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Best thrift store

The volunteers (aka the "Red Apron Chicks") gathered around the counter at Attic Treasures, a thrift store run by the Assistance League of Atlanta and your pick for best thrift store.

The volunteers (aka the "Red Apron Chicks") gathered around the counter at Attic Treasures, a thrift store run by the Assistance League of Atlanta and your pick for best thrift store.

YOUR PICKS

1. Attic Treasures/Assistance League of Atlanta (Chamblee)
You say, “Attic Treasures Thrift Store in Chamblee is the best kept secret around. Friendly volunteer staff, great merchandise, and weekly special sales. All proceeds go back into the community – to help children and adults in need.”
2. Value Village (many locations)
3. Goodwill (many locations)
4. Cherokee County Humane Society Thrift Store (Acworth)
5. America’s Thrift Store (Marietta and Riverdale)

You can fill up your cart for modest amount of cash at Value Village, as Rebeccah Karanja did on one of the shop's bargain days back in 2008.

You can fill up your cart for modest amount of cash at Value Village, as Rebeccah Karanja did on one of the shop's bargain days back in 2008.

OUR PICKS

1. Value Village
The AJC’s Atlanta Bargain Hunter Lauren Davidson says, “Value Village, which has locations all over Atlanta, is exactly what a thrift store should be. Not only are the prices the cheapest, but the regular sales mean even shopping for furniture and jewelry can be a pleasure. Walk in at the right time and you can score expensive vintage clothing and accessories for pocket change. Who doesn’t love that?”

2. Goodwill (Dunwoody)
3. Attic Treasures (Chamblee)
4. Last Chance Thrift Store (Decatur)
5. Bargain City (Roswell)

170 comments Add your comment

Thrift Store Junky

January 31st, 2011
12:23 pm

I’m a Thrift Store Junky for sure, when I score, it has a profound affect on my being and I’m hooked. There are many good ones, but it seems like one has the best clothes, one has the best furniture or the best housewares. And the location is not that important either. Even though it’s been kinda slow these days, I have scored legiondary finds, how appropriate, at THE STEP UP SOCIETY on Monroe and Ponce. Rumor has it one patron scored a painting and sold it for $25,000.00!! LOVE IT!!

Becky

January 31st, 2011
2:46 pm

Value Village thrift stores are the best that I have found..Can’t stnad the Goodwill stores..They are way over priced for a lot of stuff and they will not change a price for you..Might have to try the Step Up Society mentioned by the first poster..

Waldo

January 31st, 2011
3:36 pm

Smyrna Thrift Store

Trapper Keeper

January 31st, 2011
4:35 pm

Bob and Arthur’s in EAV. I have gotten some amazing t-shirts there, also a great collection of old cook books!

Dave

January 31st, 2011
5:20 pm

America’s Thrift Store on Canton Hwy. in Marietta. If you are looking for clothes, they generally have a great collection, and actually sort by size instead of color. They don’t try to rip you off on used goods like Goodwill does. And the best part is, if children are running around the store out of control, the manager will actually get on the intercom and chew out the failing parents.

Mark

January 31st, 2011
7:05 pm

value village definitely!

Smiles

January 31st, 2011
7:08 pm

Definitely Bob and Arthur’s in East Atlanta Village. Not a huge store but all the stuff is top notch. Bob is like a modern day treasure hunter and Arthur has a playful curiosity that is so much fun! A real treasure.

Wanda I. Speer

February 1st, 2011
7:36 am

THRIFT DEPOT in Conyers GA. Store is huge and always have things to find. Owners are three of them and they are wonderful to work with.

Jose Perez

February 1st, 2011
7:36 am

I have been in all the stores already mentioned. They all have their own good things and bad. But the top of the line has to be Value Village. They don’t overcharge and have a great merchandise.

Thrifty Mama

February 1st, 2011
7:52 am

Dollar Thrift run by Liberty Church on Sandy Plains Road just past Sprayberry High School behind the Burger King.

