June 18, 1998 |
For true bargain hunters, discovering a treasure for a fraction of the original cost is the ultimate shopping experience. The treasure hunt itself calls for knowledge and endurance, and is followed by both the thrill of acquiring a precious item and the bragging rights over how little it cost. Heading my list for exhilarating treasure hunts are the Discovery Shops, enterprises of the American Cancer Society.
November 12, 1987
David Johnston's article, "Charity Thrifts" (Sept. 27), clearly indicates a great deal of investigation into the various types of second-hand, so-called "charity" businesses. This information is of great service to the public and the thousands of American Cancer Society volunteers in California. However, I feel it essential to draw attention to the misinformation received by Johnston. The American Cancer Society resale shops, known as Discovery Shops and numbering 30 in the state, do not have trucks or paid drivers.
May 12, 1998 |
The owner of the Discovery Channel, the cable TV station known for its "Explore Your World" motto, will be searching for a successful format in the highly competitive retailing wilds of California as it rolls out a new chain of stores. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery Communications launched its retail venture this month when it converted a Nature Company shop in San Diego into a Discovery Channel store. Discovery Communications acquired Nature Company in 1996.
May 15, 1995 |
Discovery Communications Inc., the company that owns the Discovery and Learning cable channels, is buying a small chain of retail shops and signaling that it has plans for more. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery acquired the similarly named Discovery stores of Dallas, whose 11 outlets sell educational games and gifts. The purchase will cost about $10 million, people at Discovery Communications said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 1997 |
Lucy Aucella moves from furniture to kitchenware in seconds, hugging customers as they enter and kissing them goodbye for luck as they leave the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop in Northridge. "She's a tornado," said co-worker Linda Scalise. "She goes through the place and takes over."
January 25, 2009 |
It cost me $44.93 to look like a million bucks. That's how much I spent on the resplendent sampling from my wardrobe I'm currently wearing. The outfit would have easily cost more than $1,000 -- if purchased new from brand-name stores. But the garments all came from thrift stores. My suit, a charcoal-gray herringbone in mint condition from Brooks Brothers, cost $12.95. A like-new, spread collar, sky-blue dress shirt from Banana Republic cost $2.99. My tie, a rich paisley by Ralph Lauren, was $1.