Sebastopol, California is home to one of my favorite thrift stores in the country: The Legacy. It's a thrift store unlike any other that you've probably been to. You will not find garish Christmas sweater or scratched Teflon pans for sale. Instead you will find every craft supply imaginable.
Some of the worse thrift stores are those that are a mess. The volunteers work so hard at The Legacy organizing the donations and making it very easy to find what you are looking for. I found some vintage Strawberry Shortcake material in the "pink" bin that I had to take home with me.
This is a just a small sample of their large selection of buttons. When I was making my button art, I came here in search of the colored buttons that I needed to complete my project. And if you adore buttons, One Gal's Trash is giving away some fabulous buttons on her blog.
Their selection of yarn is incredible. I adore that they separate the wool from the acrylics. I tend to buy only natural fibers so this makes it very easy to find the wool. I don't have to put every skein up to my cheek to see if it is scratchy or not. I've certainly received some seriously strange glances from shoppers when I've done this in the past. This is also a good test for blankets at estate sales and garage sales.
This store isn't very big, but it is so well organized that you can literally spend hours here. I had the two children with me who were a bit naughty so I had to quickly take photos, buy our craft supplies and escape before too much havoc occurred in this sweet little shop. The opposite wall to this one is also filled with books.
On the 2nd Friday of each month, all regularly priced items are 50% off. If you love crafting and live in the Bay Area or you are planning to visit the Bay Area, this store should definitely be on your to-do-list.
Outside in front of the store they usually have at least one box of free fabric. Some are just scraps but enough to make something especially if you have a project in mind. I picked up these pieces of fabric and was so surprised that they were free. The one in the middle I think is raw silk.
The Legacy is open Monday - Saturday from 10am-4pm. They stay open until 6pm on Thursdays. They are always accepting craft donations which are of course tax deductible. They even offer you the option to sell your handmade items on consignment. All profit from the shop goes to the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. They have a blog although it hasn't been updated in awhile. It does include a lot of information about the store.
If anyone does take a trip to visit The Legacy, let me know and I'll show you around Sebastopol.
Do you have a favorite Thrift Store? Why is it your favorite?