I've been sharing this blog with you for over 8 years & it has over 2,200 entries so of course some things might be out of date. If you find old info PLEASE help each other by getting the updated info & sharing it with me to revise. At least you'll have some basic info to get you started.

Better yet - do you have some time on your hands & looking for a volunteer project? Since this blog is a labor of love (that comes up often on the first page of google searches) & RARELY does anyone share a donation (even though MANY have said how much it's helped them), I could REALLY use help going through & updating things. Let me know if you can help!! People that speak Spanish are ESPECIALLY welcome since my VicLish can be somewhat limited at times!!
HELP KEEP THIS BLOG ALIVE & DETAILED. ANY size DONATION is APPRECIATED!
Has this blog helped you in any way? Given you more EASE or helped you find something? Has it brought you more exposure or business?
I welcome you to show YOUR Appreciation for what I share with you.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

THRIFT SHOPS • ROPA AMERICANA stores in Costa Rica


Costa Rica hardly has any Thrift Shops (MANY Tico's just give their things to family members) and I've hardly heard of•seen any Thrift Shops that carry household things/furniture.

What Costa Rica DOES have LOTS of which are mainly for buying clothes and occasional light household things (though RARELY furniture) are called:

"ROPA AMERICANA'S"


Margie Davis wrote a good blurb on Ropa American's at:



FYI - CONSIGNMENT SHOPS are even fewer.  I've also started a list of Consignment Stores at:



@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

(this is a funny video on shopping at Thrift Shops [there's some profanity but I welcome you to see beyond it])


SAN JOSE:

CASA DE MODA AMERICANA
facebook.com/cma.CasaDeModaAmericana  •  2-221-3508

The stores are huge, clean, organized, and the clothing is quality. They have everything for every member of the family, all sizes, all ages, leather jackets to swim suits. Also the workers are helpful, pleasant and courteous, as opposed to following you around "watching" you. And the prices are awesome!!  There is an abundance of the smaller sizes, the stores are huge, color AND size separated in the racks. If you are looking for a particular color or size, you can go directly to the rack and find what you need, no wasted time searching!  And if you don't find what you need, just tell them up front and as it comes in to inventory, they actually WILL call you and inform you of the arrivals. But, yes, there is plenty of larger sizes, jeans, pants and shirts. 

They have an ENTIRE DEPARTMENT with BBW Plus Size larger clothes for men and women!!!!

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday - 9am-6pm

LOCATION:
SAN JOSE

Paseo Colon - directly across the street from Edificio Colon (I TRIED to get the cross street but no one seemed to know what it was!!  GRRRRR Costa Rica!!)

ALAJUELA

Central near Juan Santamaria park, next door to Clinica Laurent


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


TIENDA ME EXTRAÑA

facebook.com/pages/TIENDA-ME-EXTRA%C3%91A-ropa-americana/109571672478451
facebook.com/MeExtrana  •  2-221 2612
This place seems like a pretty cool•hip Ropa Americana!!
HOURS:
12pm/Noon•Mid-Day
LOCATION:
Barrio LA CALIFORNIA diagonal a Latino Rock Cafe. A un lado de la antigua Bomba la Primavera.  Sobre Avenida Central

in Barrio California - diagonal to Latino Rock Cafe. On one side of the old gas station Bomba la Primavera. On Avenida Central
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


NEL'S FAVORITE ROPA AMERICAN IS
FARAZ
2-221-2726
 It carries a lot of Canadian made stuff and seems to have better quality clothes. 
LOCATIONS:
3 locations in San Jose
Their largest one is by Parque Merced by Hospital San Juan de Dios Good prices. A lot of new stuff and used.
A smaller one is on Avenida 2 near Museo de Oro•the Gold Museum.
@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


Nel said there was a Ropa near Chinatown
that does not have much but she's found some fabulous 
DESIGNER CLOTHES
 there including some Tommy Bahama Shirts Size 2X and 3X for her hubby.
LOCATION:
Avenida 2•Segunda - across from the Dragon restaurant.


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

Tiendas Sinai
San Jose -
Barrio Cuba
2-223-7313 facebook.com/pages/Tienda-Sina%C3%AD/210446962342284SinaiAmericana.com  •  central@SinaiAmericana.com
Alajuela
 2-433-6889 • facebook.com/TiendaSinaiCR


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

Tiendas Cleveland


 @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

I hear Paca Loca is way overpriced but maybe you'll get lucky:
PacaLoca.com


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


SANTA ANA

el Shaddai

(2-282-6165 • facebook.com/pages/El-Shaddai-Premium-and-Vintage/224117354280903)
el Shaddai is one of the more popular Ropa Americana's - at least on the West side of the Central Valley - THOUGH - they're now also carrying new things.  It's quite large and has pretty GOOD prices.
HOURS:

Monday-Saturday - 10am-7pm
LOCATION:
Santa Ana - 1km East of the Cruz Roja•Red Cross - on the East-bound Calle Vieja (heading towards Escazu) - on the Right side of the street



@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


Torre de Lobo 
facebook.com/TorreDelLobo  •  TorreDelLobo.com
They have
a BUNCH of stores around the Central Valley and I believe their things are new - purchased from Outlets in the USA - but some are really good prices.
They have a LARGE selection of BBW - Plus Size clothes for women (at least Escazu does).

