Auntie Helen’s Turns Thrift into Treasure

Auntie Helen’s Thrift Shop has served the San Diego HIV community since 1988, when their founder Gary Cheatham provided laundry service to people living with AIDS.

“In those days’ people were fearful of becoming infected with the virus, and many people would not wash the clothes of their families and friends who were HIV-positive”, according to Auntie Helen’s Thrift Store.

Currently, they offer three basic services for their clients: laundry, clothing vouchersauntie-helens, and food distribution. Their clients are all referred from a variety of clinics, case managers, and other authorized agencies.

As a part of their mission and to continue providing these invaluable resources, Auntie Helen’s generates support of people living with HIV/AIDS by providing a high quality community-based thrift store experience.


In support of our friends at Auntie Helen’s, we encourage everyone to come to the RDPSD Dudes & Divas Trunk Show on Saturday, September 10th from 2pm-4pm at Martini’s Above Fourth and donate your old but wearable red dresses to Auntie Helen’s. Then you will receive a 50% off card to purchase a red dress from Auntie Helen’s at the Trunk Show or at their storefront (on 4127 30th Street).

Auntie Helen’s will also be helping to style the runway show for the Trunk Show and selling dresses on site for anyone that wants to sip martinis while trying on dresses in a relaxed atmosphere. We’ll also be selling discounted tickets to Red Dress Party San Diego 2016, so stop on by and let’s get #RedDressReady together!