consignment stores. They are true thrift stores. They accept donated items and sell them very cheaply, with the proceeds going to their respective causes. They offer a very needed service for lower income families, particularly clothes. Some of their other stuff is a little junky. You just have to go often and really "shop".
Collette's store is only open on Saturdays, if you happen to get there at the right time. She has cleaned up the store a lot recently, and you can actually get to things in there now. That's a good place to get a deal on small furniture items that started out as good quality but really need restoring now, If you are into that type of craft.
The store across from Coke, is called Uniquities, and it is a true consignment store. She usually has better quality items, so they are higher, that and the fact that she and the actual owner have to agree on how much and then split it. By split, I don't mean 50-50. I don't know her arrangement. I have never taken anything there. I have bought a couple of things.
The one behind Sion Farm, I have NEVER found open.
There aren't a lot of yard sales, but usually you can find 2 or 3 each weekend. Some good deals, some very overpriced, some just junk, most are a combination of all three, but it's fun and a good way to start learning your way around the island.
There are a few annual sales, like the Hovensa sale and the Reef condos sale where you can find some good deals. Those are usually advertised in the paper a week or so ahead.
There is a Thrift Shop run by the Salvation Arny next to their church in Market Square, St Thomas. There is also Cece's Closet on Bunker Hill, run by the Family Resource Center.
The sort of dollar stores we have on STT aren't usually all that great but I wish we had more too. Good for lots of things including giftwrapping paper & some household supplies. We used to have one I liked at Mandela Circle called Mr. Dollar & you could find some great stuff there. I think they still have a location downtown but I never go there. The old one was 2 stories & I used to get some great bikinis with name brands there (of course, my bikini days are long gone now.)
Suzette, you're right. I always forget about that place. I was there about a year ago & got a great deal on laundry detergent but it's off my radar screen.
Used to be a good place in Nadir/Bolongo across from the Texaco station that even had fabric but it left after Marilyn peeled the roof off like a can of cat food.
I haven't seen RARE FINDS on STX mentioned yet. It is located in Gallows Bay next door to the old Ice Cream Decadence, kinda tucked in . She as all kinds of different items and is a true consignment shop.
Lori's place - Cabana Girl - is a consignment shop for clothing only.
Best bets in my opinion are : Rare Finds and Uniquities for high end items at equally high prices but can sometimes find real treasures (thats where I would take something nice that I wanted to sell if I didn't want to list it myself).
Animal Shelter and Woman's Coalition for thrift store treasures. Make sure and visit these often as they have clients that come EVERY DAY and buy anything of value... you really have to shop there a lot to find things... or if you are crafty yoSu can do well.
Shop the ads at Schooner Bay Market (public post location for all kinds of things).... or right here on this forum in the classified section. List and sell quickly - I have. :)!
Have fun. I love other peoples junk. and... I'll be having a BIG GARAGE SALE soon and I'll post on here so that you can all come and find all kinds of great housewares (multi-house and boat stuff sale)