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For bargain hunters, travel opens up a whole new world of trash-to-treasure finds. Enter America’s best thrift stores. In honor of National Thrift Shop Day on Aug. 17, here’s a roundup of tag-poppin’ places that are destinations unto themselves.

The vibrant, pink exterior of Community Thrift in San Francisco, one of the best thrift stores in America.

Photo: Pink Panorama, Community Thrift | Orin Zebest, Flickr CC

Community Thrift Store; San Francisco, CA

The muraled exterior, exposed wood beams and brick walls inside give this place the feel of a funky vintage store. But the shoes, furniture and home decor items are all priced to move. Proceeds go to the store’s more than 200 charity partners, so hit the monthly 50 percent off sales to benefit both your wallet and some good causes.

Unclaimed Baggage Center; Scottsboro, AL

What happens to lost suitcases at the airport? They end up at thismega-store that’s become one of Alabama’s most popular tourist attractions. Browse orphaned cothes, left-behind laptops, forgotten books and more—not to mention the luggage they came in. And just like at the real airport, there’s a cafe that serves Starbucks coffee and Dippin’ Dots ice cream. No TSA security screening required.

AuH2O Thriftique; New York, NY

Owner Kate Goldwater (get it?) curates a collection of secondhand women’s clothing, shoes and accessories, so shoppers can get to the good stuff without sifting through a bunch of clutter. Items are priced to move, with most under $25 and permanent $5 and $10 racks. Also check out the antique jewelry, at thrift shop—not “vintage”—prices.

It’s a Wrap; Los Angeles, CA

Own a piece of Hollywood when you buy wardrobe items and props that were used on TV and movie sets. (Signs even tell you where to catch your new purchase on the big or small screen.) At both the Burbank and Westside locations, there’s a good selection of designer duds, plus brands you’ll see at the mall, all marked 35 to 95 percent off retail prices. Check the sidewalk, center aisle and back of the store for steals starting at just $1.

Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique; Miami, FL

What’s more satisfying than scoring an awesome vintage piece for next to nothing? Knowing that the money goes to a worthy cause. This thrift shop in Miami’s artsy Wynwood neighborhood sells everything from clothes and furniture, to coffee and pastries (these, naturally, are not vintage)—all benefitting the women and teens who help run the place. So go aheadand order a cafe cubano with that designer purse.

Odds and Ends Thrift Store; Las Vegas, NV

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay in Vegas—not at these prices. Tools, comic books, refrigerators, posters… even the occasional retired slot machine, making this a jewel among the country’s best thrift stores. Spend a few hours trolling for treasure in this chockfull store, and you’re sure to hit the jackpot.

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One thought on “Shop talk: 6 of the best thrift stores in America”

  1. I know this is 4 years old, but come on, Community Thrift in SF? It seems like the author chose some of the TRENDIEST and most expensive second hand stores in the U.S., not the best. Thrift stores are supposed to be thrifty, not just secondhand. But I guess I’m glad- posts like this point people who don’t know any better away from the really good finds, providing people like me with better bargains at the actually good stores!

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