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Who's Who of Redlands Thirft Store

Jo & BK

February 2014


Jo & BK

September 2019

Kevin Walsh (BK) 

President, Auctioneer, Live Auction and Warehouse Manager


  • 3 Years Business Administration/Marketing - California State University San Bernardino

  • The Blues Estate Store - Owner

  • The Blues 2 - Yucaipa - Owner

  • Pomona Thrift - Owner

  • Mt. Vernon Thrift - Owner

  • Uselevi's - Hemet - Owner

  • Uselevi's - Beaumont - Owner

  • Uselevi's - Running Springs - Owner

  • Uselevi's - Yucaipa - Owner

  • Loma Linda Antiques - Picker

  • Beaumont Antiques - Picker 

  • Fun Stuff Antiques - Owner

  • Inland Empire Antiques & Collectables - Owner

  • Packing House Vendor Mall - Manager

  • Walsh Refinishing & Repair - Owner

  • Grandpas Corner - Owner



Kevin Walsh aka B.K. is the President of Redlands Thrift Store. Kevin was raised in upstate New York and migrated with his family of 12 to California in 1979. Kevin has been a picker for 34 years, often traveling to the midwest to purchase antiques and collectables. He and his wife, Jo opened the Blues Estate Store in 1992 and then Redlands Thrift Store in 2005, both located in Redlands, CA. He is a graduate of the Missouri Auction School and plans to host many Live Auctions in the future. 

Jo Walsh

Chief Executive Officer/Chief Financial Officer



  • Juris Doctorate

  • Bachelor of Science-Criminology, Minor Pre-Med

  • Bachelor of Arts - Sociology, Minor Business Administration

  • Associates in Science - Pre Med

  • Associates in Arts - Pre Law 



  • Paralegal

  • California State Pre-School Director

  • California State Pre-School Teacher

  • International Law Certification - Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University


  • California State Senator Certificate of Recognition for inspiring the special needs community

  • San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Medal of Honor Recipient for Partners in Education

  • Regional Occupational Program - Business Partnership for Contributions to Students & Career Technical Education.




  • United Thrift Store L.L.C - D.B.A Redlands Thrift C.E.O/C.F.O

  • The Blue Estate Store - Owner/Manager

  • San Bernardino Bar Association - Legal Aid Clinic/Facilitators Office -Paralegal/Facility Supervisor

  • Orange County Public Defender's Office - Paralegal

Jo & LK

October 2016

Kevin Walsh Jr. (L.K.) 


Still Family, but as of April 2014 Kevin JR "LK" went off on his own independent business adventures. He No Longer has any Legal Affiliations with Redlands Thrift or The Legal Aid Clinic of San Bernardino



"The Walsh's at Redlands Thrift gave me the opportunity that I needed to get back on my feet and I'm now achieving every goal I set for myself. Thank you Kevin and Jo, you really saved my bacon. I love you Jo, you guys really did save my life."

                                                           -Curt J.

"Kevin and Jo are the most amazing people to work for. I was employed by them for 9 years and I'm truly grateful for all they taught me. They treat you like family and to this day we have the most amazing relationship."

                                                           -Lisa S.

"Thank you for what you do in giving people a second chance. Because of your love and support, you have directly impacted 8 members of my family and was vital in healing and making us a family again."

                                                           -Ann T.

Jean-Inspector - Volunteer 84 Yrs Young

Rest In Peace


La Jolla Jean Jones, also called Jeannie by Jo but most everyone else calls me Grandma Jeannie due to many years of working with preschool and day care kids. After a tragic auto accident in 1988 that took my husband and son I hooked up with the Walsh Family and we have experienced many fun hard working adventures together ever since. I started mopping the entire 4,400 sq. ft Blues floor everyday before we opened. I would wash every pair of levi's and every piece of glassware in the place by hand. I would do anything and everything needed to help out my friends and make it a special place for you. I eventually worked my way up to store manager and loved managing The Blues for many years, until my back surgery in 2004, due to many hard years as a factory/assembly worker and improper lifting. The Walsh's were there for me during my entire ordeal and a few other bumps in the road, they even found a place for me after my recovery. I have helped with paperwork, cashiering, sales, greeter, answering phones, pricing and even security. I am suppose to be retired, but I am a work horse and can't stay away from my family. I love my job, I love that we support a great charity (The Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino) and I Love This Place! I am originally from North Carolina and love people. I now scoot around the thrift store in my walker slowly because Jo says, "Jeannie slow down, your not in a race" and my hearing is not so good, but I am here doing my best for my family and for you! When you are in the store please come by and say "Hi". I would love to answer any questions you have about our Great Redlands Thrift Store, it's products and its operations.


If you have a Story to share about Our Dear Sweet Jeannie, please visit and join our Facebook page that was created to keep her memory alive. We will always miss Jeannie, she was very special to us and many others. 


Click Here to Visit her Facebook Page

Dorothy Hoy Walsh

(November 1, 1934 - March 2, 2012)

     Our Mom passed away after a long illness of Cancer. Cancer took her life on this earth, but her spirit lives on in all who knew her.  Our father and brother Danny preceded her in death and she mentioned them often in her last days on earth. We know she has joined them once again, in Heaven.  

     Mom married our Dad, Robert Walsh on May 5, 1956 and gave birth to ten children;  Darlene, Kevin, Brian, Eleen, Patrick, Kathleen, Maureen, Sean, Patrice and Danny. She also helped raise 6 grandchildren; Robbie, Patricia, Levi, J.R., Miles and Angel.  Her twenty-two grandchilcren and fifteen great grandchildren will have memories of  "Gammy" and "G.G." forever. Gatherings at Mom's home happened frequently, which meant anywhere from a few to dozens of relatives and friends would be there, celebrating birthdays, holidays, births, weddings, graduations and more! Everyone was always welcome and Mom's motto was "There's always room for one more."

     Mom was born in Clarkson, New York and lived in the Brockport area until moving to Rialto, California in 1978. Mom graduated from Brockport Teachers College and began teaching for several years, leaving only to raise her growing family. After moving to California she began working at Crestview Convalescent Hospital, where she stayed for 30 years. Her work as a CNA, medical records clerk and then social services was a tremendous source of her pride.  After leaving Crestview and retiring as a social worker, Mom began working here at Redlands Thrift Store for her son Kevin as a full time sales representative until her passing in March 2012. Mom was a huge supporter of the store, she helped us with the opening, worked where ever we needed her and at the end was planting her ideas for the future of the business. She loved coming into Redlands Thrift and interacting with the customers. She even put together and organized our Customer Appreciation Day.

    Our Mom is greatly missed and lives on within our hearts and memories forever.

A Scholarship fund has been established in the name of Dorothy Walsh, at the Bloomington Christian School. This fund will be used to offer financial assistance to grandparent's raising grandchildren.

Donations can be given to a family member or mailed to: Bloomington Christian School, P.O. Box 212, Bloomington, CA 92316, c/o Dorothy Walsh (Tax ID # 33-0835255)

Jerome The Gnome

Redlands Thrift Store Mascot 


Jerome The Gnome,visits Redlands Thrift Store to make appearances during special occasions. We have our employees and even customers take turns dressing up and playing his character. He is a fun part of our store. 

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