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Find a thrift store near you for bargains.

There are a number of low cost or cheap thrift stores that can help people save money. All sorts of stuff will be sold, including clothes, furniture, appliances, vintage items, electronics and more. Many charities, including Saint Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army and even churches will often have a local thrift store for bargain hunters. There are also very low priced online thrift stores. Find details on affordable, cheap thrift stores near you below including from non-profits as well as charity organizations.

About 15% of Americans currently save money by shopping for a deal at the local thrift store near them. While the exact amount of money they save will vary based on many factors (as noted below) the average savings on products over shopping at major retailers tend to range from about 50 to 80%.

Thrift stores are available in almost every town, city, and county. They may go by different names as well, such as clothing closets, secondhand or consignment shops or Family Stores. They can be “general” stores or some may specialize in selling certain items, as that can include specialty clothing or furniture thrift stores located. Many are based at nearby Salvation Army centers, and they are called “Family Stores. Or try churches, Catholic Charities, Saint Vincent de Paul locations, Goodwill, Hospice and many other groups for high quality, yet cheap stuff.

There are thousands of locations run by hundreds of regional and national charities. Many goods are sold, even including appliances, refurbished computers or laptops and other high priced goods. Nearby thrift stores they also provide volunteer or part time-employment opportunities to the public, including veterans.

Total savings expected at thrift stores

The exact savings families will find at a nearby thrift store location can be as high as 50 to 80%. While savings vary, the initial discount at a thrift store (second hand store) is generally around 50%. The big difference of course is that a community thrift store will have gently used items. However they will only sell those goods that are in decent shape and that have been approved by staff. This is known as a “gently used product”.

Everything for sale is not only in decent shape, but it is donated too. Some charities, such as the Salvation Army as well as Goodwill, will often have a team of mostly volunteers that will stop by a family's house to pick up any items they want to donate. Other charities such as St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores, also give free items in a crisis, including clothes for work. They will also inspect the items to be sold to ensure they meet quality guidelines.

 

 

 

Thrift stores will help families, kids, seniors and others save money. As noted, the savings may start at around 50% off, then increase from there. The key factor here is how long it takes to sale the item. For those goods that go unsold, the thrift store will usually mark it down another 10 to 20% every 30 days. So if an article of clothing is still available in a month, the total savings on that item may be 60%. Then for every 30 days after the total discount provided will increase more and more. So the longer things go unsold, the more money households can save.

This is why persistence on the shopper looking for bargains pays off. If they need some clothes or maybe some vintage goods, they can stop by the thrift store to shop there for cheaper, bargain items and great deals. Maybe it will be for sale at a price that is still outside their budget. But be persistent. Individuals need to stop by the consignment store again at some later date. Maybe in a couple weeks or a month, it will be much cheaper.

Types of items for sale at nearby thrift stores

Savings can be had on a number of goods. The secondhand thrift stores can sell electronics, clothing, books, clothes, back to school supplies, and more. In today's day and age, it is even possible for people to find used consumer electronic, such as tablets, computers or cell phones at a local non-profit thrift store. There are more specialty type thrift stores as well that provide great deals. These include the following.

  • Furniture thrift stores sell household stuff including beds, desks, couches, lights, kitchen tables, sofas, computers, dishes, kitchen appliances and more. Goodwill is often a great place for an affordable cheap thrift store that sells furniture.
     
  • Thrift stores focus on selling clothes or small household products. St. Vincent de Paul as well as Salvation Army Family Stores near you are a great option. Buy gently used jackets, shoes, pants, dresses, work clothes and other items at bargain prices. Locate a listing of national charities that will have thrift stores and offer other financial help.
     
  • Online type thrift stores exist for buyers and sellers too. There are places to sell (or buy) clothes, furniture, dresses, and countless other products. Find a list of marketplaces for selling stuff. Or of course you can go to them as well to buy items.
     
  • Sell items to an online thrift store as well. There are also other websites for selling or buying electronics, as that can be a source of extra money or savings for a family.
     
  • Veteran thrift stores will sell items but in general use the proceeds to provide either (1) financial help to the veterans or (2) free items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The discounts are experienced by many different families. The 15% of shoppers to a consignment store make up people from all walks of life. There are of course low income families, but also middle income households also shop at thrift stores for great deals. Many families are seeking low cost or even free school supplies for their children. Other shoppers at local second hand stores just live on a limited budget.

Locations of low cost thrift stores near you

Select a state, city, or county near you below for locations of a low cost thrift store. As noted, the locations may go by different names, such as Family Stores at the Salvation Army. Another major, national charity that will almost always have a thrift store on site is a Society of Saint Vincent de Paul near you. All stores allow anyone to shop, regardless of age, race, faith, gender, or ethnicity.

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Find bargains at thrift stores

Stop by one of these affordable local thrift stores to find great discounts or (rarely) free items near you. The money that shoppers spend at them goes to a good cause in helping to keep many of these charities up and running. There are also many other ways to save money, whether on food, clothes, transportation or anything. Find how low income families can save money.

While the inventory at a thrift stores will vary based on donations, and even the best locations will be “hit or miss” for shoppers, all locations will help you save money. Anyone seeking a bargain will find high quality, yet affordable items at a thrift store near where they live.

 

By Jon McNamara

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