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Whether you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly used picture frames, a cool vintage chair, or absolutely nothing in particular, there’s a bit of a thrill that goes hand in hand with thrift shopping. Chalk it up to the element of surprise, not knowing if you’ll come home from a thrift store empty-handed or with the ultimate one-of-a-kind find on a dime. Or maybe it’s the satisfaction of pulling the, “Thanks, it’s thrifted” line when friends ask about your latest decor addition. Either way, thrifting has (rightfully) skyrocketed in popularity recently.
That’s why I took it upon myself to pick out the best thrift store in each state. Here’s how I ultimately judged: The location has to carry home goods (because this is Apartment Therapy, after all!), the majority of which have been pre-owned or recycled.
Since I unfortunately can’t physically visit every single shop nationwide (if only…), I enlisted help from Apartment Therapy staff and readers via Facebook and Instagram to finalize the list. It was no easy feat to narrow down the amazing suggestions, but below you’ll find the most popular thrift store nominations. Have a local spot you love that we didn’t mention? Leave a comment below!
Note: I use “thrifting” as a blanket term for secondhand shopping in general, simultaneously recognizing consignment stores, vintage boutiques, flea markets, reuse nonprofits, antique malls, and, of course, good old by-the-book thrift shops.
There’s nothing cookie-cutter about Urban Suburban Antiques, a multi-vendor Birmingham shop known for vintage and antique home decor. In fact, it’s described by local publication Bham Now as “THE place for the quirky shopper.” Think of it like an antique mall, but way cooler. The store’s 60+ laid-back booths run the style gamut, with fun mid-century modern furniture and classic art alongside whimsical accents and decorative quilts. Prices vary across the individual sellers, but you’ll find most within a reasonable range — and mark your calendar for the semi-annual July and February sales.
Promising to “transform your waste into something beautiful,” Furnish Studio + Salvage collects unwanted home goods to prevent dumping in landfills, and the team then either upcycles or redirects them elsewhere. These refurbished pieces are also re-sold within the organization’s Anchorage retail shop (open Fridays and Saturdays from 11-6 or by appointment), or put to use for community workshops. The location doubles as a studio space, hosting classes and events that teach hands-on repurposing techniques (like Furniture Repair 101). Founded in April 2021, the for-profit is the brainchild of Darcy, an entrepreneur with a small furniture painting business and passion for educating locals about reusable goods.
Great shopping, good cause: The White Dove Thrift Shoppe is an organization that donates proceeds to Hospice of the Valley, the largest not-for-profit hospice in the U.S. Sales of thrifted items “fund many specialized and innovative patient-care programs and help lower the cost of charity care,” their website explains. The thrift store originated in Phoenix in 2004, but has since spread across Arizona to Scottsdale, Mesa, Glendale, and Midtown Phoenix. Inventory differs within each location, and many receive donations from relatives of patients they’ve previously assisted. Anything that can’t be sold gets redistributed to other local charities, too. Bonus: the stores have weekly “Dove Discount Days,” offering 25 percent off Saturdays for students and military personnel, and Mondays for senior shoppers 55 and older.
Fayetteville’s Funky Flea Market in Fayetteville, Arkansas, touts the tagline “like a flea market, but funkier.” Located in a 110-year old depot, this quirky shop embodies that motto with an especially unique assortment of secondhand offerings — all leaning into Americana influences and Ozark-area inspiration. You’ll find everything from old-school Coca-Cola signs to vintage patio decor to cookware collectibles and beyond. And on the consignment furniture front, know that “if it’ll fit through a door frame, and isn’t a bed, we carry it.” Oh, and you can pet some cute cats while you browse the 50+ vendor booths, too.
Recommended by AT’s executive home director Danielle Blundell, Los Angeles-based Pop Up Home is part vintage and consignment store, part contemporary art gallery. The latter comes from founder Tricia Beanum’s recent partnership with private art consultant Sarah Griffin. Known as UNREPD, the joint project showcases up-and-coming, underrepresented artists and displays their work throughout Pop Up Home’s 15,000-square-foot showroom. Beyond that, the West Hollywood business also dabbles in a medley of local services: interior design consulting, staging, studio rentals, and even virtual estate sales.
