OB’s thrift-store shopping trend continues to catch fire
by Marsha Kay Seff
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Zoe Wilcox cozies up to one of the mannequins greeting customers at the door of Thrift Trader.             Photos by Marsha Kay Seff I The Beacon
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Thrift-store business probably has never has been greater than in this stagnant economy. But regardless of their job status or income, Ocean Beach thrift regulars just know that there are bargains to be had in the second-hand stores.

Even at 12, Zoe Wilcox is eagerly scouting bargains at Thrift Trader on Newport Avenue. With a $20 gift certificate she received for her birthday, she’s searching for five items.

At Thrift Trader, almost all clothing goes for $5.99, or four items for $20. Currently, there’s a sale, allowing Wilcox to purchase five things for her birthday.

Shopping at thrift stores “is cheap and cool,” said Wilcox. “You can find a bunch of good stuff here and sometimes you can hit the jackpot.”

The preteen says she doesn’t even have to worry about keeping up with the other kids. The current big name in cool clothes for teens, she says, is Abercrombie “and they have it here.”

Employee De Andalio says business is brisk. The company has a second thrift, called 2 Dollar Thrill, on the same block. There also are Thrift Traders in North Park and Pacific Beach.

The stores buy, sell and trade — customers sell their gently used items for

50 cents or trade two for one. There’s even a voucher with no expiration if customers don’t find what they want immediately. And a voucher can be gifted to a friend.

“I think women like thrift shopping because it’s like playing in a giant closet,” Andalio says. “Everyone is looking for a good deal or that one special thing.”

• Thrift Trader is located at 4879 Newport Ave.; (619) 222-5011
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