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Vintage Lodi: Thrift shops

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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 11:37 am

Thrift and vintage shoppers are the treasure-hunting pirates of modern times. Hardcore thrifters are out to find one-of-a-kind bargains at the bottoms of bins and in the darkest store corners, while some vintage hunters are willing to pay top dollar for truly unique pieces.

If you have an eye for new-to-you finds, start right in the heart of Lodi, in Downtown. At Secondhand Rose, which classifies itself as an antique store, you will find a little of everything from vintage quilts to jewelry.

Spread around Lodi are thrift stores like Classy Rags and Lodi House Thrift, where you can step in for gently worn clothes, dishes or even movies.

Surrounding Lodi, from the Delta to Clements, there are other shops to browse in, whether you’re in it for the vintage, thrift, antique or consignment finds.

In Lockeford, It’s New To You has several rooms packed with glass and china, an old sewing machine, new beaded jewelry, old hardcover books, a room of men’s and women’s clothing, children’s toys and even artwork.

Travel up Highway 88 a little further and you’ll hit Clements Bait Tackle Deli and Thrift Store on the left. It’s an unconventional shop that triples as a thrift store, convenience store and bait shop. Cecilia Barton started selling thrifted items because she’s always loved secondhand goods.

“They called me the garage sale queen,” she said, standing in an aisle of her store between large vintage dolls and small inexpensive children’s toys.

Creating a thrift store only adds to her goal of offering a community store.

If you head to the Delta area, Locke’s Strange Cargo is a favorite stop and has a little bit of everything. Thomas Herzog sells used books in the back of the shop and has a collection of more than 8,000 non-fiction books in his collection. There are seemingly never-ending shelves of vintage heaven to look at: Barbies, old records, historical dolls, ’60s-era kitchen utensils.

Next door to Strange Cargo, Herzog’s wife, Laura, runs the Delta Food Bank. She sells antique furniture, dishes and other items to help support the food bank.

The purpose of the hunt is to have fun and to score — as in score a good deal.

Classifying secondhand

Thrift stores: A broad term that means they may carry low and high-end items, including vintage or antiques. However, most of their items will be donated. Thrift stores often sell a lot of clothes, used furniture, knick-knacks and houseware items.

Vintage: Vintage stores can be similar to thrift stores, however, they usually pride themselves in having more “wanted” and “unique” items. This also means you may pay a little more for a vintage Elizabeth Taylor doll and Jackie-O outfit at a vintage store than you would a thrift store.

Consignment: A store owner sells used good owned by someone else. The owner item agrees to give a portion of the profit in return for keeping their items in the store.

Antiques: Antique stores are usually well-organized and only sell items that are old and have some value.

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