Other Favs: Wellspring located on Barrett Pkwy – just got started, but it is great.

The BEST – the Jr. Leaque Thrift Store that’s on Howell Mill. That place ROCKS!

Andrew

February 1st, 2011
7:55 am

For the best selection and quality at the best prices it has to be one of the 12 Value Villages in and around the ATL

jpoore

February 1st, 2011
7:56 am

You fools!!! Once the word is out your best store won’t be great anymore!

Tim Monteith

February 1st, 2011
8:07 am

The Step Up Society is the best. Sometimes great furniture. Merchandise moves fast, some items overpriced, but many underpriced. I bought a lovely crystal Steuben eagle there last year for $3.99. Steuben sells that same eagle on their website for $1,000. Best deal ever!

Elizabeth

February 1st, 2011
8:07 am

Out of all of the thrift stores I’ve been to in ATL, the best would have to Value Village! And they have so many locations to choose from!!!

Theresa

February 1st, 2011
8:12 am

I agree that America’s Thrift Store and Value Village are the best thrift stores. They have reasonable prices and decent items for sale. I also agree that Goodwill is a rip-off. They charge too much. I think they charge almost $7 for a woman’s shirt, even t-shirts. I can find brand new tops for that much on sale at places like Target.

Jessica

February 1st, 2011
8:13 am

I shop a whole lot of thrift stores and I have to say for a great selection having four children, Value Village definitely gets my vote. I’ve been in Goodwill stores and I’ve got to dig and nothing is clearly marked. I feel if anyone wants great prices in an ORGANIZED environment I would strongly suggest Value Village! Let’s not for get that once a month sale they have where just about about everything is HALF OFF!! I mean WOW half off the already well priced merchandise, you just can’t go wrong!!

Sandy

February 1st, 2011
8:15 am

The best thrift store is Value Village, especially the one in Riverdale. I find new items all the time for $2.29-$4.59. That store in particular is the lowest priced one of all the Value Villages, I think it’s because of the income of the area, but I don’t care. I drive over 20 miles to go to that store.
My family always ask where do I get my clothing, and when I tell them, they don’t believe me. I don’t think that it’s a secret anymore though, as when I look a the tags in the parking lot, it’s from all over metro Atlanta. Great place for a real deal, or should I say steal.

Smith

February 1st, 2011
8:17 am

VALUE VILLAGE!

Carol Jordan

February 1st, 2011
8:18 am

OMG! A thrift store that actually sorts by size!

Sue

February 1st, 2011
8:18 am

I don’t care for a thrift with all clothes, I don’t buy them but Clothes Less Traveled” on HWY 74 in Peachtree City has an equal mix of everything. It’s so big that it’s in a warehouse and everything is sorted and put in the section it goes in, appliances, furniture, books and music, clothing, toys, etc.

misssteward

February 1st, 2011
8:23 am

Well I shop at Thrift Stores. Honestly, Goodwill is where I have found my best name brand items for cheap. I agree Goodwill could do better with their pricing but I have found Michael Kors, Guess, Banana Republic, Jos. A Bank and many other name brands sometime at half off of the Goodwill price so that is like pennies on the original price. My favorite thrift store is The Bargin Shop on Main Street in East Point. It isn’t the merchandise but the vibe of thirft shopping.

David

February 1st, 2011
8:24 am

Hey Folks, Please lighten up on the Goodwill bash. There mission is to help people earn a living, improve their lives, and strengthen their families and their communities, not to be the cheapest thrift store in town. That extra buck or two is going to a good cause, not just padding someone’s pockets.

Nana

February 1st, 2011
8:26 am

Assistance Leage of Atlanta, best kept secret in town, accross the street from the Chamblee Post Office.A real community service..everything is donated including the workers time…profits go back into community outreach projects.Now that the word is out, check them out.Open Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 andThursday til 7:00PM.

D.O.

