A couple of weeks ago, my family said goodbye to my uncle. As I was thinking about some memories of our time together, I remembered how he had once taken me on a thrift store adventure. He was looking for something specific, and I was just along for the ride. I had no idea of the fun I was going to have looking at all of the goodies each thrift store had to offer. All of the stores we visited were downtown, and I probably couldn’t find them again if I tried. However, there was one I do remember, (Yoshi Now!) and I stumbled upon it again a few years ago.
Yoshi NOW! is a vintage store filled with all things retro. It’s located downtown, on the south/east corner of Mono and Broadway, by Chukchansi Park. (648 Broadway Street) The outside of the building is painted in such an awesome way, that it entices people to enter. So, today, I decided to do just that. I took my daughter (who loves antique stores) with me, and we went on our own little adventure to honor my uncle.
Oh my goodness, it was such fun! I had forgotten about all of the goodies that were inside.
Upon entering, we were first greeted by this amazing sign.
I don’t know what it is about signs, but no matter what they say, they always seem to be more hip when they’re not posted as they’re meant to be. I really wanted to take this home, but didn’t. I’m not sure what I’d do with it, but how cool is it?!
I also found this section, filled with a lot of retro goodness.
Look at the benches and tables. The briefcase. The Pepsi sign. The helicopter. The typewriter! My goodness I was in heaven! Along the wall to the right were bookcases filled with classic children’s books and old board games. I couldn’t resist, and I bought a children’s book. It’s filled with classic short stories and essays, which I will be using for my reading class next semester. So, I think that was $2.00 well spent. 🙂
Some other favorites of mine are dishes and kitchen gadgets.
All of the dishes and knick-knacks are in the back of the store, so the front of the store is filled with….Clothes!! My goodness, they have so many clothes! My daughter and I were in time machine heaven. The clothing is so very vintage-if that’s even a thing.
These dresses look like they came straight from a movie set! I can also imagine a little old grandma wearing the green dress. The red dress, well, I think my daughter should wear it for Christmas. 😉
Here are some other fun items I came across.
As we left, we were greeted by this guy.
While I was chatting with someone behind the counter, he was telling me that they have flea markets twice a year. One in the Spring and one in the Fall. This is where they open up the parking lot, free to vendors, to come and sell their stuff. They just had one in October, so keep an eye out for the Spring. They also just had a Craftapalooza this last weekend, where lots of people came to sell their goodies. What I love about this is that they’re inviting people downtown.
Walking around brought back memories of when I was there with my uncle. I’m glad my daughter and I were able to explore. So, the next time you have an hour to spare, head to Yoshi NOW! You can even shop for some fun stuff for Christmas. After all, you have 6 days left to shop! 🙂 (Their hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10-6.)