New Thrift Store in Morro Bay

Written by Neil Farrell

Neil has been a journalist covering the Estero Bay Area for over 27 years. He’s won numerous journalism awards in several different categories over his career.

February 25, 2021

Preeya Wiseman, left, and Bonnie Roe pose for a photograph in the Nifty Thrifty Thrift Store’s boutique. Photo by Neil Farrell

Morro Bay has a new thrift shop after a Los Osos business relocated to a spot on Quintana Road.
The Nifty Thrifty Thrift Shop opened a couple of weeks ago in the Quintana Plaza, 365 Quintana Rd., taking a pair of retail spaces in the commercial center where the ASAP Reprographics printing and stationery store is located.
Bonnie Roe, whose boyfriend Anthony Orozco owns the store, said they purchased it when it was in Los Osos in the Grocery Outlet shopping Center in a row of stores behind Carlock’s Bakery.
They bought it from Preeya Wiseman, who started the store. She continues to work at the store, Roe said. But that won’t last forever.
Wiseman said she and her husband plan to move out of state probably in a year-and-a-half. Her husband owns First Defense Firearms, a gun store in Los Osos.
“It’s worked out for both of us,” Roe said. “This has given me an opportunity now that I’m in remission, for going back into the workforce.”
Roe explained that she underwent surgery in 2018 to remove brain cancer.
She explained that the store’s two sides have different merchandise. One side has clothing and is arranged like a “boutique,” and the other side looks like a typical thrift store with a variety of items — furniture, household goods, small appliances, home décor, and children’s toys, among other stuff.
All their merchandise has been donated, she said.
The store will be working with community organizations like the Community Resource Center in Morro Bay and the 17 Strong Cancer Fund. The 17 Strong organization is dear to her heart.
That group was founded in memory of baseball player Ryan Texeira, who died very young of cancer, and raises money to fulfill the wishes of cancer survivors, similar to the way the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children.
“Make-A-Wish stops at 18,” Roe said, “they [17 Strong] take it up from there. They are for people 18 to 40; it’s a foundation that helps adults.”
Once the Coronavirus Pandemic is finally over, they are scheduled for getting her wish granted. “We’re supposed to go to Paris,” Roe said, “whenever COVID is over.”
The Nifty Thrifty Thrift Store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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