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What a Deal! Thrifting In The Oakhurst Area

If you’re a thrift store junkie like I am, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the various shops we have here in the Yosemite area. I’ve gotten so many deals at the thrift stores here in town, half my house is decorated with my fun finds. I mean, why pay retail if you can recycle?

And when you’re ready for a clean out, many of the thrift stores in town take donations. But leaving junk at a store’s doorstep can cause many problems for them, so please read and follow these guidelines, as well as minding the individual donation rules for each store:


Guidelines for Thrift Store Donations:

  • Ask the thrift stores what they will and will not accept. Some have it posted in or near the donations area. Some won’t take books, some won’t take furniture.
  • Do NOT leave bags of clothing or items when the store is closed. It attracts people who go through the bags and scatter unwanted items. This makes it extremely difficult for the store owners to maintain and clean up.
  • Leave your items in designated donation areas only. It will help keep our town neat and tidy.
  • Do not donate broken furniture, stained or ripped clothing, flammable liquids, or anything you yourself would throw away. Thrift stores are not transfer stations, please don’t dump your garbage on them.
  • Mind the season – many thrift store owners ask that you only donate clothes appropriate for the current season. That means please don’t donate sweaters, winter coats, and boots in the middle of summer. They’ll just have to go into storage and they have no way of knowing off-hand if they are needed or not. Wait until fall to donate holiday items, January for valentine’s décor. They’ll thank you for it!
  • If the store/organization is a registered 501(c)(3) charity, you are eligible for a tax deduction for donating. Check with the store personnel and if so, get a receipt!

Ready to hit the bargains? Then check out this list of our wonderful cornucopia of thrift stores here in the Yosemite area foothills. This list is organized starting from the north end of Oakhurst and heading south into Coarsegold. If you are an owner and would like to correct any errors, please email me.

All “Fur” Love
40761 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 676-2965
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-5pm
Carries: Housewares, Décor, Clothing, Toys, Knick-Knacks, Shoes, Bedding, Books
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: To date, this shop has donated more than $29,000 to various animal charitable organizations from store profits. Everything is priced very reasonably, and because so, will not bargain.

Ec-lec-tic*
40680 Hwy 41, Ste E
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-3073
Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-2pm, Thu-Sun 11am-5pm
Carries: Housewares, Décor, Kitchen, Knick-Knacks, Collectibles, Furniture, Upcycled
Takes Donations? NO
Notes: Upscale, cute little shop. Difficult to find, look for the “Antiques” sign on the west side of 41, near the bicycle shop. Eclectic is in back, with several parking spaces. Great for gifts or home décor.

Wonderful Treasures
40671 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 658-5151
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Carries: Clothing, Shoes, Furniture, Décor, Kitchen, Knick-Knacks, Fabric & Crafts, Books
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: Wander through the many rooms of this store, which are well-organized and reasonably priced. Clothing divided into men’s, women’s & children’s rooms.

Good Ol’ Things & other shops @Southgate Station*
40571 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 642-2002
Hours: Sun-Sat, 10am-5pm
Carries: Furniture, Collectibles, Décor, Jewelry, Clothes
Takes Donations? NO
Notes: Organized in an antique mall format, with many vendors in the rustic cabin-like space. Cool vintage clothing and outerwear, collectibles, and even some new souvenirs. Check out the other stores in Southgate Station for antiques, cat and dog memorabilia, rusty stuff, and more!

A Cause 4 Paws
40455 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 760-7017
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Carries: Furniture, Collectibles, Décor, Clothes, Books, Kitchen, Linens, Garden & Outdoor
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: Large store with a vast outdoor area holding furniture, holiday, and garden items. Clothes are color coded, shoes are stacked in front. Explore the many rooms for linens, collectibles, and the back for kitchen wares. Books have been moved to shelves outside the door. They also offer in-season kitten and cat adoptions, run a spay and neuter program, and award a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior pursuing a career as a vet.

Tokens Gift & Thrift
40410 Hwy 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 658-5428
Hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Carries: Furniture, Collectibles, Décor, Clothes, Books, Kitchen, Linens, Garden & Outdoor
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: Furniture located outside the front door, inside you’ll find dishware sets, china, glassware, art, collectibles, and just about anything you’d find in a junk drawer. Back room has clothing and shoes. Complete book section with antique and vintage printings. Great for holiday decor! Mid-range prices.

Antiques @Oakhurst Giftworks*
49027 Rd. 426
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-7845
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
Carries: Kitchen, Decor, Furniture, Collectibles, Ephemera, Art, Linens, Outdoor & Garden
Takes Donations? NO
Notes: A traditional type of antique co-op with jewelry, rustic, kitchen wares, artwork, and collectibles. Since this is comprised of many vendors, you’ll find a wide variety of items.

New Community United Methodist Church Thrift Shop
49223 Rd. 426
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 658-7297
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Carries: Kitchen, Décor, Furniture, Collectibles, Books, Art, Accessories, Linens
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: This shop is one of my favorites. It’s always clean, well-maintained, and you’ll always find new items from week to week. Great if you’re looking for kitchen appliances, clothing, and other rare collectibles.

EMCSPCA Thrift Shop
40315 Junction Drive, Suite F
Oakhurst, CA
(559) 641-2500
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-5pm
Carries: Kitchen, Décor, Clothes, Furniture, Collectibles, Books, Art, Accessories, Toys, Crafts, Jewelry, Pet Items
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: This store benefits the Eastern Madera County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). Clean and neat store with a nice used book section, art, and many knick-knacks.

Yosemite New Life Church Thrift Shop
40390 Junction Dr.
Oakhurst, CA 93644
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm
Carries: Kitchen, Décor, Knick-Knacks, Books, Accessories, Clothes
Takes Donations? YES
Notes: Go up the hill to the church, keep to the left and follow the signs. The thrift store is in back. Small shop, but excellent prices. Always something new, and a nice selection of clothing!

Big Joe’s/Rust Brothers
35533 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 93614
(559) 760-6909
Hours: 9am-6pm, “8 Days a Week”
Carries: Rusty & Rustic tools, Farming & Garden, Yard Art, Collectibles & Décor, Furniture, Art
Takes Donations? Call
Notes: A fun place to poke through with an extra-large yard full of old rusties. Collectible items can be found inside the cabin. Plan to spend some time at the Rust Brothers–it’s perfect for pickers!

Coarsegold Village, various shops*
35300 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 92614
(559) 683-3900
Hours: Varies
Carries: Antiques & Collectibles, Furniture, Décor, Clothing
Notes: Coarsegold Village

*Antique shop, higher priced items


Seasonal Events

True Value Clutter Cleanout
Twice a year, Spring/Fall
40596 Westlake Dr.
Oakhurst, CA 93644
(559) 683-7117
Anyone can rent a space for this consolidated community yard sale, when True Value opens up their parking lot for a day of thrifting. Spring and fall. Call to find out the next date.

Coarsegold Village Peddler’s Fair
35300 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 92614
Twice a year, Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend
A wide variety of vendors selling everything from furniture to collectibles to housewares and more. Food vendors, fair environment.

 


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