Campus Philly Love Notes: Heaven in a Thrift Shop

Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.

Cindy Stansbury, Temple University
Favorite Spot: Philly AIDS Thrift
Neighborhood: Queen Village
Address: 710 S.5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

I am: A full time student at Temple University and a city explorer extraordinaire.
Years In Philly: One and a half years
Current Home: North Philadelphia and South Jersey


My Love Note: Ah, the ever interesting, ever intriguing, ever surprising Philly AIDS Thrift. A place the fills my heart with love and puts a smile in my wallet. I know it well.

I remember the first time that I ever entered Philly AIDS Thrift, totally unsuspecting of what its curious exterior had in store for me. When I opened the doors, my nostrils immediately filled with the smell of “old.” You know, that kind of smell you smell when you’re at you grandparents’ house — old.

However, once I got passed my scent memories, my eyes truly began to take in all that this store had to offer: vintage clothing, records, VHS tapes, knick-knacks, mugs, shoes, Halloween costumes, books, regular clothing, lamps, picture frames…everything your mind could possibly conjure up was inside the walls of this cluttered store.

Wait! I still haven’t gotten to the best part.

The price tags! Oh, the price tags! Something that normally fills my heart with lament and dread brought me elation at Philly AIDS Thrift. These tags had prices on them that I had never seen before! Low prices! I could have cried from excitement right there. But wait, it gets better! Each brightly colored tag corresponded with a discount allotted to that color.

At that moment I knew, that I had found heaven in a thrift shop.

One year later, I am still a frequent and devout shopper at Philly AIDS Thrift. Even better, the shop donates their proceeds to AIDS research. Shopping and a great cause! I challenge you to find a better store.

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Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Queen Village / Bella Vista 2 Comments

2 Responses to Campus Philly Love Notes: Heaven in a Thrift Shop

  1. Layla

    I feel this way about Philly Aids Thrift as well!!! Such a great place, and discounts on discounts!!!!! I bought a shirt in dollarland, and ended up paying $0.75 after discount…and it’s probably one of my favorite shirts….from Banana Republic, go figure!!! To even out all the spending I do there, I try to donate often! Love this store 🙂


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