What is the best second hand shop or thrift store in your area?

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  1. ChristinS profile image42
    ChristinSposted 4 years ago

    What is the best second hand shop or thrift store in your area?

    I live in Illinois. I know a lot of attention is given to Goodwill and Salvation Army stores and I'm happy to support them, but they have really gotten more expensive.  There are a couple of "mom and pop" thrift stores here that are much better for kids clothes.  I'm not buying brand new jeans for a kid who grows like a weed smile There are also consignment shops that are reasonable here and the clothes are in better condition.   For home improvement stuff I adore the Re-Stores by Habitat for Humanity - very affordable. What second hand or thrift stores are the best in your area?

  2. peeples profile image96
    peeplesposted 4 years ago

    We have a great place here ran by Mennonites that is amazingly cheap!! Cute kids jeans in great shape for $2. Under age 5 clothes usually $1 each. They also sell all of the home improvement type stuff. Last time I was in there they had a 13 ft piece of granite counter top for $50! I love the place.  Other than that place all we have is Goodwill, which prices USED jeans at $7-$8. I can get jeans new for that much on sale.

    1. ChristinS profile image42
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      that sounds like a cool place for sure! Goodwill here is 7 bucks for used jeans - often not in great condition - seriously? no.  I definitely prefer the family owned or consignment on young kids clothes. My teen is getting hard to shop for though.

    2. peeples profile image96
      peeplesposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Do y'all have a Plato's Closet there? They sell used in style "teen" clothing super cheap. I get some of my clothes there and jeans and tops are on clearance often for $3-$5! Just a thought if y'all have them.

    3. ChristinS profile image42
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I haven't heard of that one, I'll look and see if we do though for sure.  thanks smile

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image96
    FatFreddysCatposted 4 years ago

    I frequently visit a thrift store in my town to scrounge through the CDs. The store benefits a local women's charity. It's located in a former church building that's extremely run down...it's dank, cramped and smells like feet on hot days but I keep finding all these amazingly cool, weird, hard to find CDs there so I keep going back. I've probably added 50 or 60 CDs to my collection over the past couple of years thanks to this store.  I don't know where they're all coming from but I hope the well never dries up!

    1. ChristinS profile image42
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      That is incredibly cool.  I rarely find any good CD's or music in our area thrift stores, we do have a flea market though with some good stuff.

  4. gmwilliams profile image84
    gmwilliamsposted 4 years ago


    Goodwill has some excellent stuff.  I go there when I want something kicky.  I know of no other stores except for consignment stores.  Goodwill has some nice black plus size dresses.  I got a black velvet dress there for $4.00 years ago. Recently got a black linen dress for $9.00!

    1. ChristinS profile image42
      ChristinSposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      dresses are definitely one area where goodwill stores do a good job.  I hardly ever wear a dress and went there before a wedding I was attending and found a very lovely dress with tags even for just a few dollars.

  5. peachpurple profile image81
    peachpurpleposted 4 years ago

    we have a $2 store, and a $5 store, i like the cute gifts but some are not practical gifts. look like a cheapskate

  6. Venus Rivera profile image70
    Venus Riveraposted 4 years ago

    I live in Illinois too but in the suburbs. We have some great Goodwill here. I go to two of them one is on Plainfield Rd next to the Joilet Mall and the another one is on 59th & 127th Street. Every Sundays and Mondays they both have half-off prices.

  7. heathersgreatcat profile image91
    heathersgreatcatposted 4 years ago

    My absolute favorite is Community Thrift on Freedom Drive in Charlotte NC.  The neighborhood is sketchy but I always find the best brands of clothing and sometimes even cute jewelry.  I go there weekly.

  8. mio cid profile image59
    mio cidposted 4 years ago

    I really don't know of any other than the  SA and the G in my area. but I can spend hours in there looking at old radios ,pottery books and everything old.


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