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    Thrift Cottage

    The Thrift Cottage

    1211 Tenth Street, Coronado, CA 92118
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 10:00am  – 4:00pm
    Open Saturdays: 10:00am - 1:00pm
    Sunday & Monday Closed  .  Phone (619) 435-5380

    The Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church Thrift Cottage is a bargain-hunter's paradise of quality apparel for women, men and children, accessories, household items, dishes, appliances, books, and toys. The shop size limits sale of furniture or most electronics. Imagine finding a vintage lace dress for $9, a designer outfit for under $25, or a leather motorcycle jacket for $12! Inventory changes daily-even hourly-so many customers come often to discover the latest bargains. Sales of these gently and new items support local charitable and church ministries, scholarship for high school seniors, youth camp scholarships, military families and disabled veterans, and the children's church education program (AWANA).

    Recycle and Resell

    The Thrift Cottage accepts donations whenever it is open. Whenever Coronadoans and beyond are moving, downsizing, or doing spring cleaning, their donated treasurers are welcome. As a non-profit business, a donation receipt is offered for tax deductions; no appointment needed. Visiting the Thrift Cottage is a fun, interesting experience. Despite its small space, the shop is neat, well organized, and welcoming to local shoppers and repeat visitors vacationing in the area. Our customers appreciate quality items and even designer labels at bargain-basement prices.

    The cottage is staffed by volunteers. It is managed by the Thrift Cottage Committee of six volunteers who meet monthly to make operational and financial decisions. Interested in volunteering? Read about Thrift Cottage volunteer opportunities Here.


    The Thrift Cottage appears architecturally distinct from all its Victorian-era family members on the church campus. The explanation that follows is history compiled from “Our First 100 Years,” a 1988 publication compiled by Elizabeth Huser, researched and augmented with personal anecdotes by Margaret "Peg" Luedtke, volunteer church archivist.

    Thrift Cottage History

    In 1947, Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church relocated a former World War II WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) barracks to the church campus at 1211 Tenth Street. It was repurposed and used for Sunday School. As the church congregation grew with multiple generations attending, the burgeoning children's ministry outgrew the former barracks. In 1969, construction began on what is now the Center for Christian Education at 949 C Avenue, and the barracks became a storage building. 

    Meanwhile, the idea of reselling good-quality used household items and apparel had become a popular trend. In the late 1950s, a Coronadoan named Regina Turner repurposed her home into a used-clothing resale shop—called Tots and Teens—on Ninth Street, across the street from Christ Episcopal Church. When she  ended her business, Graham Memorial Presbyterian Church took over the operation and renamed it Thrift Cottage, a subtle reference to the denomination's Scottish heritage. To increase visibility, the church moved the shop to a storefront location on Orange Avenue. But in 1982, the Pacific Bell Telephone Company bought the building, and the Thrift Cottage lost its lease.

    Re-enter the WAVES barracks/storage building. Church volunteers spent that summer emptying and cleaning the building, and then moving the store contents from Orange Avenue. The Thrift Cottage reopened its Tenth Street doors to the public on January 24, 1983, where it continues its over a half century resale operation in its historic building.