The Salvation Army Family Store collects and resells donated items ranging from vintage clothing to antique furniture. Patrons can search for wardrobes, tables, and couches to fill out their home, plates and silverware to stock their empty kitchen, and VCRs to feed their pet robot. All proceeds from the Family Stores support The Salvation Army's San Diego Adult Rehabilitation Center, a 12-step work therapy and faith-based residential and transitional rehabilitation program for men and women dealing with alcohol and substance abuse. The six-month to two-year program is offered to program participants at no cost.
Though the best way to contribute to the organization's mission, especially following natural disasters such as the recent wildfires, is with monetary donations, the Salvation Army accepts donations of used goods and clothing to sell in the network of Family Stores. All sales of these donated items support the funding of the organization's programming. To donate goods, call (800) 728-7825 or visit www.SanDiego.SATruck.org; for monetary donations, call (866) 455-4357, visit www.SanDiego.SalvationArmy.org, or send to The Salvation Army Divisional Headquarters, SD Fires, 2320 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.
Mission Hills Nursery draws from a long tradition of horticulture, as it was founded in 1910 by renowned green thumb and urban-green-space advocate Kate Sessions. Year after year, rows of roses, shrubs, and vegetables have sprung up under the staff's doting hands and dangled morsels of plant food. A section for gardening accessories equips yard workers with trowels, thorn strippers, and organic fertilizers to motivate crops without scourging them with caustic chemicals. In addition to tending to its plants, Mission Hills Nursery's staff arranges landscapes with garden-design services and teaches clients to arrange their own through gardening classes.
Walls lined with elegant, vintage pieces reflect the quaint, upscale surroundings of Bella Vista Home & Garden, which equips novice and seasoned decorators with an array of fine furnishings ready-made to complement any home's oversized ego. Illuminate nightstands or fallout shelters with any of more than 50 lamps, such as the 27-inch twisted table lamp ($85), anchored by iceberry braids. Or keep fires creatively contained with an antique brown iron fireplace screen ($92). Alfresco statues ($45) and other angelic garden accessories garner the envy of neighbors and inspire burglars to become horticulturalists. Meanwhile, custom-made pillows ($79) can add elegance to dreams and oil paintings ($69) can increase walls' self-worth. Those seeking interior magic without sawing their couch in half can enlist the wizardry of Bella Vista Home & Garden's free, in-home design consultations.
Eventually every homeowner faces the dilemma, or the opportunity, to upgrade their house’s hardware. If your place requires a vintage replacement, or you just love old time detailing, step into Architectural Salvage. The corner location fills with light in the afternoons, the better to showcase antique chandelier drops and stained glass insets to their best advantage, while the curated collection continues in the upstairs loft while heavier pieces such as period doors, metal signage and containers of skeleton keys sit on the main floor. The business has been a labor of love for almost 20 years and hosts Patina, the friendly feline, often found dozing next to the cash register.
Mixture is a modern and contemporary home furnishings & accessories store that blends playful accent pieces with high-style design elements. Located in a 1940's 2-story, brick warehouse in San Diego's Little Italy, Mixture offers 8,500 sq.ft of modern home furnishings, original art, gifts, cards, candles, books, jewelry...
With retail locations in more than 50 countries around the world, BoConcept crafts unique and modern Danish furnishings that can be customized to suit one's home. BoConcept's stylish staff embraces a holistic-design approach and offers interior-design services to pair customers with ideal accent pieces of modular floor-art. Host games of Connect Four around a walnut-and-chrome coffee table ($449) or accessorize offices with a pearly white-lacquer table desk ($579). Through its modular design structure, many design elements can be customized to tailor the color, height, handles, and shelving to the client’s preferences. Peruse BoConcept’s menagerie of modular offerings and stock up on sleek and slender floor lamps or other reading prerequisites like armchairs, bookcases, and espresso cups that can fuel hours of late-night studying or mornings spent copying the encyclopedia word for word.