Greenwood Thrift Shop and Consignment Gallery in Boulder, Colorado, hits the best of both worlds: stylish secondhand shopping and a positive cause. All purchases raise funds for the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, a nonprofit dedicated to providing professional care for sick, injured, or orphaned wild animals. And you’re not likely to leave empty-handed — the multi-level location features gently-used home decor, books, and antiques, plus reasonably-priced furniture, artwork, and more in the upstairs consignment gallery. You can also scope out hundreds of in-stock inventory directly through their online marketplace, then promptly “add to cart” for pickup or delivery, if you’re based locally.
Fueled by about 80 diverse vendors (aka “Mongers”), Mongers Market is a must-stop spot in Bridgeport, Connecticut. There’s a $3 entrance fee, but it’s a worthwhile trade-off just to browse the 127,000-square foot old factory space. And on top of carrying eclectic vintage furniture, lighting, and antiques, the shopping destination really rises above the rest thanks to a standout supply of salvaged industrial and architectural fixtures. Think old factory doors, picket gates, and pieces of railing. The Market even recently acquired a series of wood flat file cabinets removed from the basement of the Yale Peabody Museum, as seen on their Instagram. Note that it’s only open Sundays from 10-4, so plan your thrifting trip accordingly.
Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for at Wilmington’s The Zeppelin & The Unicorn Antique Shop? No problem! One of their 40+ expert dealers can add any antique to the “Wish book” and loop you in whenever they come across it. Pickings are hardly slim, though. Upcycled and vintage decor, garden accessories, toys, and vinyl abound, all inside a charming, pet-friendly showroom where unhurried shopping is heavily encouraged. Vendors often collaborate, too, resulting in occasional themed display rooms. And if you happen to spot a crop of pink hair, it might very well be owner and resident “vintage doll lady” Jacqui, who runs the business with her husband, Larry.
Kitschy, fun, quirky, vintage, cool — you name it, Oddballs Nifty Thrift in Fort Lauderdale probably has it. Voted the fifth best vintage/consignment store in the country via Yelp, it’s (quite literally) packed floor-to-ceiling with funky oddities and “overlooked treasures,” as noted on their Facebook page. Mahogany dressers and colorful bookcases double as displays for an overflow of colorful lamps, animal figurines, toys, signs, art, and housewares. Crack open a cold one (yes, they serve beer and wine) and settle in for a funky shopping ride in the original locale or newly-opened Oakland Park store.
Over the past eight years, entrepreneur Jon Bailey has been successfully growing his locally-beloved business, Atlanta Used Furniture — which he founded straight out of college. Originally operating out of a leased storage unit, the resale shop has since graduated to its own showroom space that’s dedicated to well-priced vintage and mid-century modern treasures (even from iconic names like Paul McCobb and Adrian Pearsall, no less!). “I enjoy finding quality pieces from the past and providing my loyal metro Atlanta customers with great deals,” says Bailey. And if the 72,000+ Instagram followers and frequent satisfied-customer reposts are evidence enough, it’s safe to say the feeling is mutual.
The environmental nonprofit Re-use Hawai’i originated in 2006 as a response to Oahu’s solid waste problem, a third of which stems from demolition-related debris. Helping combat this issue, the organization developed a sustainable Deconstruction Program that involves hand-dismantling structures to preserve the salvaged materials. These are then made available to the public via their Redistribution Center warehouse, as well as other donated goods like reclaimed lumber, vintage furniture, and original recycled creations. Community members can visit Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9-5, to access the affordable offerings — an eco-friendly shopping system that’s helped cultivate a more independent, circular economy.
The Gold Mine Thrift Store in Ketchum may be revered for its affordable used skiwear, but the bargains also extend into furniture, decor, art, electronics, and books. Speaking of the latter, the Sun Valley shop actually originated in 1955 to help establish the local privately-supported Community Library. Today, profits from the thrift shop’s donated items account for over 45 percent of the library’s overall funding, including for programs and events. As does the corresponding Gold Mine Consign, founded in 2013 to promote “consignment with a cause” and a more tailored shopping experience for various high-end pieces. “Moreover, we are a critical hub for both the local and tourist communities,” adds managing director Craig Barry. “Normally we see over 225,000 customers a year.”
