Our Values

Brainwash Thrift is size-inclusive, accessible, queer safe-space, second-hand clothing store located in Arcata, California. This store is indigenous-owned, queer-led, and built on a foundation promoting inclusivity, diversity, accessibility, and compassion. We offer a variety of styles and sizes of fun, fashionable, & trendy clothing as well as a makers market with handmade artist jewelry, home-decor, and more!

It is our mission to create a safe, and welcoming space for people of all shapes and sizes. We celebrate diversity and accessibility, offering a safe workspace for our staff. We at Brainwash Thrift offer our workers an employer co-pay on therapy and counseling services offered through our partner non-profit Queer Humboldt. We provide a flexible and accessible scheduling structure that allows folks with disabilities and those living with mental health issues a workplace that chooses humanity over profit, every time. It is our policy to treat our staff and customers with respect and care and our promise to fulfill that promise to the best of our abilities every day.

At Brainwash Thrift we believe that by being compassionate towards ourselves teaches us how to be compassionate towards others. We believe that celebrating ourselves, expressing ourselves, and loving ourselves teaches us the meaning of empowerment, and that empowerment is the true beginning of radical change on a global level. We believe in equality for all. We believe in bodily autonomy and that no one has the right to tell you what to do with your body. We believe that sex work is work. We believe that police institutions are fundamentally racist and must be abolished. We believe that you're not a feminist if you're transphobic (No TERFs). We believe Black Lives Matter. We believe in building lasting indigenous sovereignty (#LandBack). We believe that housing is a human right. We believe in radical kindness, justice, and community.

Here's an ever-growing list of the rad folks in Humboldt County and beyond who we support because we think they are really cool & doing really amazing work, and how you can get involved, offer support & make a donation!

Queer Humboldt logoQueer Humboldt

black humboldt logoBlack Humboldt

Native American pathways logo Native American Pathways

cooperation humboldt Cooperation Humboldt


critical resistance logo Critical Resistance 


David Josiah Lawson Website Justice for Josiah