February 1st, 2011
8:33 am

There’s a NEW thrift store in Avondale Estates that gives a portion of their net proceeds to four non-profit organizations that have missions that involve rescuing animals.
‘Second Life’ is on North Clarendon Ave. It’s a bit more upscale than a Value Village. They also accept donations and volunteers to help out.

nora

February 1st, 2011
8:34 am

Goodwill might charge a little more for their merchandise, but they are clean and organized. (I like to look at the racks with the clothing sorted by colors and the rainbow effect!) American’s Thrift on Canton Hwy has rock bottom prices and some good finds tucked in there. But they have more actual GARBAGE on their shelves. Stuff like plastic cups from fast food restaurants. (really!) Goodwill has a slightly higher standard for their merchandise I think. Just depends on what you’re looking for, I guess.

Kim

February 1st, 2011
8:39 am

I used to be a Value Village junkie until I went to the Goodwill Store. Value Village might be slightly cheaper but their stuff is usually junk or overly worn/outdated. I scored a pair of like new softball cleats for my daughter just last week at our Goodwill for $2.60.
I won’t tell you where my Goodwill is because I WANT to keep it a secret :)

TNT

February 1st, 2011
8:41 am

I love Goodwill. I am actually wearing a Brooks Brothers dress shirt I bought @ Goodwill. 4-5 dollars for Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, Jos A Banks, Lacoste, and J Crew is not over priced!! Try shopping at these stores @ Lenox!!!

p

February 1st, 2011
8:55 am

All the Value Village locations are great, but would also add the Goodwill Store locations in Buckhead and the two in Sandy Springs because of the quality of merchandise at a very cheap price.

FancyGirl

February 1st, 2011
9:03 am

Nearly New on Howell Mill! Clothes are donated by Junior League members, so high end items at great prices. Also, the store generates more than $1 mil in revenue that is ALL donated back to the community. I volunteer there, and last week saw a pair of Manolos for $20. And items are sorted by size AND color!

JD

February 1st, 2011
9:04 am

The absolute BEST place for thrifty shopping is Unclaimed baggage in Scotsboro Alabama! It’s a haul, but it is so worth the drive and gas.

Bob

February 1st, 2011
9:10 am

I go to a number of Value Villages and they are clean, the staff is friendly, and I always find something I like.

Tab

February 1st, 2011
9:15 am

The Step Up Society! As a previous poster pointed out, the merchandise moves very fast! I have scored some amazing antique furniture for less than $50, REI sleeping pads for 5$, and a Marc Jacob’s PanAm bag for $5. The Step Up Society isn’t clean and sparkly like a Goodwill but the treasures are worth it.

B Barnes

February 1st, 2011
9:20 am

BLESSINGS THRIFT STORE IS LOCATED IN MCDONOUGH GA AND ALWAYS WORTH THE TRIP. WE HAVE A WIDE VARIETY OF CLOTHES AND ITEMS THAT ARE PRICED AFFORDABLY AND ALL THE PROCEEDS GO TO ASSIST WOMEN AND CHILDREN THAT COME TO US WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ISSUES. WE ARE OPEN TUES THRU SAT 9 TIL 4.

VM

February 1st, 2011
9:24 am

Value Village is the best in town. Lot’s of interesting finds, plus the stores are kept clean and organized.

Thrifty Thrifter

February 1st, 2011
9:33 am

Absolutely love the Value Village! I shop quite a few of them, but find most of my “finds” at the one on Memorial Drive. LOVE LOVE LOVE VALUE VILLAGE!

G. Dean

February 1st, 2011
9:35 am

Value Village, hands down! They have a Facebook page (Value Village Atlanta) to follow as well with items of interest posted regularly.

Tony

February 1st, 2011
9:37 am

Another vote for Value Village, clean stores and great prices!

satisfied customer

February 1st, 2011
9:40 am

VALUE VILLAGE! Is the clear winner,clean,huge selection,customer service,daily half price tags 50% off,quality for the low prices…..”A clear cut above the rest” and Goodwill Stores are way overpriced….clue : to the inexperienced shopper…everything’s quality is not the same price, at Goodwill they believe it is!! Every piece on the item rack is not 7.99 worth…And David (previous)…they are very much for profit and they do pay all their employees..probably well based on their pricing! Value Village is the clear winner for my buck…! I live in the Roswell/Marietta/Kennesaw area and access two of the VV.locations …only hope is that they put up more in this northern area of town!

