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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

RICHIE

February 1st, 2011
10:36 am

customer service is great when i’m in town and prices are unbeatable,my friend,dm.there turned me on to this place 10years ago…and when in town biz or pleasure make sure me ,the wife, and kids all visit at least one time when in northwest atlanta. Value Village is the best…thx for letting me express.RP.

cory

February 1st, 2011
10:38 am

value village is my place when in marietta,great prices and people….

chad

February 1st, 2011
10:39 am

value village is the best for every reason!

Tony

February 1st, 2011
10:43 am

I think that Value Village is by far has the best Thrift Store around, not only for their great prices but for selection. Compared to Goodwill locations that look to be as large from the outside, Value Village has twice the square footage of selection on the inside.

And do your research, Goodwill gets government subsidies of 4 Million dollars a year, that’s our tax dollars, and they don’t hire the people they are supposed to be rehabilitating. There was a time when all of the stores were using employees in rehabilitation, but not any more. Maybe that’s why their prices are now so high!

bryan

February 1st, 2011
10:44 am

Goodwill overpriced…..Value Village because me and the fellas buy only quality! VV and Lets have it going on!

yogi from afar

February 1st, 2011
10:50 am

me and the wife wouldnt shop any other Thrift store,when in Atlanta,from ft.walton bch.fl and love the place for the value, yabba dabba doo Lets

sambo

February 1st, 2011
10:52 am

value village has my vote and my buck…..

Becky

February 1st, 2011
10:54 am

Tried looking up Bob and Arthurs, didn’t find it..Can someone please tell me how to get there from Smyrna or give me an address? If you can point me in the right direction, I would be soooo happy..Thanks…

Kelli

February 1st, 2011
10:56 am

Value Village is my all time favorite thrift store in the ATL. The housewares have insanely low prices I’ve and found some amazing vintage clothing too. I shop on the one on Moreland and must say the employees/managers are very friendly. Good will tried to charge 5.99 for a walmart brand t-shirt that had been marked down to 2.99!

paul

February 1st, 2011
10:57 am

Value Village by far.

Lance2

February 1st, 2011
10:59 am

Value Village is the place to go for value,sales,furniture,rare tresures,all in a clean ,well lit,friendly shopping experience. Your dollar stretches a long way compared to the competition. I’ve seen their facebook site valuevillageatlanta and sale flyers to help me when i am planning for my thrifting experience. i’ve found vv to be the best!

vicki

February 1st, 2011
11:05 am

i agree with most of the guys except most of value village stores are mostly female clothing, although for us ladies I can say that quality for pricing in the roswell area thrift store is the best for thrift store shopping….my vote ,ladies and ajc is for Value Village without a doubt!

Brett

February 1st, 2011
11:28 am

My vote is for Value Village by far. No other store has the same selection of, well, everything! I bought a practically new yamaha hdmi A/V receiver for only 20 bucks. If I had gone to best buy or another retail store, it would have been at least $500. Even on ebay they were still going for over $300. Value Village also tags all their mens pants with a size, making it so much easier to find what I’m looking for. The staff at my favorite one is really friendly, and it’s always great to talk to any of their managers. Value Village is awesome! (Especially the one in Forest Park, but don’t tell everyone!)

Happy Thrifter

February 1st, 2011
11:31 am

Value Village in Roswell is AWESOME! I scored some really nice jewelry for a few bucks and sold it on e-bay. You never know what you can find, and the store is always clean. So many thrift stores are really junk stores and are beyond dirty.

Kathryn

February 1st, 2011
11:50 am

Value Village is the BEST! Clean, well organized, and friendly staff!

Melissa Palease

February 1st, 2011
12:14 pm

There is Bob & Arthur’s and then there is everyone else. New York, DC, Dallas included! Bob & Arthur’s is the coolest thrift store I have ever been to.

Reno Georgian

February 1st, 2011
2:06 pm

Value Village. Obvi.

Jason

February 1st, 2011
2:10 pm

Value Village for sure is my vote!! Great selection and incredible prices!

Jaime

February 1st, 2011
2:30 pm

I think Value Village for sure. Goodwills have to much stuff that has holes or stains. The Value Village store has a lot of new things too.

Stephen

February 1st, 2011
3:30 pm

Hey the Value Villages always have great deals on new and used clothing and household items. I love shopping there, the people are so nice and you never know what you’ll find.

Cheryl

February 1st, 2011
5:56 pm

VALUE VILLAGE! Great prices and clean stores.

Ells

February 1st, 2011
7:07 pm

Liberty Thrift Store on Sandy Plains Road behind the Burger King. Most clothes are $1.oo, books 8 for a $1.00, great buys!

Tristen Coopersmith

February 1st, 2011
8:25 pm

I am not saying Value Village is not great, they are, but Bob and Arthur’s is the king of Atlanta. Bob is as sweet a man as I have ever met!

