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Thrifty Hippy is One Hip Thrift Store

Thrifty, eco-conscious, recycling bargain hunters may have a new favorite store

When Sam and Monique Azlant decided it was time to leave Lake Tahoe and relocate, they drove up and down the California coast looking for just the right town.

“We wanted community, good schools for our three kids, and a place where our business would thrive,” said Monique. “Petaluma seemed like the perfect fit. So far, we love it here.”

The couple leased the building that formerly housed a western apparel store at 216 Petaluma Blvd. North and opened their shop, , in early 2011.

The idea for the store, which is part retail and part exchange, came about through a dream Monique had. “I had a dream in which I opened up this type of store,” said Monique, “even the name came to me in the dream.”

Monique left her career as a juvenile hall counselor and Sam gave up a job in insurance. “We both wanted to do work that felt good and made us happy,” she said. Her husband, Sam, agrees, “Even though it’s a lot of work, I love being self-employed. I can’t imagine going back.”

What stands out about the store is its welcoming, cheerful vibe. The Thrifty Hippy is not your typical second-hand store. Monique has a good eye for merchandising and the place feels like a combination hip clothing-furniture-tchotchke store.

The Azlants run their business a bit differently from a standard retail operation. In addition to retail sales they also exchange store credit for merchandise.

“People bring in items that they no longer use and we give store credit so they can leave with something they really need," Monique said. "It’s a great way to recycle goods.”

Another unique aspect to the shop is that they offer free children’s clothing. “I was a young mother and know what a struggle it can be,” said Monique. “We have a room full of children’s clothes and merchandise that is free to those who can use it. I think it’s important to give something to the community.”

The store is chock full of merchandise: books, bric-a-brac, tapestries, clothing, shoes, music and has a basement full of furniture. The shop also carries some jewelry by local artists. It's all part of the owners’ plan to keep it local and support the community in which they live.

Furniture, which is taken on a consignment basis, and items to be exchanged, can be brought to the store, preferably on weekdays, during business hours.

The Thrifty Hippy is open Tues–Thurs 11am–7:00pm and Fri–Sun 11am–8pm. The store is located at 216 Petaluma Blvd. North. Phone 707-765-1752

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Karma September 16, 2011 at 02:32 PM
So happy you did an article on The Thrifty Hippy store! Monique is such a sweet wonderful person and did a great job with her husband getting it all together. Love everything about it and need to get back in there.
Nancy Green September 17, 2011 at 04:24 PM
We were travelling to Napa this spring & happened upon the Thrifty Hippy. What a FABULOUS FIND. Loads of terrific merchandise & a SUPER FRIENDLY, KNOWLEDGEABLE staff. Highly recommend a visit to this store.
Russ & Jennifer Vezzali September 25, 2011 at 05:21 PM
I think its awesome that you can donate and get someting in return, like store credit! love it :-), Russ & Jennifer Vezzali
Frank Anusky Sr. September 28, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Wow Didn't know you moved from Tahoe. Looks like your doing good. Kid's Good ? Keep in touch.. Frank & Rachel (Delaware)
Cate Turnbull Marsh January 25, 2013 at 08:11 AM
My son and I are looking forward to going to this store tomorrow. I had no idea that it is not just a retail thrift store, but exchange too! Fantastic idea!I have three older kids myself and raised them all to value thrift shopping. I think it is way better than going to the malls!! Hopefully we can find a great vintage fedora for nineteen yr old son, who's hunting for them.

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