Nominated for Best Retail Shop by the Chicago Reader, Brown Elephant comes highly praised from Apartment Therapy readers and staff — and with good reason. It’s an offshoot of Howard Brown Health, a Chicago-specific org dedicated to aiding the LGBTQ+ community, including those who are uninsured or under-insured. That means every penny spent at the Lakeview, Anderson, or Oak Park locations helps fund expert healthcare services. And if I could award one thrift shop across the board as “Most Eclectic,” Brown Elephant is a definite top contender. That superlative shines with off-the-wall oddities like a Chia Mr. T. (yes, you can watch his mohawk grow), a blue early 2000s Mac computer, the baby-doll-infused lamp shown above, and more that you really have to see to believe.
Practically Perfect in South Bend feels like taking a tour through grandma’s attic, and I mean that in the best way possible. Advertising “furnishings, collectibles, and more,” the thrift store welcomes antique and vintage items with a traditional flair, as well as decor, lighting, and art — all at incredibly affordable prices. That’s especially true of the gently-used furniture selection, for which the shop accepts consignments or buy-outs. Inventory from local vendors also fills a majority of booths at the University of Notre Dame-adjacent location, where you may just be lucky enough to hit one of their back-by-popular-demand Blue Basket Sales (pay $5, any non-vendor item that fits in a basket is yours).
Come for the cheeky store name, stay for the all-over-the-place acquisitions at The Picker Knows (pause for play-on-words appreciation). The quirky Des Moines spot gets its claim to fame as one of Iowa’s largest antique malls, residing in a 35,000-square-foot former grocery store. Here, over 400 vendors sell anything from “baseball cards to old records and everything in between,” according to their website. Clothing collectors can also check out the newly-launched (and very Insta-worthy) vintage apparel store-within-a-store. Combining all things retro, traditional, and just plain cool, the shop has a didn’t-know-you-needed piece for every thrifter. They host occasional after-hours events, too, like Sip ‘N’ Shop or a fun Halloween-time “Late Nite by Lamp Lite” happening.
Owls Nest Topeka Antique Mall and Flea Market takes pride in maintaining “competitive booth rates” and an overall “clean, welcoming and fun environment,” according to its Facebook page. Also worth noting, it’s the largest indoor antique mall and flea market in Topeka, with two local locations. Endorsed by an Apartment Therapy reader, the stay-for-hours secondhand shop caters to the community with fair pricing (plus intermittent sales), uniquely-designed vendor stalls, friendly staff, and constantly-changing inventory — including, but not limited to, nostalgic knick knacks, well-kept furniture, and used sports gear (go Chiefs!).
Hailing from my very own hometown, Louisville’s Fleur de Flea in the historic Paristown area defines itself as a “vintage urban market.” It’s basically a 35,000-square-foot playground for mid-century modern enthusiasts and thrifters alike. Over 150 distinct local vendors and collectors source “all things old and wonderful,” like rare vinyl, cool secondhand apparel, and — most notably — impeccably curated furniture. I recently visited the store in-person and spotted the burl wood bookcase, Noguchi coffee table lookalike, and floral-printed sofa of my vintage-loving dreams. Toss in a stellar playlist and weekend “pop-up” bar (read: shopping with mimosas), and this is arguably the best spot in the city to spend a Saturday.
Shopping editor Britt Franklin adores The Market at Circa 1857: “They had a really fun Candy Land art piece in there a while back,” she says. “It’s cool to visit.” Said piece (shown above) unfortunately sold, but there’s plenty more eccentric offerings where that came from. In fact, the Baton Rouge business, which bills itself as “not your average antique store,” expertly marries classic with a hint of quirk. Promoting “antiques, vintage finds, oddities, and curiosities,” owner Garrett Kemp dabbles in timeless dressers and desks, plus playful vintage art and accessories. Above all, the store emphasizes shopping locally (and sustainably) for long-lasting, affordable reused treasures.
Modern collectors and literary lovers flock to Big Chicken Barn Books and Antiques in Ellsworth, Maine. In fact, it actually doubles as the state’s largest book store, where you’ll come across first editions, rare novels, vintage magazines, and paper antiques galore — 150,000, to be exact. Stationed out of a 21,600-square-foot barn (because of course), the antique-filled bottom floor also feels like a giant nod to yesteryear with a lengthy list of intriguing merchandise options. It’s a hotspot for travelers off the Rural Route 1 countryside, and a real come-stay-awhile kind of spot: there’s free coffee, tea, and hot chocolate served year-round, plus chairs and couches throughout for peak reading coziness.
