Pleasant Hill introduces the “Taylor Thrift” Trail

Pleasant Hill introduces the “Taylor Thrift” Trail

Thrift stores such as Hospice Thrift Shoppe in Pleasant Hill appeal to savvy shoppers who keep sustainability in mind. (Pete Cruz photo)

PLEASANT HILL, CA (Jan. 24, 2024) — We’re pretty sure Taylor Swift doesn’t “thrift,” but her flare for style inspires  all of us…to go out and find our own individual styles.

With that said, Pleasant Hill recently introduced its “Taylor Thrift Trail.” This title fits as the town’s large selection of thrift stores sit adjacent to the main thoroughfare, Taylor Boulevard. Get it?

As a matter of fact, Pleasant Hill offers a wide range of thrift shopping adventures. This diverse array of stores caters to a wide range tastes and preferences. Additionally, the community in and around Pleasant Hill tends to donate high-quality items, so thrifters have a lot of great, quality items to choose from. You’ll find everything from clothing and footwear to household items, furniture, décor and jewelry. And, thrifting is not only budget-friendly, but it’s the right thing to do for so many reasons, including the sustainability factor as well as contributing to in-need communities that are the beneficiaries of the money raised at the thrift store level…so, your purchases are charitable contributions as well.

Additionally, Pleasant Hill is also home to a great many diversions, including some of the best hiking trails (many suitable for off-leash companions); culinary options that range from grab ‘n go to more formal settings; health + wellness facilities; and clean, safe, and affordable hotel accommodations, many of which offer FREE parking.

So, get your thrift on and check out the great buys and vibes of this little Bay Area hamlet. Here are some of our favorites…all within the “Taylor Thrift Trail.”

Youth Homes Thrift Shop

15 Vivian Drive, Suite B. Not only will you find some unique treasures (mostly clothes, shoes, jewelry), for an incredible deal at Youth Homes Thrift Shop, but shopping here reduces your carbon footprint and helps support programs that empower foster youth and youth impacted by trauma.

The Salvation Army

1806 Linda Drive. Salvation Army is the “Walmart” of thrift stores in the East Bay, with the largest assortment of clothing and home furnishings…in a rainbow of styles and budgets. Also of note, this and the other Bay Area stores are the key to providing the ARC programs that are the hallmark of The Salvation Army’s successful, enriching reintegration ministry. When you make a purchase here, you give a second chance to men and women struggling in life while also giving new life to the items in your shopping cart.

Goodwill Store & Donation Center

1699 Contra Costa Boulevard. The Goodwill brand of stores is universal, but this particular outlet features a great selection of clothes, accessories, and household items. The beauty of shopping at any one of Goodwill’s thrift stores is helping them fulfill their promise to “Give second chances through training and the dignity of work.”

Hospice Thrift Shoppe

959 Contra Costa Boulevard. The Hospice Thrift Shoppe features a wide range of vintage items, clothing, fine and costume jewelry, collectibles, furniture, housewares, art, books, CDs, and DVDs – all donated by the local community. Hospice East Bay is a pioneer hospice established in 1977 to create support for patients who want to die at home.

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store

2815 Contra Costa Boulevard. These thrift stores help protect our environment by recycling. However, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul also provides a source of inexpensive merchandise for the poor and those that are looking for a great deal. This supports the organization’s mission to provide learning opportunities for participants in the Workforce Development Program.

Estates Consignment

1500 Contra Costa Boulevard. The only “commercial” shop on the list, Estates Consignment, features distinguished estate furnishings. It also includes pscale home-boutique overstocks, furniture storeroom floor displays, model home furnishings, fine jewelry and watches. Also a licensed pawn broker.

Thrift Tip #1: Before heading out, check the stores’ hours of operation as they sometimes change without notice. Also, each thrift store has its own specialties or focus. Check out several for a diverse selections of finds.

Thrift Tip #2: Want to maximize your positive impact on thrifting for sustainability? Bring along some of your own donations to leave behind, so that we get closer to closing the circle of reduce, reuse, recycle.

Hotel deals and special thrifter features

Extended Stay America – Stay Connected, Stay with Pets, Stay Fueled with full-service kitchens, Stay Fresh with onsite laundry facilities.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Pleasant Hill – Free hot breakfast and WiFi, plus earn double Hilton Honors Points for each night’s stay.

Hyatt House Pleasant Hill – Save up to 10% with Hyatt Member Rate.

Residence Inn by Marriott – 50% off your second room; 15% off for a three-night stay; or stay longer, save more.

Sonesta Select – AAA deals and pet friendly.

Pleasant Hill Inn – It’s all about the amenities with free WiFi, indoor pool, in-room coffee maker and microwave.

Sun Valley Inn – free parking.