From what I know, Asbury Park has the most thrift stores – packed with fab and fashionable bargains – than any other city in our area.

I spoke with the heads of two of the city’s largest thrift stores about what’s new in 2012 and what’s for sale.


In other years, the Salvation Army Thrift Store supported this residence in Asbury Park. Today, sales from the store support the food bank and other efforts.


Salvation Army

Possibly the most well-known resale stores in our area is owned by the Salvation Army.  The store receives merchandise from local donors as well as from its main distribution center, which means fantastic clothes from other parts of the state are calling you in your own backyard.

“The inventory changes every day here,” said Desiree Crumitey, the 7,000 square foot store’s new manager.  “The revenues from this store go to support the food bank, Christmas for Kids and more local programs.”

Crumitey says the customers are what she loves most about her job.

“I love coming in to work and seeing someone be so happy with the sweater they just found, or the couch they have been looking for, for months.  We get really nice items as well as the basics.  This store is for everyone.”

Salvation Army Thrift Store, 821 Main Street.  Merchandise:  Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing as well as furniture and housewares.

Jewish Family Services

For 26 years, sales from the Twice is Nice thrift store have helped support Jewish Family and Children’s Services mission of helping area residents.

“We provide support to children right through seniors living all over Monmouth County,” said Cathy Chiders, director of the store’s operations.  “From anger management to addiction counseling to parenting programs, we give the people in the community the little lift they need.”

New for the 6,000 square foot store in 2012 is a new and clear pricing strategy.

“We offer good deals every day partly because we have no rent or commissions for salespeople,” said Chiders.  “For our lightly used merchandise, every two weeks an item sits on the floor the price is automatically reduced twenty percent.  After two months, the item would actually cost twenty percent of our originally discounted price.  And our prices for new furniture and mattresses can’t be beat anywhere.”

Twice is Nice, 705 Summerfield Avenue.  Merchandise:  Furniture (lightly used and new via a catalog), new mattresses and housewares.