Nonprofit Community Forklift has a two-fold goal: reducing construction waste and making renovations more affordable across the D.C. area. That goes for homeowners, business owners, and everyone in between, who can count on the Hyattsville-based nonprofit for low-cost salvaged materials — including tile, lumber, and hardware — donated from nearby building and supply companies. Since 2005, this circular system has diverted an estimated $45 million of waste away from landfills and serviced over 20,000 community members. And beyond B&A necessities, the Community Forklift reuse warehouse also stocks impressive pre-owned furniture, home decor, and lighting, some of which you can browse via their eBay page or online marketplace.
Worcester’s largest antique and artisan shop, Crompton Collective, comes highly praised by not one, but two Apartment Therapy editors. The self-proclaimed “curated boutique marketplace” was founded in 2012 to “celebrate our local independent makers, home goods, and our love of vintage things,” its website notes. Every purchase — be it a vintage mirror or antique platter — in turn, supports the 70 in-house sellers and local creative community overall. The home decor hotspot’s become so popular, in fact, that there’s a lengthy waitlist just to secure a vendor booth.
Pathway Market is the thrift store by-product of Marne, Michigan-based moving company Pathway, which provides support and physical labor for seniors. The shop itself then sells any unwanted furniture or decor from these clients, on consignment, in hopes of reusing or recycling as much as possible. Based out of a former church, it’s “essentially a never-ending 6-day-a-week estate sale,” according to the brand’s “About” page — ripe with furniture, books, mirrors, glassware, china, and art. Not living in Michigan? No problem, Pathway Market has online shopping ops on both Etsy and eBay, as well.
Husband and wife Chris and Susan Donnelly sure know how to (hand)pick ’em — the pair operates SouthSide Vintage & Quality Goods, a highly-curated, but reasonably-priced shop in Minneapolis. The “two-person passion project,” as Susan calls it, is currently open every other weekend, but that’s strategic, giving her more time to carefully source modern pieces. And thanks to her background in art direction and photo styling, the store also has an especially cozy, lived-in feel, with thoughtfully-arranged vignettes resembling real rooms. Get your 20th century furniture (or decor) fix among bookshelves, dining room sets, coffee tables, and beyond, which the Donnellys restore, refresh, and polish themselves.
Mississippi Magazine readers have voted Repeat Street in Ridgeland as one of the top local resale/consignment shops. Stop by the sizable sales floor and it’s easy to see why — be it (indoor and outdoor) furniture or home decor, there’s no shortage of next-level, affordable finds for every interior palette. The premier shopping spot even cycles through a whopping 3,000 items every week, on average, so the selection’s never sparse. Or dull, for that matter, with vintage roller skates here, an old gold cash register there.
Prepare for love at first walk-through within The Green Shag Market, a weekends-only St. Louis antique and vintage mall. Here, more than 60 leased, well-designed booths offer a medley of used mid-century modern furniture, retro decor, and one-of-a-kind collectibles — both high-end and budget-friendly, but mostly inexpensive overall. Vendors of all varieties are welcomed, to keep the eclectic inventory intact overall. And an online “wish list” form also influences potential pieces, which interested shoppers can fill out with a desired description and price range.
Opened in 1969, Circle Square Second Hand in Missoula, Montana, is well-known for its storefront mannequin (affectionately named Gladys) and original “We buy anything” sign still intact. That advertising may not be 100 percent true today — and actually can’t be painted over, thanks to the building’s National Historic Register Designation — but current proprietor John Baker still buys, sells, or trades a lot of cool used wares. Currently in demand? The list ranges from vintage stereo gear and acoustic instruments to coffee tables and cast-iron cookware.
A Nebraska-based brick-and-mortar shop since 2012, Home and Closet Vintage has recently gone online-only. Don’t worry, though, the easy-to-navigate e-commerce platform features in-depth photos, descriptions, and a rating system to document each vintage piece’s condition. Quality runs high, prices run low, and everything’s neatly categorized by style. That includes the site’s custom upholstery section, which sells upcycled, re-covered furnishings all made in-house. New additions get added weekly, but sold-out inventory also stays on the site to archive past collections. And the best part? Items deliver free to Omaha, Lincoln, or Kansas City, plus the rest of the country if they weigh less than 20 pounds. Anything heavier can still ship outside the area, just with a freight delivery fee.
Thrift and consignment store hybrid House of Bargains Las Vegas declares itself one of the “best bargain deals in town.” Their affordable secondhand furniture specifically packs the most notable punch: Here, one can easily score a set of four high-quality dining chairs for $50, or an ornate used coffee table for $180. I even came across an excellent-condition Schwinn Clairmont Beach Cruiser from their Facebook page. Reviewers also rave about the location’s friendly customer service, which coincides with the store’s goal to “make you feel like family.”
If you’re ever in the Bedford area, make a point to visit The Consignment Gallery, New Hampshire’s largest consignment shop. Native Vicki Reynolds, a pioneer in the community’s resale movement, originally founded the establishment in 1987 with her husband, Frank. More than three decades later, current owners Ryan and Ashley Reynolds — plus their two furry sales associates — have upheld her sustainable legacy via their 12,000-square-foot solar-powered retail space. The spot’s well-revered for accepting the highest-quality pre-owned pieces, which the team fairly prices and arranges into design-savvy displays.
Danish teak hutches, retro bar carts, and (printed!) Eames-style loungers await you at the epically-curated Flux Modern — an absolute gold mine for vintage furniture connoisseurs and beloved by AT’s executive home director. Owned by husband-and-wife duo Drew and Danielle Levinson, the Asbury Park location resembles more “Mad Men” set than store, hitting on just about every mid-century modern staple imaginable. Their reach extends beyond the Jersey area, too, with shoppable Instagram inventory that also delivers to nearby New York City and Philly. The collection’s constantly “in Flux,” though, so not every available piece makes it online (hint: check out the store IRL).
Fun fact: Santa Fe consignment store Double Take functions out of the first Coca Cola plant. Equally as fun? The varied in-store offerings — you’re just as likely to secure a one-of-a-kind piece of Native American art as you are a decorative table lamp. The southwestern destination, which has been merging “retail with resale” for 35 years, also has an equally on-point pottery selection. Local Santa Fe Pottery joined the Double Take portfolio in 2005, alongside a handful of other nationally-recognized artists. It’s all designed with functionality in mind, meaning your hunt for unique baking dishes and bowls ends here.
After meeting at the Brooklyn Flea market, a group of five vendors teamed up in 2018 to establish Dobbin Street Vintage Co-op (one of my very own favorites, along with several AT staffers). A true collective, its founders all share equal ownership and management of both vintage store locations: one in Williamsburg, another in Greenpoint. That means quintuple the inventory, with new merchandise rolling in on an almost daily basis — some of which gets shared (and directly purchased) via their 82,800-follower Instagram page. “Our goal is (and always has been) to offer budget friendly vintage pieces in a casual and ever changing environment, and we consider ourselves very lucky to have such an active following both in store and on Instagram,” adds Courtney, one co-owner.
Raleigh’s first mid-century modern shop, Father and Son Antiques has been buying and selling vintage furniture, clothing, and records since 1997. Pay a visit to the Warehouse District location and you can potentially walk out with a new teak vanity, walnut credenza, and/or rattan rocking chair, just to note a few highly sought-after highlights. And although the vintage store specializes in furnishings from the 1950’s-1970’s specifically, there’s plenty to appease any ’80s Memphis-style design fans, as well. Overall, the selection’s equal parts kitschy and cool, blending Dr. Pepper-shaped radios and old-school Rolling Stones/Budweiser cutouts with stylish secondhand Danish decor and original abstract artwork created by the store’s founder.
In 2014, Mysti Marie bought the historical Reeves building — a former consignment store — in Beach, North Dakota and established mNm Mercantile. Since then, she’s worked hard to preserve the building and grow an affordable community thrift shop, even renovating the entire space into booths for rent. “Currently I have over 36 vendors (still growing), and have everything in the store from antiques and vintage items to collectibles, handmade items, soap, candles, t-shirts and still take donations for people,” explains Marie. She also stays on the lookout for auctions and unique recyclable pieces. That’s largely what you’ll find in the store’s basement “DIY” area that’s dedicated to salvaged windows, old doors, headboards, and more.
