What You’ll Find at Durham’s Top Thrift Store

(The Triangle Trend) — It’s not every day you’re able to shop in a super-size thrift shop while helping individuals with substance use disorders become healthy, productive members of their communities and families. That’s the aim behind the TROSA program, founded in 1994 by Kevin McDonald. In late 2014, TROSA opened its thrift store with over 100,000 square feet of gently-used furniture, clothing, housewares, electronics, and more.

Located in Oxford Commons, TROSA Thrift Store and Donation Center is heaven on earth for thrifters and upcyclers. Each purchase made at their shop goes towards their licensed, innovative, multi-year residential therapeutic community. Meaning that your next pair of shoes could help fund the journey of a recovering substance abuser looking to become a productive citizen once again.

TROSA Thrift Store is a favorite furniture thrift store for locals! Boasting tons of couches, dressers, coffee tables, dinner tables, chairs, and its claim as the only local thrift store known in the area with over a dozen upright pianos. A beautiful location with a ton of furniture? Sign us up. It definitely doesn’t hurt that TROSA’s goods are offered at a great value and the items are in good condition.

There are regular sales which lower the already super low prices. The proceeds go to a really good cause, so a micro-investment is totally justified. Keep an eye out for their daily clothing discounts based on the color of the tag on the item.

Not only are their prices incredibly reasonable but the delivery guys are also top-notch. They’ll arrive at your home on time and set things up very quickly. Even more so, the employees are very courteous and helpful.

Most furniture items start at $50, though it’s not uncommon to see dressers and more priced in the $250 range, particularly for vintage and antique pieces. The store is clean, well-monitored, and organized very well with no problem pushing a cart through the store. This store has decorations for every holiday. Every piece of plastic you take home with you is one piece of plastic that isn’t going to wind up in the ocean. And hey, rock bottom prices, too. A win-win for all.

There are plenty of treasures to find at TROSA, from their enormous supply of books in every genre, to their wide selection of clothing items for men and women, to picture frames, as well as CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and any other items that you hunt for in other thrift stores.

They’re also open on Sundays, which is a huge plus since most thrift stores are closed at that time. According to local guide, Max Bernard, TROSA thrift store is by far the most wide-ranging, professional, A-list thrift store he’s ever been to.

“There’s nothing that can compare to the elite professionalism and dangerously competitive prices this place possesses”.

He was able to furnish an office and a living room for under $500 without having to compromise the things he wanted. If you’re thinking of putting together a room on a tight budget and won’t be fussed over the exact shade of cherry oak red or slate grey, you should come to TROSA “every single time with no exception.”

There’s no guarantee of availability or quality, so don’t be ashamed of any impulse buys though. They currently only offer in-store shopping, so don’t forget to wear your mask!

TROSA Thrift Store and Donation Center

3500 N Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27704

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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