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Thrift Stores, Shops and Bargain Hunting

indie_shops_dpIndie stores with great spirit boast stellar deals and more.

Bargain Barn
Appreciate a good rummage? Don't mind getting your hands a little dirty? The Barn is a score and a half. This hot spot is open daily from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 292 Pioneer Street,  Santa Cruz, (831) 423-8611.

Bill’s Wheels
Voted Best Skateboard Shop in GT Readers’ Poll, you can’t really go wrong here. 1240 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 469-0904

Crossroads
For last-minute outfits Crossroads is hard to compete with, whether you're looking for basics or fancy dress wear, they are bound to have it. This is also a great place to sell old clothes. 811 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 458-0555.

41st Avenue Thrift Store District
There are all sorts of thrift and vintage clothes jammed into a few stores on 41st Avenue, just a half-block from Pleasure Point Pizza in Capitola.

Front Street Thrift Center
Books, Clothes, Furniture and more, Front St Thrift has a great deals on everything. Two stories of merchandise and it's almost always 50 percent off the clothing! 428 Front Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 457-0229.

Goodwill
There’s everything here—even if you're in the market for a nice pair of jeans. The selection is always plentiful and reasonably priced and there are always super deals if you spend the time looking.  Also a great spot to drop off unwanted clothing and household items. 204 Union Street, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-1078.

Moon Zooom
A classic Santa Cruz fashionista pit stop. The assortment of old treasures hidden within the depths of Moon Zooom is sometimes fascinating. If you desire beaded cardigans, vintage flannels and rare doc martins, Zooom on in. 813 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, (831) 423-8500.

Monthly Sunday Antique Street Faire
An extra special day for all you bargain hunters and antique/fashion fiends, at this monthly occasion you will always find a vast array of historical relics and fun rarities. The Antique fair is held every second Sunday of each month on Lincoln Street (Between Pacific & Cedar) in Santa Cruz. (831) 476-6940.

O’Neill Surf Shop
Good deals here. Best of all the clothing is durable and nice looking. 110 Cooper St., Ste. 100D, Santa Cruz, 469-4377

Salvation Army
Open six days a week, (closed on Sundays), this is definitely the local hot spot for scoring beautiful and inexpensive furnishings. Perfect for decking out the college crib. Wednesdays are 50 percent off clothing and this place has racks upon racks of perfect party get ups. Sweater party anyone? 812 Pacific Ave.,  Santa Cruz, (831) 429-8118.

Santa Cruz Surf and Skate Shop
With local hunger advocate Danny Keith at the helm, this shop is geared toward locals and has an amazing support for local causes, in general. Beyond that, the boards—surf and otherwise—truly stand out—clothing too. 912 41st Ave., Santa Cruz, 462-3120

Sky View Flea Market
A historic and bargain brimming spot, the Sky View Flea market has a rare selection of vendors. Expect to find everything from fresh produce, bikes, toys, furniture, clothing, records, crafts and animals. The Skyview is open Friday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. 260 Soquel Drive, Santa Cruz, (831) 462-4442.

Retro Paradise
Looking for a mod look? This place has got the goods. You can find adorable vintage dresses, brightly colored sunglasses and killer cowgirl boots all in one stop. Paradise might even be an understatement. 1010 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, (831) 460-9960.

Stripe
Fun and festive and often off ering monthly get-togethers for the community, this furniture haven is great for fi nding items to load in your dorm. There are some nice clothing options here as well. 107 WalnutAve., Santa Cruz, 421-9252

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