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Orange Unpeeled

The city of Orange CA is a mecca for thrift’n-istas and antique hunter alike. The old-fashioned Orange circle is its heart- ringed by antique places, great eateries, and for thrift shopping, a beloved dependable Assistance League of Orange store. Orange has so many thrift stores to visit it is hard to list them- the historic Lutheran High School Thrift Store (over thirty years of thrift offerings) and the Now and Then Second Hand store of TV’s “Storage Wars” fame are just a very few.

So it was with great interest that I heard about The Orange Peel, a relative newcomer to the thrifting community of Orange. It is located on 217 South Tustin Street (near the Chapman/Tustin intersection) in a nondescript strip mall. I had a great first impression of the place though. How can you not love a shop whose owner is the tattooed guy energetically waving a placard for his store on busy Tustin Street to beckon visitors inside? The Orange Peel has lots of enthusiasm behind it, and there are bargains to be had here, despite the store’s diminutive dimensions.

The chalkboard sign on the wall lists the prices: Shirts $2, Shorts/Skirts $3, Pants/Slacks $4, Jackets $5, Shoes/Purses $3 etc. Bookworms- take happy note, all books are .25, and there was a nice collection when I visited. Baby items are an absolute steal. The clothing items are clean and organized and the staff is helpful.
There are always upcoming sales- I (sadly) recently missed a 50% off sale of everything in the store. For all tech-savvy folk, the Orange Peel also utilizes Facebook to list their special items that become available. Though the store is small, there seems to be a good turnover and new stuff pops up. This makes it a thrift shop to come to on a regular basis- also since there is a nice large Salvation Army across the street that make this stretch of Tustin Street worth a regular visit. A final note for bargain shoppers- The Orange Peel only accepts CASH.

So check out the Orange Peel on 217 South Tustin Street in Orange or call for hours or donation information at 714-633-7335. You will likely “unpeel” some great bargains there!

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