Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club Resale Shoppe still open for business, taking donations


By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club clubhouse may be up for sale, but it is still business as usual in the Resale Shoppe.

“I’m amazed at how many residents don’t know we are here and how convenient we are for the community,” said store manager Maria Murphy.

Murphy said theirs is one of the few resale shops where people can drop off items at any time, not just when the shop is open.

Irene Perry, Garden Club board member, said that fall cleaning has been bringing in new donations daily, everything from jewelry to a Yves St. Laurent men’s suit. The items are high quality and fairly priced.

“This is an unselfish business,” said Perry, noting that all of the Shoppe’s proceeds go toward the Garden Club’s philanthropic work, which includes a yearly scholarship at MiraCosta College, Project Wildlife, Encinitas Resource Center, San Elijo Lagoon and many others.

“The success of the Shoppe and its philanthropic work is entirely dependent upon the donations of our residents,” Murphy said.

Perry asked that residents remember the Shoppe the next time they are taking their kids to school or running to the store or work — bring along donations and drop them at the Shoppe’s doorstep.

“We sell just about anything that is in good condition,” Murphy said. “Items that we can’t sell are donated to Father Joe’s Village, so everything goes to a good cause and you can feel doubly good about cleaning out items you no longer need or clothing and toys that your children have outgrown.”

The Shoppe is at 17025 Avenida de Acacias, Rancho Santa Fe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday.