Walking into the Discovery Shop in the Rancho Bernardo Town Centre isn’t like walking into a typical thrift store. The sunny location, well-placed displays, and thoughtful arrangements make it feel more like an upscale boutique.

Located behind the Bank of America in the busy Vons Plaza shopping center, the Discovery Shop may not be known to everyone; but those who take the time to visit, may well catch their fancy. The shop sells a wide variety of gently-used items, the proceeds of which go to benefit the American Cancer Society.

“They did a lot for me, the American Cancer Society, when I was sick – so I volunteered from the very beginning,” said co-manager June Greenwald, who has fought battles with more than one type of cancer. Upon retirement, she welcomed the chance to volunteer at the Discovery Shop, becoming co-manager with Patsy Rosado a few years later. The team has managed the store for eight years now. Their success ranks the RB shop eighth out of 40 in the state for donations produced for the ACS. Under Greenwald and Rosado’s tenure, the shop also received the San Diego U-T’s 2011 award for the best place to volunteer in San Diego.

“Volunteering here is so rewarding,” said Shirley Black, one of the nearly 100 volunteers that make it possible for the store to welcome shoppers seven days a week. “Our volunteers possess such rare intelligence and expertise in many subjects.”

That expertise includes retail experience and those skills are evident in the artfully-designed displays that showcase merchandise from clothing and jewelry to books, housewares, children’s items, and furniture.

The shop attracts many high quality items, most of which are sold for only 25-30 percent of the expected retail price, and hosts regular promotional events and discounts as well. “Our donors are wonderful and always surprise us with the greatest donations,” Black said.

Some of the most prized, and profitable, items that donors have brought in have included antique doll collections and books signed by Dan Brown and Mark Twain. “I love that new stuff comes in every day,” said Greenwald. “It’s sort of a treasure hunt!”

For more information, to donate items, or to volunteer, call 858-385-0479.



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Purpose:  Collect and re-sell items to benefit he American Cancer Society, the nationwide community- based health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
Volunteers: 95
Location:  16787 Bernardo Center Dr., #A018
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.8-6 p.m., Sat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m

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