People go thrift store shopping for all sorts of reasons. I enjoy seeing what great items I can find, and love comparing them to how much I would have spent if I’d bought the items elsewhere. My favorite items are purses. In the last few months I’ve gotten two coach bags, a Gucci, a Tommy Hilfiger, and a Douney & Bourke (all in good condition) and don’t think I’ve spent $100. Crazy, but it is true. It took some searching, and along the way I found the best spots for various items.
As a college kid, being able to furnish an apartment for next to no money is important, but I’ve also learned where the kind of furniture my parents would put in the house can be found.
Salvation Army off of Steve Reynolds Blvd- This prices are not the cheapest, but this is by far the place with the highest quality furniture. They nearly have a show room of furniture, and I have never seen any furniture with less than pristine quality. They usually even have matching sets
Margins Thrift Mall Snellville GA- This place is enormous, and they are definitely all about the community. This place plays host to a community theater. They have a huge selection. There is not often the perfect matching sets you see in other locations, but they have a vast variety of different items with plenty of furniture and decent prices.
I love buying bicycles from thrift stores to help kids in need. They don’t know or care more often than not whether or not its new, and I don’t have much money myself, so it helps me stretch the money I have to donate a little further.
St. Vincent De Paul’s on 29- This place has limited hours, but the prices are unbeatable, and they nearly always have bikes. They have other items, but more often than not I’ve found bicycles and sports equipment are the best buys from this little place.
Normally the electronics you find at thrift stores are ancient, but there are some places where you can get items that aren’t at home in a museum.
Park Avenue Thrift on 29- Recently there was a very nice laptop that came through for a decent price. There is no guarantee that you will find something that nice, but I’ve found things like that more often at this place than others.
I hate to say it but often when I am trying to buy clothes, I end up looking through racks upon racks of clothing that my grandmother would wear. That being said, it’s really important to know the best places to shop.
Goodwill on 29 in Lilburn- This place has a ton of clothes, as long as you are willing to patiently look through the racks. There really are some good finds here.
Salvation Army off of Steve Reynolds- This place has the largest selection of clothing out of any of the thrift stores I shop. They also run some really good sales.
Any thrift store is worth a look, because you never know what you are going to run across. Just remember, if you set it down, it is very liable to not be there when you get back. Happy hunting!