This summer’s Basin Wide Spirit profiled the redoubtable Mary Quamme, the angel of Wonder Valley Thrift. The thrift shop fills a classic cabin on Godwin near the Highway, and according to the article the cabin’s use is kindly donated by the LaCroix family of Torrance.
Anyone who has shopped there knows Mary and appreciates her unflagging and unflappable presence. Rain or shine, freeze or bake, Mary is there, comforted by all the technological relief Wonder Valley can muster – in other words, she must really suffer to bring us these bargains! The shop is famously open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9 to noon all year round, including the doggiest days of summer, when that tiny building stuffed to the rafters with “stuff” can reeeally roast.
Somehow Mary keeps things pleasantly organized, so the sheer volume of merchandise does not cause overwhelming paralysis or, heaven forbid, paralyzing accidents. And the goods are in the best tradition of serendipity, treasures and trash tumbled together and may your curiousity profit with sorting them out. How often have I admired a Valley resident’s latest acquisition, be it decor, apparel, or something uncategorizable, and received the proud response, “Wonder Valley Thrift!” By which they mean not only should you notice their taste, but also that they paid dirt for it! The prices at WV Thrift cannot be beat.
The Thrift is a production of the Wonder Valley Hiking Club, which has been around for ages but gave up the hiking long ago. The Club, and the Thrift, are entirely dedicated to supporting the WV fire department. Your donations of goods, time, or cash are always welcome!
You can view the profile of Mary and the Thrift here (PDF; go to p. 5).
Also in that edition of the Spirit is an article on the Cleghorn Lakes Wilderness Area, another secret treasure of Wonder Valley; see p. 11 at the same link above.