Friends Resale Shop

The Friends Resale Shop, located at UC Building 214 on Library Walk, is an on-campus thrift store. They offer a wide range of gently used clothes (contemporary, designer and vintage), household items, books, and a wonderful music selection (tapes, CDs, and LPs). Proceeds from the sales help fund scholarships and activities related to international education. Volunteers and donation of gently used items are welcome.

The Friends shop has existed for over 40 years. They recently moved to a new location across from Center Hall and are continuing to expand. All of the items in the shop are donated by on campus faculty, staff, and students, or local residents in La Jolla. The resale shop offers a wide variety of items including professional attire, designer clothes, and one-of-a-kind treasures. All of the proceeds go towards Friends of the International Center scholarships and the shop is run entirely by volunteers. There are currently 18 volunteers consisting of students, staff, and others from our local community. Each volunteer brings different talents to help run the shop. The name “Friends” came about because they support and encourage friendship. The volunteers at the resale shop come from many different backgrounds. Some days, you can walk into the shop and hear conversations in Spanish, French, or German!

The resale shop is working towards becoming Zero Waste. They recycle and reuse the boxes and bags that donations come in. When there are items that are difficult to sell, like toys for children, they are donated to the Monarch School for Homeless Youth, the Mommy Daddy & Me group on campus, Goodwill, or Father Joe’s Villages, a charity in San Diego that provides programs and housing for the homeless.

Stop by the Friends Resale Shop from 10AM – 3:30 PM Tuesday through Friday, or drop by to make a donation between 11am-3pm. Don’t forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to hear about sales and new items! Interested in volunteering?  Contact Marion Spors ( by email, or by telephone at the Resale Shop (858) 534-1124 during regular Resale Shop hours.

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