Eight West Columbia thrift shops to explore have amazing deals on apparel, accessories, shoes and jewelry for the family. There may be some trash, but there are also treasures to be found by thrifty shoppers willing to search the racks and shelves. Look for new apparel with tags attached, designer brands such as Ralph Lauren, Anne Klein, Jessica Simpson, Lauren Conrad and Vera Wang. Many thrift shops help to support local charities, including animal rescue, transitional programs for recovering drug addicts and housing for homeless and alcoholic men. Check out the shops below and see which you might like to visit in your never-ending search for steals and deals
- St. Paws has an ever-changing selection of unique fashion finds, basics for the family and home décor. A purchase from St. Paws will warm your heart knowing that the proceeds will help to support organizations that are engaged in protecting abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the community. A personal favorite, I’ve visited St, Paws many times and invariably end up carrying a cat in my arms as I shop. Located at 304 12th St., the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday.
- His House has a tremendous selection of apparel accessories, shoes and jewelry, all at very reasonable prices. Proceeds from sales help to support a non-denominational Christian ministry for recovering alcoholic men in the community. Located at 764 Meeting St., the shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thrift Avenue has an amazing assortment of apparel, accessories, shoes and jewelry. Look for high-end labels and clearance racks for the best deals. Proceeds from sales help to support PETS Inc., an organization dedicated to rescuing neglected and abandoned pets and finding them loving homes. They also provide low cost vet care, pet parenting education and public awareness of pet abuse issues. Located at 1078 Sunset Blvd., the shop is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.
- Stepping Stones Ministries offers an outstanding selection of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewelry with quickly-changing inventory and on-trend styles at very low prices. A faith-based non-profit organization, sales help to support residential treatment and transitional programs for recovering drug addicts. Located at 1916 Augusta Rd., the shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
- Tri-City Pickers is a unique thrift shop specializing in vintage and collectible items. You’ll find everything from chintz sofa pillows to an authe4ntic railroad cap. Located at 633 12th St., the shop is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Again & Again Consignment has items from the fifties and a quirky collection of costume jewelry, dolls and home accessories. The website is currently under construction, but the Facebook page is interesting and has excellent photos. Located at 1117 B Ave., the shop is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
- Pickin’ Peddler has a little of everything, but no website or Facebook page. Everything there might be a surprise, complete with unearthed treasures. Located at 251 Charleston Hwy., the shop is open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
- Triangle Treasure Chest has an excellent selection of antique and vintage items, including artwork, pottery and jewelry. It’s especially intriguing to baseball fans or those who collect Coca Cola memorabilia. You won’t find clothing, but it’s fun to visit. Located at 1217-A Augusta Rd., the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Enjoy your treasure hunting and, as always, maximize your style and minimize your spending.