By Betty Berry, Tuesday, March 9, 2010  Q: Some time ago you mentioned Senior Concerns Thrift Shop in an article and my friend gave me the address — but I lost it. Could you provide the address again and perhaps tell me a little about the shop and any special events they might be planning?

A: I am so glad your friend told you about Senior Concerns Bargain Boutique. Everyone who has ever entered the shop has had wonderful things to say about the merchandise.

First, the shop is at 80 E. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks, across the street from Office Depot. The hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

This month there are two special events in progress. The first event is a storewide sale — 60 percent discount on all jewelry and 40 percent discount on everything else in the store.

The shop is unlike any boutique of its kind. You will find it beautifully merchandised and always clean. The merchandise is new or very gently used.

There is an incredible variety of merchandise in the store at any given time, and donations are received daily so the inventory constantly changes.

You will find crystal, china, fine collectibles, decorative items, jewelry, accessories, shoes, lingerie, toys, linens, household items, antiques, perfume, art work, books and clothes. You might even find that hidden treasure that you have been searching for.

The second event invites you to take part in “Senior Concerns Gold Rush Days.” Through March 22 you can be part of the gold rush by donating your mismatched, broken or unwanted gold jewelry. A national buyer and refiner of precious metals will pay Senior Concerns top dollar for the gold.

It is a win-win situation. You will receive a Gold Rush Certificate good for 25 percent discount on any one item in the shop, and the proceeds from your gold will help fund vital programs and services provided to seniors.

Donations can be dropped off at Senior Concerns Bargain Boutique or at Senior Concerns Adult Care Center at 401 Hodencamp Road, Thousand Oaks.

Another note of interest about the boutique is that it is volunteer power that makes it work so well, and new volunteers are always needed and welcome.

If you or someone you know is looking for a way to get involved, perhaps this is an opportunity for you to make a difference in the lives of others. Volunteer hours are flexible — the shop can accommodate an individual’s busy schedule.

For more information about volunteering, call 373-0504 and ask for Rosemary.

All proceeds from the boutique go toward supporting Senior Concerns programs, which include the Adult Day Care Center, Meals on Wheels, Senior Advocate Services, Family Support Services, Support Groups for Caregivers and FAST.


Today: 1:30-3 p.m. Seminar “Clutter, Clutter Everywhere” at Westlake Village Civic Center, 31200 E. Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village.

March 19: 12:30-2 p.m. Seminar “Prescription Drugs Interaction with Herbal Medicine” at Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks; for reservations call 381-2744 or 800-600-4182.

March 19: 2 to 3 p.m. and March 25 11 a.m. to noon: Seminar “Activities to Engage People with Dementia” at Alzheimer’s Association Regional Office, 80 N. Wood Road, Camarillo; for information call 484-6028.

— Betty Berry is a senior advocate for Senior Concerns. The advocates are at the Goebel Senior Adult Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362; or call 495-6250 or e-mail (please include your telephone number). You are invited to submit questions on senior issues.


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