Legacy Thrift Shop Sebastopol
Oh the lovely Legacy thrift shop in Sebastopol California! One of my readers replied to my call to meet up with me in San Francisco, well, not really SF, but actually she suggested that I come visit her town and she could show me around her favorite craft shop. And what a Craft Shop it is! Meet Amy and me enjoying being surrounded by mountains of fabric, rick rack, embroidery, and any other craft supplies you could imagine. It Was Amazing! It was cheap!
Did I mention patterns are only 25 cents and what’s that you say? “I’m sure this fabric has to be expensive, like a boutique vintage craft shop”. Nope, not at all!
The Legacy is actually a non profit thrift shop run by the kindness of donations and volunteers. All the profits go towards the senior center and the local community! How amazing is that. So since everything in the shop is donated, it’s all actually really low cost! Just $2 per a pound for fabric! Did you read that? $2 per a pound! The cost is not by a yard, they just weigh it and there you go. It’s so fun to walk around making piles and digging through stacks of other people’s leftovers.
And lucky me, Amy told me to come up on Monday – when the fabric is only $1/lb! Amazing! I’ve been saying amazing a lot this post. I can not help it. I ended up with 2 great things of ribbon, 4 patterns that were only 5 cents each, and 6lbs of fabric, all for under $20! Awesome!
The ladies are super nice in the shop and told me all about their store and their projects. It was such fun. Here is some more official information on the shop:
“After many years of sewing and selling the things she made, Bess, a successful seamstress and crafter passed away. Her family decided to donate a portion of her fabrics and craft supplies to the Sebastopol Senior Day Program. This gift began a “legacy” that would create an ongoing opportunity in the community of Sebastopol.
“In 1995, volunteers were organized, to set up and run a local shop that would use such donations to raise money. The profits from that shop would benefit what is now called the Sebastopol Area Senior Center”.
They have regular monthly specials, sell handmade goods on consignment with an unheard of 30/70 split (the maker gets 70%), and then carry pretty much every craft supply you can think of. You can read more about Legacy on the senior center website, which has a map, directions, phone number and volunteering information.
If you live anywhere near Sebastopol, you must go here to and see how amazing it is for yourself. It’s for a great cause – the community and all our crafting habits :)
I took the 2 hour bus ride to go there (amongst other fun things I did that day with Amy), but I would do it all again just to go to the shop. It would be a fun day trip for you and a few friends. Split the gas money and it would be worth it.
Another great place that you can go visit is a shop full of vintage clothing of just about any period and style you could imagine – Amy, leave a comment with the name, I totally can not remember it. It was also amazing.
Thank you again Amy for taking me around that day. I love your beautiful town! Happy travels to you this summer.
And happy crafting to all of you too! Do you have anything like this in your home town? Share the names and the word. These places need all of our support, from the townies to the travelers. Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite local craft/yarn shop is.
9 thoughts on “Legacy Thrift Shop Sebastopol”
I am drooling just looking at the pictures! What an awesome place! I could spend hours there.
Thanks for letting us know about this. I’m planning a road trip already.
How fun. I love Sebastopol – such a cute little town!
Aubergine is the name of the retro, retro shop. I have pictures for you and another thrifty find when you visit next!
Oh please Kristin! I *must* know what bus you took to get there. I HAVE to go – and now that I’m temp not working, I really need to take advantage of that. I would love to spend the day looking thru everything! I live just outside of San Francisco, but have no car – and if I can get there by bus, I’m SO going. :) Thanks in advance, Donna
Great review! I’ve volunteered for the Legacy for about a year and a half, and it’s been a wonderful experience. I also have the closetful of fabric to prove it ;) We’ve just put up a blog for the shop at https://legacythrift.wordpress.com.
Please visit and let us know what you think, and of course spread the word! You can get to Sebastopol from SF on the 80, 70, 0r 101 Golden Gate Transit bus by way of Santa Rosa, then take the 20 or 22 express into Sebastopol. It would be an all day trip so I would pack a picnic lunch and make an event of it!
I have always thought this idea one of the best ever come up with. I can not look at the pictures without being very jealous that I am on the other side of the country, but I am consoled in the fact that I have a similar shop only a few miles away in my neck of the woods. I have found the best vintage fabric there, but I still can’t help but want to catch the first plane and peruse your shop as well.
Been there and keep going back.
Great place for zippers, binding and inspiration!
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