Moving In on a Budget

By Caitlin Trebil

Photos by John Fingerhut and Reina Suio

With the amount of money you pay for rent, your budget for home decor might not be that large. To balance that out, the numerous thrift stores available in Long Beach come in handy when you need to decorate your new place. Keep an eye out on these places to make your place feel like home. 


Assistance League Of Long Beach Thrift Shop

2100 E 4th St. 

Assistance League has a lot of simple and vintage items that you won’t find at other shops. It is one of the cleanest and most organized of all the thrift shops. The layout is easy to help find what you’re looking for, and if you’re looking for something in particular, ask one of the nice volunteers. However, the store doesn’t carry a lot of furniture. It is pretty small but has a decent amount of home decor. This is the place to go if you need other necessities like gently used utensils, frames or books. Everything runs from around 50 cents to a few dollars. 

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AIDS Assistance of Long Beach Thrift Shop

2011 E 4th St.

After going to Assistance League, head across the street to check this place out. When you think of thrift shops, this should be the place you think of. Crowded and clustered, this thrift shop is full of treasures. It’s a thrift shopper’s dream with items that will add a unique taste to your place. Although this shop has mostly clothes, there’s also a small selection of cups, wall decor and bakeware. 


Society of St. Vincent De Paul Thrift Shop

2750 E Pacific Coast Highway

Start here if you’re just moving in and you have absolutely nothing to furnish your place. This thrift shop has multiple levels and rooms full of clothing, books, furniture and home decor. If you’re looking for big items of furniture, this place is a winner. There’s an entirely separate room (that could easily be big enough for an entire thrift shop) for items including dressers, tables, couches, and other miscellaneous items such as bikes, cushions and workout equipment. This should be your #1 stop in your thrift shop adventure. 


Out Of The Closet

3500 Pacific Coast Highway

To pick up the missing ends and pieces, head over to Out of the Closet. Once you have your big furniture, find small pieces that will add finishing touches to your place. The end tables, small coffee tables and mirrors are around $10 to $20. Unlike the other thrift shops on this list, Out of the Closet has a bigger selection of electronics. If you’re not into streaming on Netflix, go pick up a DVD player here, or if you want to save some money on coffee, get a coffee maker for a few bucks.