Not Your Average Thrift Store
The store consists of two rooms; the back full of women’s apparel, and the front housing men’s clothes, accessories, books, bikes, and other random gems you can only find in a thrift store. All books are free, a virtue carried over from Books on Wheels. Perhaps it is the vaulted ceiling or the fact that the door was open when I visited, but there isn’t that musty smell of books or secondhand clothing that is usually associated with thrift stores. The clean scent, light colors, retro decorations, and music from another decade make this store unique and inviting, a good atmosphere for hanging out and searching for treasures that belong in your home or closet.
Being a store in which inventory is all donated, there are always a few stories of strange items that they’ve received. Briggs told mentioned a woman who donated bachelorette party items, such as nude playing cards and “more explicit things” as she politely put it. Food is also something that shows up in their donations a lot. Not just canned goods but also food that has been worked on a little, like half a box of crackers. People also tend to accidentally donate things like keys and in one case, a passport.
The store is also used as an art space, especially for First Fridays. There haven’t been many this past year but art shows will be returning this summer, starting with July’s First Friday art walk, so be on the lookout for exhibits and events this summer. The exhibit will remain in there until August, and the store will remain open during that time as well. You can find more information about this at their tumblr. They are also on Facebook, and you can follow Books on Wheels news and events at their website.