CARTAGO
200 mts Este del costado sur de la Basílica, en la esquina de la Escuela de Los Angeles y Plaza de deportes.
Tel.: 2591-0757
 

 CURRIDABAT
300 mts Sur de McDonald’s, Plaza del Sol
Tel.: 2524-0042

DOS RIOS - SAN FRANCISCO
700 mts Sur Iglesia Católica
Tel.: 2219-5181

ESCAZÚ
50 mts Norte del BAC San José de Guachipelín
Tel.: 2288-1941

HEREDIA
150 mts Norte del HIPERMAS
Tel.: 2263-2012

HEREDIA - SAN PABLO
 300 mts Este de la UNA, carretera a San Pablo.
Tel.: 2263-6935

LA VALENCIA
25 mts Norte de los semáforos de la Valencia
Tel.: 2262-3909

MORAVIA
300 mts Sur del BAC San José
Tel.: 2236-0082

PAVAS
50 mts Norte de Jiménez y Tanzi
Tel.: 2290-2297

PINARES
100 mts Norte del Centro Comercial Vía San Juan
Tel.: 2279-1133

TIBAS
200 mts Norte, 150 mts Oeste, Municipalidad de Tibás
Tel.: 2297-2725

SHOES - PINARES
Diagonal al Fresh Market y contiguo a la Farmacia Fischel
Carretera vieja a Tres Rios, Curridabat
Tel.: 2272-2244

SABANILLA
50 mts Este de las Instalaciones Deportivas de la UCR.
Tel: 2253-3252

HOURS:
Monday-Saturday•Lunes a Sábado: 9am-7pm
Sunday•Domingos y Feriados: 10am-6pm


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

NARANJA:
Dolores just did a story on her great blog about
Zumo Muebles in Naranjo
which does a "permanent garage sale" and is mainly FURNITURE!!
CostaRicaBargains.blogspot.com/2014/07/PermanentGarageSale.html


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@



GUANACASTE
Guanacaste - NOSARA
CLOSING around JULY 2105 - BUT
AWESOME DEALS NOW!!!

NOSARA RESALE
USED CLOTHES
All Kids Clothes and Shoes 1000c
All Women's Shirts 2000c
All Mens Shirts 2000c
All Women's and Mens Shorts and Pants 2500c
All Women's Skirts 2500c
All Women Dresses 3500c
All Women's Shoes 2000c
All Men;s Shoes 4000c

NEW CLOTHES AND SHOES
50% off

EVERYTHING ELSE 50% OFF
OPEN THURS - SAT 9-5

Facebook.com/nosara.resale  •  8-860-6555 (Cindy) • 2-682-0357  •  NosaraResale@gmail.com
You can donate items to have proceeds go to your favorite charity, trade in items and get store credit, or consign bigger items and get cash when they sell!
HOURS:

Tuesdays-Saturdays - 10am-4pm


@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


TAMARINDO:
The YARD SALE STORE
Rummage • Thrift • Re-Sale Shop • Used Stuff
HOURS:  Monday-Friday - 12pm/noon-5pm
WHERE:
2nd Floor of Plaza Conchal



WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE
ROPA AMERICANA•THRIFT SHOP in Costa Rica??

Please send me DETAILS on it

•  NAME OF SHOP:   
•  CITY•AREA•BARRIO:
•  DIRECTIONS (as if the person had NEVER been to your city.  The more detailed the better): 
•  DAYS AND HOURS OPEN:  
•  DO THEY HAVE ANYTHING UNIQUE? (clothes for large women, lots of childrens/baby things, furniture, appliances, electronics, designer things, games, shoes, bedding . . .??): 
•  WHAT ARE THEIR PRICES LIKE (give examples): 
•  SPECIAL DAYS FOR SALES, ETC.:
•  RUN BY: 
•  DO THEY DO CONSIGNMENT (if yes - what do they give you?  How long do they sell things for before discounting?):  •  FACEBOOK PAGE OR WEBSITE:
•  PHONE NUMBER: 
•  CONTACT EMAIL (ideal with name of someone that speaks some English):  
Please email me the answers at:
LivingLifeInCostaRica@gmail.com



@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@


Other places to find USED THINGS
Check out my posts at:

GARAGE SALES•VENTA de GARAJE • MOVING SALES•VENTA de TRASLADO • ESTATE SALES•VENTA de BIENES INMUEBLES • THINGS FOR SALE • VENTA de la CASA por la VENTA • REMATE • NOS VAMOS - APROVECHEN la OFERTA!  • GRAN VENTA de GARAJE por MOTIVO de VIAJE
In general - Where to find USED THINGS in Costa Rica

LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/07/StuffForSaleCR.html

FLEA MARKETS • MERCADO de las PULGUS 
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/07/FleaMarketsCR.html


ANTIQUES • ANTIGUEDADES
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2014/04/AntiquesAntiguedadesCR.html


PAWN SHOPS • TIENDAS DE EMPENOS
LivingLifeInCostaRica.blogspot.com/2008/11/pawn-shops-in-costa-rica.html



@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@



No comments: