Like the alchemists of old, who sought to transmute base metals into precious silver or gold, there is a place in Laguna Niguel that transforms thrift goods into food for anyone in need. While you may not see secondhand furniture and clothing literally morphing into food before your eyes, that is exactly what is going on at The Mercy Warehouse. All the proceeds from sales of the thrift goods go to purchase food. Mercy Warehouse turns $1.00 of donated thrift goods into $13.00 of needed food that is given away free 1pm-2pm every Wednesday and Friday.
Located at 27632 El Lazo in Laguna Niguel CA, The Mercy Warehouse has a thrift store that exists in order to provide funds for that free food giveaway. It is sponsored by the Vineyard Community Church next store. Mercy Warehouse is well worth the visit for South County thrift’n-istas looking for those thrift bargains.
The warehouse is good-sized and easily accessible not far from the cross streets at La Paz and Avila Road. When first entering the warehouse, there is a nice selection of framed art by the door. Prices are $20 and up and pictures are of various styles for different décors. The boutique area is to the right. Beyond it there is a large blocked-off middle area for the storage of the food. Then there is an area of the warehouse filled with a garage sale-like assortment of goods for sale. (That area was a little overwhelming as it did not look organized and took some work to sort through all the goods for sale). At the back of the warehouse is the area for furniture and large items- a large eclectic selection of sofas, dressers, end tables, small electronics, workout equipment and the like (even a player piano for $350- with a box full of rolls of music to use for it!) Much of the furniture looks to be of a consignment level, well worth checking out. Some sales were scattered throughout the furniture items- clearly marked as 50% off. For instance there was a nicely styled wood dining table and 6 chairs, normally sold at $599, now available for a bargain at $299. There were few appliances- I only saw a few dishwashers but obviously this changes with the donations received.
The boutique area- Treasures Revealed- was my favorite area of the Mercy Warehouse. It had a nice clothing selection for men, women and children there, priced well (e.g. $5 for jeans, $5 for men’s collared shirts, $2 for T-shirts, children’s clothing ranging from $2-$8. There were designer jeans in the mix, also at $5). For antique collectors, there was an attractive Domestic brand sewing machine on display for $80. Dishes and small décor items were prettily displayed. Items were grouped together and easy to access, and clothing looked clean and in good condition.
So put the Mercy Warehouse on the list to visit. Make note that this is a CASH ONLY thrift store- no credit cards or checks accepted. Call 949 726 2043 to verify hours- they are usually between noon and 2pm Wed and Fri, and every other Saturday from 9am until 2pm. Their website is www.mercywarehouse.com or email questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to donate goods or food to Mercy Warehouse, call the office at 949 425 3787.