Of all 50 states, Ohio saw the most reader recommendations hands-down. One spot in Akron unanimously tallied the majority vote, though: The Bomb Shelter. Described by one nominee via Facebook as the equivalent of “walking into a giant time capsule,” this retro thrift store has been preserving vintage pieces for resale since 2011. The building itself resembles a bunker frozen in mid-century time, filled with movie-set-worthy vinyl records, apparel, and furniture from 1950-1980 (giant green sea creature statue and all). In addition to treasures like an Elvis table lamp or orange Malm-style fireplace, there’s also a surprising assemblage of old-school garage memorabilia (oil cans, hubcaps, etc.), hardware, and cameras. True to form, they’ve even got you covered with bygone Civil Defense supplies.
FaithWorks of the Inner City, an Oklahoma City nonprofit dedicated to supporting inner-city children and their families, established a thrift store extension in 2013. Dubbed the Shidler-Wheeler Community Thrift Store, the “re-sale project” partners with the local Shidler Elementary School to raise funds for the community-focused organization. The shop, in turn, establishes job opportunities for local teenagers and adults. Furniture, household, appliances, and toy donations are all accepted, plus inspected before getting debuted in the showroom. Tune into their Facebook page for the most up-to-date inventory updates and potential sale announcements.
Village Merchants calls itself as Portland’s “friendly, neighborhood resale shop.” Open daily from 11-6, the location promotes the buying, selling, and trading of unwanted goods for reuse. Whether you’re itching to explore their varied, well-priced in-store selection or to give some of your own furnishings a new home, they make it easy to keep up the circuital, sustainable shopping cycle. Local artists get a spotlight, too, with Village Merchants offering to consign any original, handmade pieces. Moral of the story, expect the unexpected here.
Ever wondered where you could find a 1962 Barbie case, vintage brass eagle bookends, and an antique dress form, all under one roof? Enter Philly AIDS Thrift, a Philadelphia non-profit business with a mission to “sell the lovely, useful, interesting, amusing, and sometimes mysterious items” in their store while benefiting the fight against HIV/AIDS. Supported by community donations and volunteers, the thrift shop distributes its proceeds to local HIV service organizations — most frequently the AIDS Fund — and even recently established their own annual special grants program. To date, they’ve raised over $3 million in donations.
Lucky for anyone in the Pawtucket area, Rhode Island Antiques Mall stays open 362 days a year. Yep, they’re only closed only on July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. It’s founded by Rae and Scott Davis, who went antiquing on their first date in 1983 and the rest, as they say, was history. Since 2007, the spot’s perfected a happy medium between feeling “not too flea-markety,” and “not too hoity-toity,” per their website, with over 200 carefully-selected local vendors — including professional estate liquidators and hundreds of nearby consignors. Conveniently located off the I-95, it’s a wealth of secondhand wonders (timeless, modern, and everything in between) for any budget.
Formerly The Island Bazaar, upscale vintage store Warehouse 61 is the recent merging of two Charleston design minds: Joanna White and Paul Harris. The pair knew they could “bring about a unique design and shopping experience” with their newly-opened spot, which carries “anything finely curated,” says Harris. Headquartered in — you guessed it — a local warehouse, the 10,000-square-foot space checks all the boxes with stylish secondhand art, antiques, textiles, and coveted 20th century furnishings (a moment of recognition for this 1960s Shigeru Uchida chair).
Family-owned business Urban Archaeology takes sourcing secondhand items very seriously, whether that’s by “climbing through abandoned buildings, scouring neighborhood rummages, or keeping it cool on the auction floor,” the store’s website notes. These decades-long searching efforts have more than paid off, as seen in their downtown Sioux Falls brick-and-mortar location where once-discarded fixtures get a second shelf life. Here, swoon-worthy vintage furniture and housewares are abundant, but their extensive mid-century modern art collection deserves equal recognition.
You know Savant Vintage is good if it’s managed to lure in the likes of Taylor Swift, Jack White, and Lenny Kravitz. Conveniently located in Nashville’s bustling 12South neighborhood, the celebrity-approved destination reigns supreme in its vintage clothing and home picks. Harley-Davidson tees meet printed throw pillows, and an elk antler chandelier peeks out over fringed jackets. The store selections — which skew slightly Americana and western-inspired — sometimes spill out into the front parking lot area, too, so it’s practically inexcusable to not stop and browse.