GwinnettBee75

February 1st, 2011
9:11 pm

Me and my mom have been to several in the Gwinnett area…I think our favs are: the Goodwill at Hamilton Mill in Dacula (or is that considered Buford?) We always find brand name clothes, gently worn or brand new NICE shoes and purses. Their housewares aren’t bad either. And it’s just a nice, clean store (it’s also pretty new). Other ones: Best Thrift Store on Spalding Dr in Norcross – nice stuff and the staff are very friendly, & the Salvation Army in Duluth across from Sams Club on Venture Dr.

Pam

February 1st, 2011
9:21 pm

I usually go to Goodwill due to the overabundance of them in my area. However, they play such a con game with their color of the week. The color changes Sunday (half price), and their employees are picking all that stuff off the shelves and racks so fast that you couldn’t get a deal if you wanted. Their prices have also been increasing steadily.

Betty

February 1st, 2011
9:39 pm

As with all thrift stores, it is hit or miss. But I always get a hit with Value Village! I may not find what I set out for – but I always come home with a find!

Sam Sheadle

February 1st, 2011
9:43 pm

Totally, Reeds Odds and Ends- just outside Athens. Proprietor sits in a rocking chair by a wood-burning furnace, smoking his pipe while you browse- Love it!!!

mb

February 1st, 2011
10:27 pm

St Vincent de Paul has nice Thrift stores. Most are somewhat small but carry a good selection from clothing to housewares to furniture. Prices are really cheap and the customer service is great. I found out the store employees are actually volunteers.

Renee

February 1st, 2011
10:28 pm

I agree with JD. Unclaimed Baggage in Scottsboro, Alabama is THE absolute BEST place for thrifty shopping. Many times you will score brand new stuff at half the retail price or less. I have found some amazing items there for such reasonable prices. And they have jewelry, too! Although, I’ve yet to figure out why anyone would pack a diamond ring in checked baggage…

pb

February 1st, 2011
11:07 pm

Wellspring Treasures on Barrett Parkway is a GREAT new store… I have found some awesome bargains on really nice furniture!

Annie R

February 1st, 2011
11:19 pm

Attic Treasures in Chamblee run by Assistance League of Atlanta, also the Furkids thrift store just moved to Norcross….both of them have great bargains for a great cause!

jordano

February 1st, 2011
11:22 pm

I really like Value Village. Most of their stuff is priced low and the clothes are uber-organized. I can scan the kids’ racks in a minute or two and get exactly what I need. Goodwill is mostly over-priced and their employees can be pretty rude. I get into my local Value Village about 5 times a week and the local Goodwill once every two weeks.

Thrift Sto' Ho

February 1st, 2011
11:25 pm

I LOVE the Goodwill in Woodstock on Hwy. 92 and have scored some mad deals there. They are clean and well organized, the staff is friendly, helpful and speaks English. I once found an Indiana Jones Stetson there and paid $2.62 for it – sold it on ebay for $50.00! Park Avenue Thrift on 92 and Bells Ferry is good for their 50% off coupons, but hardly any of their staff speaks English and there are some good clothes, but also is a lot of junk there-never any good furniture.

Mommyinbiz

February 1st, 2011
11:26 pm

The best for value for me is the Last Chance Thrift store in Decatur. Half priced Mondays allowed me to clothe three children for the school year for $100. Been going there for over10 years. They have alot of name brands that my children like. I buy mainly the name brands as well as T-shirts for my teenager. As with any thrift store you have to go there alot and will find some good deals. The baby clothes and childrens’ clothes are the best deals.

kelly

February 1st, 2011
11:37 pm

I absolutely agree that Value Village is the best. Their selection is consistently fantastic (even in other states). Has anyone checked out Park Ave Thrift? It’s my second choice, and I’ve purchased Coach, Ralph Lauren, Nine West, and Calvin Klein for less than $5/each several times. And if you spent $10 during the week, you can save more when you come back on Sunday. They also publish coupons and have a mailing list. Most of the stuff I’ve bought there had the original tag still on it! Goodwill depends on the area – I know of 2 that are really nasty (just walking in the door makes me wish for Lysol), but there are 3 others nearby that have stylish designer items from Michael Kors, Kenneth Cole, DKNY. Sorry, the locations are top secret! I won’t even mention the nasty ones because you’ll figure out where the good ones are.

