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Sun Thrift Store: Possibly the Greatest Thrift Store in the World!

One is not supposed to share wonderful thrift stores, but this one is such a grand, dusty, funky-smelling adventure that I must share for the sake of Lomography!

Photo by herbert-4

The Sun Thrift Store is a charity store benefiting the Catalyst Foundation for AIDS Awareness and Care. It is absolutely vast and remains blissfully unaware of any trends, having rather random but very low prices with Wednesday and Saturday at 50% off before noon and senior discount Tuesday. There is also a daily colour tag
special. People bring in donations constantly and everyday their trucks are bringing in donations of entire estates.

As you enter, you are struck by the sheer size of the place, and then by the funky smell. They never pre-wash before selling, never have and never will. Much of my clothing, shoes, and hats were bought here through the years, just washed, sprayed or dry-cleaned before wearing. Almost half of my camera collection comes from Sun Thrift Store: Yashica Microtec Zoom 70 for US$6.99, Nikon Zoom Touch 500S for $3.99, Minolta Explorer Freedom Zoom for $4.99, Olympus AM100 for $2.99, Yashica Electro 35 GSM and Lomo Electra 112 both for $45.00 after much haggling. They want more for metal cameras. They sell toy cameras, some new in box, for $1.49. I have a few for giving away. Some of my dishes, appliances, and decorator things also came from Sun Thrift at very low prices. Everything is priced for fast turnover.

Here’s the address and phone number:
Sun Thrift Store
8800 Foothill Blvd.
Sunland, CA 91040
Tel. #818-951-7150

If you can get to this place, it’s the place to shop. Enjoy!

written by herbert-4


  1. noe_arteaga


    Hey Herb! I would love to visit this place! Thanks for the article. However, my mother hates thrift stores, so I probably wont take her!

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  2. bsdunek


    Looks like fun. I go to Salvation Army and Vincent St. Paul stores and find lots of good stuff. Save a lot of money on clothes.

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  3. herbert-4


    @bsdunek SA and VSP have nothing on this place!! If you're in LA, shop here!

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  4. monodistortion


    haha, I never see that many cameras when I go there.... probably because you're buying all of them! Well, there are a few other good thrift stores in the east valley, but I'm not going to reveal my secret spots!
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  5. herbert-4


    @monodistortion The cameras in the article are pretty much all I've bought there, I have too many, now. You just have to haunt the place and check often, and there is another store near Lankershim and San Fernando Rd. Keep looking.

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  6. monodistortion


    I have found some good cameras in Valley thrift stores, just not that one. A few months back I visited a bunch of thrift stores and found a Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim ($5), Ricoh FF-90 ($5), and Polaroid Automatic 250 ($30) but I'm normally not that lucky. I have enough cameras to keep me busy now but I'm always on the lookout for new finds!
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  7. sadiestoker


    looks like a place to shop !

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