What We Love: Philly AIDS Thrift

The nonprofit shares proceeds with local AIDS organizations

Courtesy of Philly AIDS Thrift

It would be enough to love Philly AIDS Thrift (PAT) simply for all the great finds inside the door of the Fifth and Bainbridge outpost. But add that PAT donates proceeds from sales to local area AIDS organizations – like the main beneficiary Philly’s AIDS Fund – and you end up with a shopping experience with plenty of heart.

The knickknacks, apparel and furniture are all top-notch (you sometimes even find first-edition books and collectibles amid the creatively crowded two-story shop). The book section – one of the best spots to browse LGBT titles on the cheap – is also loaded with cookbooks and enough reading materials to get you through the indoor winter months.

There are also plenty of coats, clothes, games and housewares – not to mention plenty of unique gift ideas that won’t break the bank.

During a recent visit, G Philly spotted very retro 80s belts, cute and kitschy ceramics, a signed keyboard from “Dreamweaver” Gary White and stylish caps that’ll keep you warm all winter long. We even picked up a great AC/DC rock tee.

If you’re doing some early spring cleaning, consider donating your good stuff to PAT – they accept donations every day. You can even get a write-off just in time for tax season.

PAT is also always looking for volunteers. You know what that means, right? First dibs on the best stuff.

Philly AIDS Thrift, 514 Bainbridge St., 215-922-3186.