After being closed for several months to protect our loyal customers and our volunteers from COVID-19, San Diego’s Favorite Thrift Shop on the corner of First and University reopened in July. We’re eager to welcome you back!

Please check the Thrift Shop page on this website for current days and hours.

Also, we have a limited ability to accept donations at this time. If you want to inquire about whether we’re accepting donations, please contact us.

Assisteens Sunday Thrift Shop Event Makes It Possible to Help Underserved Children and Adults

Assistance League of Greater San Diego celebrates the second successful year of their Assisteens Auxiliary. Twenty committed teens, grades nine through twelve, from five different local high schools meet monthly to learn leadership skills and volunteer in the community. They are part of the larger National Assistance League®️. From planning philanthropic projects to volunteering over 500 hours per school year, this group is all about helping underserved children and adults in our community.

On Sunday, November 17, the Assisteens Auxiliary opened our Greater San Diego Thrift Shop to the public from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., a day when we are normally closed.   The teenage volunteers publicized the event via social media. They enjoyed working hard in the shop and in the back room alongside adult members. Inside the store itself, the teens welcomed shoppers, bagged purchased items, wrapped breakables, and helped customers. In the back room, they sorted donations, steamed clothes and organized a book donation. At the end of the day, nearly $500 in sales was raised to fund a philanthropic project planned by Assisteens to help those in need.

Then, on December 21, early Saturday morning, the teens distributed the blankets, backpacks and gently used coats and sweat shirts to underserved community members. Complete with smiles, bright eyes, and helpfulness, they brought warmth and happiness to community members in need. This was a life-changing experience for the teens and for the recipients of their generosity.

Assisteens also volunteer with our Operation School Bell®️ Program by serving as personal shoppers to children in need who come to various Target locations to receive new school clothes provided by Assistance League. Volunteering for Special Olympics events is also a favorite project.

Many thanks to our customers who shop at our Thrift Shop. You make it possible for Assistance League and the Assisteens Auxiliary to Transform Lives – Strengthen Community.


Assistance League of Greater San Diego provides scholarships for full-time community college students transitioning to bachelor’s degree programs. Scholarships were awarded in May for the 2020-21 school year.

Nine students were awarded scholarships and will transition from local community colleges to 4-year universities, including UCSD, USD, San Diego State, UC Berkeley, and Laguna College of Art and Design. Their major fields include psychology, pediatrics, business administration/accounting, education, law and film studies.

We congratulate these hard-working and deserving students!