Nicole

February 2nd, 2011
12:04 am

Great article, and I can’t wait to come back to Atlanta to do some serious shopping! I run Thrift Store Confidential, a site geared towards “rebuilding the economy, one savvy shopper at a time.” It’s a home-grown site for die-hard thrifters and second-hand virgins alike, and I’d appreciate any feedback for features you’d like to see. Trying to spread the good word!
Thanks again and all best,
Nicole
http://www.thriftstoreconfidential.com

nancy

February 2nd, 2011
12:21 am

Someone mentioned the second-hand store in Woodstock on Rt. 92 called Revive. I agree that it has a good mix of items including furniture, knicknacks, and clothing. Also, in the same shopping center is Restore, owned by the same non-profit group. Please do check it out. Prices are marked down according to a schedule and get lower as time goes by.

Re: Goodwill. I just moved here from out of state, and am not familiar yet with the area. I stopped at a Goodwill dropoff office on Rt. 92 late this afternoon near T J Maxx and Target. Had some clothing in my car that I wanted to donate. The young man in the store berated me because I wanted a receipt for tax purposes. He said to me, I donate things and never ask for a receipt. Just giving is reward enough. I had tried to pay the Goodwill store a compliment by mentioning to him that it was so convenient to have a dropoff office in the shopping center. He sneered at me, telling me that there were dropoff bins all over town. I said, Yes, I have seen them, but they do not provide a receipt for tax purposes. That is what set him off. He insinuated that I was a horrible person to want a receipt.
I agreed that I was, and walked out. Too bad he does not have any manners, and is belligerent and hostile to people who are just trying to help. Is there a Salvation Army donation center anyhere?

SLP

February 2nd, 2011
1:05 am

Last Chance Thrift Store on North Decatur Rd at Scott Ave in Decatur

Andrew

February 2nd, 2011
1:07 am

Goodwill hires Spanish people who do not speak English. Their motto is the money is ‘we are helping to put people to work’. Non-American, non-English speaking people. Nathan Deal is going to send all of Goodwill’s staff back to Mexico!

Carla Marie

February 2nd, 2011
2:14 am

STEP UP SOCIETY!!!!! no doubt a step up. great deals and awesome finds. gotta get there for best deals at opening time

Mary Bishop

February 2nd, 2011
4:39 am

W Treasures !! ~ Awesome new store ~ a really up-scale resale shop ~ lots of name brands ~ they just had their NEW GRAND OPENING in their new Kennesaw store ~ 425 Ernest Barrett Pkwy, Suite 4000, across from Town Center area next to Marshall’s / T J Maxx !!

HAPPY UPSCALE ~ RESALE SHOPPING ! a Must plast to go visit and shop and even 4 hrs of your time volunteering

Go check out this shop but 2 other shops in Atlanta area.
Duluth ~ 2785 Buford Hwy, Suite 103B ~ Duluth, GA 30066 770-623-3166
Peachtree City ~ 116 Peachtree East Shopping Center ~ Peachtree City 30269

Wellspring Treasures supports Wellspring Living who confront the issues of childhood sexual abuse and exploitation through treatment, education, and advocacy for girls and women.
They also maintain 3 SAFE homes at this time in the Atlanta area.
Their programs include:
Wellspring for Women: a residential recovery home for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Wellspring for Girls: A therapeutic and educational program for child victims of forced prostitution and human trafficking.
Redeemed Assessment Center: a safe place for women escaping situations while considering long-term recovery.

Ciska Harrelson

February 2nd, 2011
5:47 am

Wellspring treasures no doubt about it. 3 locations peachtree city, duluth, kennesaw. Best deal in ATL and Great value for the money also their cause is awesome.Check it out at http://www.wellspringliving.org

sunrise hwy

February 2nd, 2011
8:45 am

If you’re reading this Value Village, VHS movies shouldn’t be $2.02–Goodwill sells them for $1.00. And your shoes are too expensive–again Goodwill has them for cheaper (especially kid shoes). You price a lot of the misc stuff too high. That’s why my VV has like 15 diaper bins for $4.00.

Blair clarkson

February 2nd, 2011
9:14 am

Bob & Arthur’s no contest

Tooth

February 2nd, 2011
9:16 am

I hesitate to say it because I don’t want all of Atlanta swarming in on them, but the best is Bob and Arthur’s.

Monique

February 2nd, 2011
9:47 am

Where’s good Vintage Finds?

Becky

February 2nd, 2011
10:22 am

Where is Bob and Arthurs?? Can someone please tell me?

Cindyt

February 2nd, 2011
10:35 am

There’s two I love in Buford. First, the Buford Thrift Shoppe on Wiley Drive. They have everything, and nothing is over priced. I’ve bought designer clothes and shoes for a couple of bucks. Second, the Goodwill store on Nelson Brogdon Boulevard. Okay, so they get higher prices for their stuff, but so what? I’d rather pay 5 or 6 bucks than a 100 for a pair of designer jeans.

Jessica

February 2nd, 2011
10:44 am

What about online thrifting on Krrb.com?

Tooth

February 2nd, 2011
1:58 pm

Bob and Arthur’s is right accross the street from Grant Central