The “Marine Thrift Shop” in building 5691 offers terrific deals on clothing, toys, books, movies, uniform items, and other items donated to the store. The Thrift Shop also has volunteer opportunities for those interested in helping the community. For more information visit the site’s webpage at: http://www.marinethriftshopokinawa.org/
Near the Foster Theatre is “Island Treasures” in building 1011 which is a gift shop that sells items from all around the Pacific. Stock rotates on a regular basis so it is always worth your time to stop by and see what is new. Island Treasures has also expanded and opened a furniture annex in building 461 near the Chapel. For more information visit: www.marinegiftshopokinawa.com/
*A note about buying furniture on Okinawa. The central location of the island in the Pacific region allows for merchants to affordably import and sell furniture made out of prized woods (sometimes antique or hand carved) such as Chinese oak, teak, teak root, maple, mango and rosewood at a small fraction of the price you would pay stateside. The wood is also usually made from solid pieces and the really good stuff is put together with dowels instead of nails or tacks. If you do your homework before you buy, you can return to the USA with coveted woodwork that will actually increase in value or function as prized heirlooms.
Camp Foster is unique in that it has its own dedicated furniture and appliance store. Located in building 5949, this large facility sells bedroom sets, couches, chairs, rugs, table sets, washers, dryers, refrigerators and other items for the home. Though command sponsored service members aboard Okinawa (on or off base) rate furniture through the housing office, there are some nice alternatives at this store which will make your quarters or off base apartment feel more like a home. Most of the brands sold at this store are made by major stateside companies such as Ashley, Whirlpool, Basset, and General Electric. If you do live off base then some appliances bought here will require a transformer, which are also sold at this location. This location also offers third party delivery services on and off base for a small charge. For more info look at the “Stores” section of this page: https://www.shopmyexchange.com/exchange-stores/United%20States/AP/APO/Camp-Foster-(Okinawa)-1771001
The Military Clothing store on Camp Foster is one of the largest on island. Aside from Marine and Navy uniform items you can find base souvenirs, athletic clothing, a department called “Stripes” for alterations and a small shop that does custom embroidery. The latter is especially useful if you need to get a unit Gideon (flag) made as a replacement or farewell gift. It is located in building 5950 which is directly across from the Furniture Store. You can visit the Camp Foster Exchange page for current info on hours and phone numbers: https://www.shopmyexchange.com/exchange-stores/United%20States/AP/APO/Camp-Foster-(Okinawa)-1771001