Reader recommendation Ross at Peak Thrift Shop in Dallas has you covered for your next big interior conversation piece — whether it’s brightly-colored accent chairs, cool retro dining sets, vintage desks, or the many more recycled entities you never knew your home had been missing. The shop focuses primarily on furniture, but you’ll see some smaller used knickknacks and accents scattered floor to ceiling, too. Since May 2020, it’s also been operating out of a new, very well-stocked storefront with more accessible parking options for easily transporting any need-to-buys.
Utah nonprofit Somebody’s Attic posits itself as “a secondhand store with a first rate cause.” That ethos shows in the donations-based thrift boutique’s philanthropic business model, which funnels 100 percent of its net revenues to two local abuse-prevention organizations — Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse (CAPSA) and The Family Place. Last year alone, the locations in both downtown Logan and Smithfield raised $150,000. Sift through a selection of discounted gently-used clothing and home goods, or shop monthly silent auctions on “special and unique items,” which you can view from the storefront windows and bid on inside.
Rooted in sustainability, Haven stocks strictly vintage furniture and housewares as an alternative to mass manufacturing. “I’m doing my best to create a shop where people will feel confident they can find something to fill their space that is sourced in a more environmentally sound way,” explains founder Maggie Gray, an avid thrifter herself. That’s reflected in the St. Johnsbury-based store, filled with beautiful design-forward pieces aplenty, but also in the reasonable product pricing. As a solution to keep costs low and more attainable, Gray implemented a voluntary “tipping” option at checkout so anyone can pay a slightly higher price point — but only if they have the desire or means. Pro tip: check out Haven’s e-commerce platform, too, for a firsthand look at the very cool offerings (we’re talking a $60 cane Cesca chair!), some available to ship. Oh, and the business is dedicated to using low-waste, eco-friendly packaging wherever possible.
Family-operated business Circa in Charlottesville has “about 10,000 square feet of space filled to the brim with an eclectic mix of antiques, vintage, retro, and some just plain weird stuff,” explains Robin Slaats, daughter of founder Jackie Binder. The store employs a close-knit team of trained buyers, who handpick the ever-changing inventory via auctions or locals looking to sell. Quality’s also a major priority, with a “Circa Standard” in place to clean and repair each piece as necessary before it hits the showroom. Turnover’s fast, but new items pop up daily and attract anyone from “young, hip millennials to little old ladies who lunch,” adds Slaats.
Deemed the #1 largest consignment store in Seattle, Ballard Consignment lives up to its rank with 30,000 square feet of like-new home treasures. The shop offers consignment on pieces both big and small, but with an impressively of-the-moment inventory. Think used boucle seating, faux cowhide pillows, and modern coffee table silhouettes — some even stemming from high-end retailers like CB2 or West Elm, but at a reduced price. There’s a bit of old-school mixed in, too, via unique wall art, tchotchkes, and barware.
Unique Consignment in Morgantown, West Virginia, abides by the tagline “price is a minimum; quality is a maximum; and style is a must.” This high-end consignment store also vows to never show “the same store twice,” devoted an ever-changing supply and new daily items. Above all, it’s a redecorator’s paradise for perusing gently-used furniture and accessories in stellar condition and price ranges. On the other hand, they make it easy to consign your own no-longer-needed home pieces, as well. Oh, and I’d be completely remiss not to mention the official mascot and well-trained salesdog, Thumper, whose friendly face might make an appearance during your visit to the 3,500-square-foot space (major incentive, no?).
What do you get when you combine 30,000 square feet, 125 vendors, and 22,873 different antique items? Odana Antiques & Fine Arts in Madison, a favorite of Apartment Therapy’s projects director, Megan Baker, for its particularly all-over-the-place style. Seriously, they’ve got old postcards, tulip tables, wrought-iron music stands, 1930s toy horses, holiday decorations — the list goes on and on. The 16-year-old store covers just about all the major style players, from mid-century modern to art deco to Victorian to shabby-chic. It also takes pride in its frequent front display switch-ups, where you’re prone to come across a sea-themed vignette one month and a funky furniture setup the next.
With decades of vintage hunting under her belt, expert thrifter Connie Quick founded Ruby’s on Grand in historic downtown Laramie, Wyoming. Her sunny storefront houses findings from across the American west, specifically fibers, kitchenware, and — naturally — all things western. It’s an artfully-displayed tribute to cowboy styles, retro glassware, reclaimed vintage tins, and unique art, among many others. Oh, and plants. Lots and lots of plants.
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