Dress yourself and furnish your house while giving back to a cause

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BY CAROLE ROSNER

One of San Fernando Valley’s  newest stores is in Studio City,  actually over 85 years old, and joins a unique group of eight other thrift shops in Los Angeles and the 818 (plus Van Nuys and Canoga Park).

$150 for this table. Photos: Carole Rosner

No ordinary thrift shop, the Council Thrift Shops, under the auspices of the National Council of Jewish Women, support thousands of people through various programs including couples and family counseling, scholarships, clothing vouchers and annual clothing giveaways. The Council Thrift Shop is much more than just a place to get a great bargain on clothing, furniture and accessories. By donating or purchasing merchandise here, the revenue will go to where it’s needed the most—supporting women and children in our community.

The National Council of Jewish Women’s Los Angeles Chapter was established in 1909 to “provide vital community services and advocacy leadership that enable women, children and families to build healthy and productive lives, and to thrive.” When The Council Thrift Shops were set up in 1924 they sold mainly household goods and donated the proceeds to help the Immigrant Aid Program.

Shoes! Marc Jacobs ($25), Gucci ($40).

Merchandise in the weeks old Studio City shop is sorted by category and then by color and is continually being stocked from the daily donations dropped off at the store. Although you have to look piece by piece here, on my most recent visit I found women’s clothing from Theory, Escada, Dana Buchman and Neiman Marcus and men’s clothing from The Gap, Macy’s and Dockers. There were men’s sports coats for $10, women’s designer shoes for $25, vintage hats for $18, dining room tables with chairs for $200 and silverware in a velvet lined box for $40.

You have to look carefully, but on this particular day, Theory, Escada, Dana Buchman and Neiman Marcus and men’s clothing from The Gap, Macy’s and Dockers were found.

Free pickups are also available for large donations. All donations are tax-deductible and The National Council of Jewish Women also accepts cars as donations. They will provide and itemized receipt for all donated items.

Neighborhood special limited time—make a donation and get a coupon for a FREE entrée at Maria’s Italian Kitchen.

Special Event June 5/6—“Best of the Best” Event—come early to shop for fine antiques, designer clothing, and house wares. Hours: 8am-6pm Sat. and 9am-6pm Sunday.

National Council of Jewish Women/LA Council Thrift Shop, 12203 Ventura Blvd. Studio City, CA 91604 818.505.1924, www.ncjwla.org. Other locations in the 818: 14526 Victory Boulevard Van Nuys, CA 91411 (818) 997-8980 21716 Sherman Way Canoga Park, CA 91303(818) 710-7206

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Karen Young is the founder of My Daily Find.

  • http://www.marymcgrathphotography.com Mary McGrath

    Nice piece! I love thrift stores, and have found some of my favorite shoes at these places. There’s one in Culver City that I used to favor, but they got rid of their dressing room for some reason. Hard to try on designer clothes without some privacy!

  • http://www.jackiehouchin.com Jackie Houchin

    I buy lots of my every-day clothes from a Thrift Shop. Another one is the Cancer Society shop in Toluca Lake, on Riverside, across from the Trader Joe’s store.

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