NW Community Alliance Thrift Store

Employees at the NW Community Alliance Thrift Store in Astoria.

Runner-up: Watch Me Grow, Gearhart

Honorable mention: GoodWill, Warrenton

After coming in second place multiple times, Darin Hocking of NW Community Alliance Thrift Store said it feels good to get chosen Best Thrift Store in this year’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

“We keep coming in second place, so this is nice,” Hocking said. “We appreciate the customers and the people who voted.”

NW Community Alliance prides itself on serving as a starting point for people looking to gain job skills and has focused on supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through sales of donated, gently used items since 1973. The goal is for workers to advance into jobs in the community.

Hocking attributes the store’s success to low prices and friendly staff.

“We’ve kept the pricing down low, so it’s pretty economical for people to come in and shop,” he said. “Thank the people that voted for us. That’s what keeps us open.”

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