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Question:What thrift stores do you shop?

With all the financial craziness that is going on, everybody is trying to cut back. One place to score some great buys is at local thrift stores. Since we are from all over, I wanted to know what thrift stores we are shopping and what kind of deals we are all getting.

My favorite is the East End Hospice Thrift Shop in Westhampton Beach, NY. Not only do all my purchases go to a great cause, but there are really some steals! Last weekend I bought a beautiful vintage dress for $6 and the most gorgeous wine goblets for $1 each. You would never know I paid so little for them!

What local thrift stores are you guys shopping?

Asked by charlotte926 on 10/7/08 5 Answers»


Sometimes the local Salvation Army, but there are also a lot of stoop (yard) sales here in New York where you can find some good things.

Answered by: aliciak on 10/9/08


I love shopping in thrift & consignment stores. One favorite is Children's Hospital -- where the money goes back for the care of children. Another one is the Cancer Society thrift stores. It is always a surprise to see what they have and at such a good price!

Answered by: lilliede81 on 10/8/08


There's a little store called "That Nothing Be Lost" associated with the Graymoor Christian Retreat Center. All the goods are donated and all the money collected goes to help the men who come through on their way to rebuilding their lives.

People have such good feelings about this organization that they donate the most wonderful things. I love shopping there because I know the money I spend is going to help someone get back on their feet.

I was speaking with one of the sisters who work there and she told me that before anyone leaves the center they make sure they have a suit, a few shirts, a new pair of shoes and a few other outfits they can feel good about. It's put together from what is donated as well as from the money raised, so the men feel good about how they look and what they have to start out with.

(Talk about a win/win)

Answered by: springshine on 10/7/08


Beacon's Closet in my Brooklyn neighborhood is definitely a fave: Link

When I lived in Dallas I shopped Buffalo Exchange. I believe they have locations all over:

Both are great because they vet their donations really well—the items are in good shape and usually on-trend...so you're dressing well for a fraction of the price.

I've heard lots of women complain they can't find their sizes at vintage and resale stores, as so much of what comes in is within the 2-8 size range. I found this site (Link that links to plus size consignment shops.

Answered by: kristen on 10/7/08


Wherever I am, I hit up thrift stores in the ritzy neighborhoods. You would be surprised what you can get—brand names like Burberry, Armani and Louis Vuitton, all for a ridiculous fraction of the real price.

Answered by: bella08 on 10/7/08
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