Rudy T

February 1st, 2011
9:40 am

I have been to many all over Georgia, and while a few stand out the best is Bob and Arthur’s. It’s like going to Bloomingdale’s but paying for KMart. Plus they make some of the best hot apple cider on cold winter Saturday’s.

Jen

February 1st, 2011
9:42 am

Nearly New on Howell Mill

GBO

February 1st, 2011
9:43 am

If consignment stores count, then the absolute best is “Revive” in Woodstock. Great furntiture deals and most of it very high quality (plus is right beside a nicer Goodwill so if one doesn’t have what you are looking for then the other usually does).

Jeff

February 1st, 2011
9:43 am

Value Village is my favorite of all the thrift stores I shop. Love the half price sale at the end of the month. Crazy and packed with folks, but what deals!

Becky

February 1st, 2011
9:45 am

Not really trying to bash the Goodwill stores..I just think that if they are hiring to help people,they should at least hire friendly people..I usually shop at Value Village and Goodwill and I have found some really good bargains at both places, it’s just that they Value Village has nice employees..

Arthur Blank

February 1st, 2011
9:47 am

Neiman Marcus

TNT

February 1st, 2011
9:53 am

Forgot to mention the Hermes-Paris ties I have found at Goodwill for $2.60. My coworkers just think I spend a lot of money on clothes!! Keeping my Goodwill location a secret as well. Also, the employees are super nice.

Penny Pincher

February 1st, 2011
9:57 am

I am on a fixed income and have limited transportation, but make my weekly visits to Value Village and always find a bargain. I love getting deals on the clothes I get, like most of us, finding that deal gives us a natural high!

Sam

February 1st, 2011
10:00 am

Value Village is the best thrift store in Atlanta hands down! What sets them apart from all the other thrift stores, other than price, would be the bright clean environment! They always have a huge selection of merchandise and a large portion of it is brand new! They sell brand new furniture, the same things they sell at Haverty’s and Big Lots, for a fraction of the price! If you’re really looking for a bargain, then you need to shop Value Village on the last Wednesday of every month for their giant sale on already low prices! As if it couldn’t get any better, the clothing that has been out for a week are marked down 50% as well! How could you go wrong in any of their multiple locations??

Several of the bug name thrift stores are for good causes and Value Village is definitely one of them! They work with the American Kidney Fund! I noticed that they recently got a Facebook too so you can see what unique items are at what store!

I could go on for days about how much I love these stores, but I think my vote is clear: VALUE VILLAGE RULES!

Rose

February 1st, 2011
10:04 am

I agree that VALUE VILLAGE is the best thrift store to go to. I have been shopping thrift stores for a long time and when i visited the VALUE VILLAGE on Cobb Pkwy in Marietta, I was BLOWN AWAY! The customer service they provided was excellent, the store is beautiful, clean, organized, great prices and over all the experience was so great that i have been shopping their for the last 6 years. They have NEW Furniture at a very low price. I was shopping for a bedroom set for my daughter and found that it was very expensive at regular furniture stores like rooms to go, ashley furniture so I went to the Value Village on Cobb Pkwy and found the same bedroom set for more then $300 cheaper then big lots, ashley furnitures and other furniture stores. Thanks to Value Village for saving me money!

sara

February 1st, 2011
10:13 am

Value Village,is where you get value as the name suggests at a low price .And when at work I get compliments in bunches on my attire….i smile,thank them,but don’t tell my co-workers where i go…..but sounds like the secret is already known….I wonder where they go???? VV.is the prize.

nick

February 1st, 2011
10:16 am

Value Village is the place when in Atlanta Metro-I live in Charloote and they have them their too and I love them!