Donate, shop, repeat at local thrift stores

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By Mary Lynch

The Los Angeles Times recently identified 11 charitable thrift stores in L.A. that need clothing donations right now. Three of them are in or near Northeast L.A: L.A. Road Thrift Store and Out of the Closet, both in Glassell Park, and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of L.A. Thrift Store in Lincoln Heights.

St Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles located in Lincoln Heights

March is a big month for donations because of spring cleaning, but donations tend to slump after that. That seasonal decline is happening as demand for used items is strong from shoppers who are committed to buying nothing new or are looking to save money as clothing prices rise. At the same time, buying used saves a ton of money.

L.A. Road Thrift and Out of the Closet have been profiled by the Boulevard Sentinel’s reporting partners at The Occidental campus newspaper, here and here.  The Boulevard Sentinel has highlighted the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles in its annual giving guide to local nonprofits for four years running.

L.A. Road Thrift on Eagle Rock Boulevard in Glassell Park.

L.A. Road Thrift’s mission is to support the local community, in part by working with local organizations to help people transition to permanent housing. | 3516 Eagle Rock Boulevard

Out of the Closet supports the work of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. | 2425 N. San Fernando Road

Society of St. Vincent de Paul of L.A. fights poverty by helping the homeless and feeding the hungry, among other efforts. | 210 N. Avenue 21

All three shops have parking lots for drop off.