Of all the thrift shops in Lane County, why did Best of Eugene voters pick St. Vinnie’s as Best Secondhand Shop?
We don’t know the answer to that question, but we’ll offer our professional opinion anyway. (Hey, we’re alt journalists at Eugene Weekly. We get to have opinions.)
First, there is the matter of quality. We’ve been known to shop for used wonders from time to time, and we agree — St. Vinnie’s has the best selection of used clothing, furniture and books. It’s like a secondhand version of a New York department store in the 1950s.
Second, you can buy a car there. As part of that, St. Vinnie’s makes it really easy to donate your car. If you’re looking for a way to get rid of that beater in your driveway and feel good about the transaction, just call 541-607-4541. They’ll even come get it.
Finally, there’s the steady work that Terry McDonald, executive director of St. Vinnie’s, and his organization have done for the homeless of Lane County. Where local government has so often failed, McDonald and his forces have stepped up — providing jobs, providing food and shelter and helping tip the difficult local politics around homelessness from exclusion to compassion.
We can’t think of a better place to shop, and neither can our readers.