Friday, March 9, 2012

For the Love of Philly: PAT or Philly AIDS Thrift

PAT is my favorite thrift store in Philly.  There window display is always fun and kookie, they always have interesting items, and the volunteers are friendly and helpful.  I have a few reasons why I love this store.  First off they are in my neighborhood, a short walk to a wonderful thrift store.  Secondly, now that PAT has moved to it's new store the place is HUGE.  Thirdly, They have a whole room devoted to things that cost $1 (that's where I found that great wool coat).  And finally PAT is a non profit that gives all it's dough to the AIDS Fund who helps distribute the funds to local AIDS organizations.

There are two floors in this local gem of a thrift store and the bottom has kitchen wears, CD's and Movies, and items that are in season.  At Halloween the first floor has a lot of items that would make great costumes.  Right now there are tons of Jackets and sweaters.  The changing rooms and the front counter are also located on the first floor.

My favorite is the second floor that's where all the clothes, shoes and books are.  The dollar room is also located on the second floor in the very back.  Past the book section there is a room with a pool table, which Simon longs for every time he comes with me to the thrift store.

I can and have spent hours combing through racks of tees and jeans, or looking for fun things to read.  Every time I go in I come out with something.  If you plan on stopping by make sure you give yourself lots of time to explore.

Some other highlights about PAT:
-They have different color tags that are discounted every week.  There is at 25%, 50% and 75% tag.  The Volunteers post the colors on all of the walls around the shop.
-Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month the Mazzoni Center comes with their mobile testing center and offers free HIV testing from 12pm-5pm
-Check their website, because sometimes there are special sales.  For example this month on the 17th
everything that is green, has green in it or is snake skin print will be 50% off.
-They offer gift cards.
-They take debit and credit cards

710 S. 5th St
Philadelphia PA

Store Hours:
Mon-Thurs: 11am-8pm
Fri & Sat: 11am-9pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

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