Feelin’ Thrifty: What Would Jesus Do?

We know a lot of our fellow Richmonders are always trolling for sweet thrift store finds, so we thought we’d dedicate a few posts to profiling our go-to spots for gently (or not so gently) used home furnishings and accessories here in the river city. Richmond has its fair share of Goodwill and Salvation Army stores but personally we’ve only actually purchased furniture or home accessories from other independent thrift stores in the area. So we’re here to share the goods. And bear with us all you non-locals, there are a few ideas that you can apply to your area. And hopefully this thrift store tour will inspire you to ask your friends about their favorite thrifting places- or even dedicate a weekend to hitting up a bunch of thrift stores that you find on google to suss out your very own favorite haunts. Happy hunting…

We’ve gotta dedicate this first thrift store profile to our absolute favorite: The Love of Jesus Thift Store. Can I get a “hallelujah”?


The Love of Jesus has two locations, but so far we’ve only visited the one on the Southside. It’s got a smorgasbord of everything – clothes, accessories, electronics, toys, sporting goods and (our personal fav) furniture and home accessories. My sister introduced us to Love of Jesus a few months ago after she snagged a chair for her new house (it’s the second chair in this post) and we’ve been hooked ever since. We even brought our camera on a recent trip so we could show you some of the cool pieces you’re likely to discover there. But of course it bears mentioning that not everything is a treasure. Sometimes one man’s trash is another man’s trash too. So be prepared to dig around a little. Consider it a home decor scavenger hunt of sorts.


As you can see, they’ve got an abundance of upholstered furniture, but we think they excel most in the wooden furniture department. Check out this beauty of a coffee table. It’s extremely solid and extra long, so it could be the perfect anchor in a spacious living room – especially if you’ve got an oversized couch. And of course it could always be primed and painted (glossy black? crisp white? emerald green? soft greige?) to work better with any existing decor.


You’ll have to forgive us for not writing down more prices as we went, but rest assured that everything’s very reasonable (they are “thrift”, not “antique” prices). Like this sweet console table with a woven brass shelf for a touch of old school style going for $15. Oh and if you do happen to fall for something that seems a bit pricey, we’ve had extremely good luck haggling for a better deal here (as in, they’ve never said no). If you’re like Sherry, you’ll haggle even if something’s already a steal. She once got a $7 bench down to $5… that’s my girl. Oh and remember that price isn’t the only issue, figuring out where something will go in your home is another good idea before you get to the checkout to purchase yet another chair that you have no place for.


They also carried a few retro finds in the lighting section with these poppy lamp bases that were just begging for a home (and a crisp new shade). It’s important to get thrift store lights checked out by a local electrician or lighting specialist to ensure that they’re safe so the whole house doesn’t go up in flames. But at $10 a pop, these schoolbus yellow and midnight blue lamp bases both leave room in the budget for some new wiring if it comes to that. Which one would you go for, the punchy yellow or the moody blue?


But if you’re looking for something less curvacious and more architectural, this massive, geometric glass chandelier would certainly do the trick.


And while we typically only swing through the home decor and accessory section, we’ll admit that we occasionally find other little treasures that catch our eye. Like this riveting novella based on the hit ’90s series Saved By The Bell. Fifty cent copies are clearly selling like hot cakes, so hurry in.


Sadly, we didn’t splurge on a copy of “Kelly’s Hero” this time. In fact, we didn’t take anything home on this particular pilgrimage. But not to worry, we can always rely on The Love of Jesus’ #1 fan (my sister) to show us how a piece of recently thrifted furniture can look right at home in her modern loft-like casa. Here’s a buffet she recently snagged for a mere $75 (with delivery included, no less) that perfectly divides her living and dining areas. Jealous? We are. We’ve seen other vintage modern pieces just like it for hundreds more. Go sis.


So that’s our quick profile of The Love of Jesus Thrift Store, one of favorite thrifting hot spots here in Richmond. Stay tuned for more thrift store profiles in the coming weeks. And we’d love to hear what you guys think about LOJ Thrift. Have any of you guys been? Found anything especially wonderful? Do tell.


  1. says

    I love thrift stores! They can be a challenge to get used to- but once you get the hang of singling a piece out and looking at it for its own qualities, it can be quite rewarding.

  2. Lori says

    S and J,
    A Richmonder here. Have been wanting to go to TLOJ store since I read about it here. Will plan to do so soon! If you haven’t been to Circa in Charlottesville (a quick hour trip) then you don’t know what you are missing! Three buildings of great used furniture, some if it delightfully vintage! And really inexpensive. Love your site…I have gotten so many great tips from you two. I am saving hours of time using Google Reader. I looove Rustoleum Universal spray paint, and lots of other good info. Keep up the good work!

  3. Melissa says

    I love these types of stores. There is nothing better than finding a diamond in the rough. I currently have a old silverware/linen sidetable and a nightstand I need to get refinished. The 2 pieces came in at $30 bucks for both, what a steal. The nightstand is bombay company so I was even more stoked to score it for $10. I can’t wait to see the rest of your hot spots.

  4. says

    That looks like a great thrift store! Here in the Winston-Salem, NC area, we have a really large Habitat ReStore with tons of furniture and from the photos, it looks like it’s rather similar–some lovely pieces and others that are… less lovely. Does your local ReStore stock furniture?

  5. Erica says

    I dont know how you two have such good luck at thrift stores. Everytime I’ve walked into a thrift store… I walk right back out, empty handed. Maybe I’m going to the wrong stores, know of any in the Northern Virginia area? If so, please share!!

  6. Laura Lynn says

    What? No “Kelly’s Hero?” And it would’ve looked so nice on the side table with your glass gourd lamp…

    It’s always fun to check out the thrift shops and flea markets here in Central PA. Yours look good there too and I love your sister’s buffet! Good eye!

  7. says

    I dragged my husband over there this morning in the hopes that the console table was still there because it matches our coffee table perfectly. But, alas. It was gone. Sadness.

  8. says

    That buffet! My mom has the same thing, but it is actually a dresser! Funny huh? It’s part of a set. :) I guess they made stuff for every part of the house in that style.

  9. jbhat says

    Fun stuff. Would your sister consent to you showing us more photos of her home? I like her taste too. Pretty please?

    • YoungHouseLove says

      Hey jbhat,

      We actually did an old house tour post about Em’s home here. And we helped her redo her daughter Olivia’s room here. Happy house touring!


  10. says

    I love Diversity Thrift as well, also here in Richmond. I just scored a fabu credenza similar to the one your sister picked up for $59. It needs a new coat of paint, but when refinished, it will be a perfect piece for my new dining room! Fan thrift is also good for smaller stuff. I haven’t been to the FTLOJ here in the East End yet, but I’ll have to check it out.

  11. says

    The Love of Jesus thrift store is incredible! We were on our way to get a craigslist $350 couch (how naive we were) when we popped in, and found a way cooler couch for $75! It was a thrill, and we hoisted it up in our appartment just in time for company to scoot in and compliment our gorgeous couch! If I were living in Richmond still I would be a frequent loiterer…

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