10 Best Thrift Stores in the U.S.

You never know what gems you might uncover in a thrift store. Refurbished antiques, retro furniture, marked-down designer clothing—if you like treasure hunts, thrifting satisfies that thrill. Not only are thrift stores an incredible place to find hidden gems, many of them also donate to great causes like local charities. On top of that, shopping at thrift stores is a good practice of sustainability. You know what they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure! Find everything from mid-century modern homeware to costumes worn on real Hollywood movie sets at America's most amazing thrift stores. Here are our 10 favorites. 

It’s a Wrap, Los Angeles, CA

Ever wanted to get your hands on a piece of clothing that was worn on a real Hollywood set? Those are the kinds of treasures you'll find at It's a Wrap in Los Angeles. Walk inside and you'll see the walls are decorated with famous outfits worn by the likes of Michelle Pfeiffer, Sharon Stone, and John Travolta. They even have incredible props like the original mask and cape worn in the 1996 horror film "Scream." This is your chance to own a piece of TV and movie history. 

Unclaimed Baggage Center, Scottsboro, AL

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of that luggage that goes unclaimed? Well, a good amount of it can be found at Scottsboro's Unclaimed Baggage Center. From electronics and books to dresses and jackets, you never know what the airport is going to bring to this incredible thrift shop. Some of the most bizarre items they've ever found include a Versace gown, a $60,000 Platinum Rolex, an enormous tortoise shell, and a camera from a space shuttle (which was promptly returned to NASA). Come experience the wonder that is the Unclaimed Baggage Center. 

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Garment District, Cambridge, MA

Boasting more than 40,000 unique items in a 12,000-square-foot space, Garment District is both fashionable and affordable. This well-stocked shop changes with the seasons so you'll find all kinds of jackets, sweaters, and mittens in the winter and tank tops and cut-offs in the summer. If you want something high-end at a fair price, check out their designer department which includes brand names like Armani, Marc Jacobs, and Coach. 

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Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique, Miami, FL

This Miami thrift boutique is "where hope blossoms." Lotus House is dedicated to ending child and family homelessness. The thrift store benefits the Lotus House Women's Shelter, serving as a place for homeless women and children to purchase their basic clothing needs as well as household goods and furnishings. Lotus specializes in designer, vintage, new and gently-used goods. 

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Junkee Clothing Exchange, Reno, NV

"Let's get funkee at Junkee!" That's what the homepage of Junkee Clothing Exchange's website proudly proclaims. Not only can you find a variety of gently-used clothing, but they also sell gorgeous antiques and quirky costumes. Whether you're shopping for a masquerade ball or a Halloween party or you want to stock your house with repurposed furniture and antique dolls, Junkee has it all. 

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Beacon’s Closet, New York, NY

Chic, modern, affordably priced—Beacon's Closet is a thrift shopper's paradise. From vintage Wrangler tees to marked-down Nike sneakers to designer sunglasses, you can find top brands at great prices at Beacon's. Some of the items are even brand new with tags! And the store gives back. The store has donated over $80,000 to charities including Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Doctors Without Borders, GLAAD, and the World Wildlife Fund. 

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Village Merchants, Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon is no stranger to awesome thrift shops and Village Merchants is among the best in the city. The store was been devoted to its mission since its opened in 1998 and that's to "play an active part in the global efforts to reduce waste, recycle, and reuse, by being a valuable resource for the community," according to their website. Because remember: Not only are thrift stores cool places to find undiscovered gems, they're also sustainable! Get lost in this eclectic shop for a few hours. You never know what you might find. 

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Lula B’s, Dallas, TX

Lula B's has one of the most impressive varieties of antiques in the area. Shoppers will find anything from mid-century modern furniture to beautiful glassware. Make sure to browse their incredible selection of cowboy boots, if you're looking to add a little flair to your wardrobe. The selection here is seemingly endless so you'll want to devote several hours to Lula B's.  

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Community Thrift Store, San Francisco, CA

You can't miss the hot pink façade of Community Thrift Store in San Francisco. The store is a non-profit organization that works with more than 200 Bay area charities. Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Community Thrift sells everything from antique home décor to vintage jewelry. So whether you're decorating a new apartment or looking to add a new statement piece to your wardrobe, Community Thrift will hook you up. 

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Strange Cargo, Chicago, IL

Strange Cargo indeed! This Chicago thrift store specializes in all things t-shirts. Find shirts ranging from goofy message tees ("I'm with Stupid") to funny cartoons to Chicago sports gear. The shop even makes custom tees, where you can get shirts designed with custom lettering or a photo of your choice. If you're looking to expand your already-growing t-shirt collection, Strange Cargo is your place. 

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