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Thrift Stores in Charlotte

From Second Hand Couture to Fix-me-up Trinkets, There's an Array of Options

By Ivey Lawrence, About.com Charlotte Intern

Whether it meant waking up at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings to yard sale with my mom or taking the first weekend of each month to go to Metrolina Tradeshow Expo for the Collectibles and Antiques Show with my grandmother, finding inexpensive knick-knacks, clothes, furniture, etc. is my family’s specialty. The best part is, living in Charlotte, you are near to hundreds of consignment stores, thrift shops, antique barns and more. If you like to hunt for bargains or just trying to save-a-buck in this recession, the list below is a few of the places you can be thrifty in and around the Queen City.

1. Matthews Help Center

119 N. Ames St. Matthews, NC 28105

This quaint thrift shop offers a range of things from clothes of all sizes to kitchen appliances. Not only are the prices very reasonable but, better yet, this volunteer run thrift boutique gives their proceeds to “help ease local poverty.”

2. Habitat for Humanity ReStore

1133 N Wendover Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
3326 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208

ReStore takes donated items and sells them to the public at a reduced cost, “usually 50-70 percent of the original retail value.” ReStore specializes in selling appliances, cabinets, furniture, home décor and hardware. The proceeds from the items you purchase go toward building local Habitat homes.

3. Plato’s Closet

Plato’s Closet
9630-J University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28213
9623 E Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105

Plato’s Closet is a national chain of “recycling retail stores” that buy and sell gently used clothes; but here is what makes them different from other consignment stores, they only sell the latest trends and brand names. Geared towards the teen/young adult crowd, this store is an easy solution to spending less but still keeping up with the current looks.

4. Consignment 1st

11416 “D” Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105

This consignment store specializes in upscale furniture, home décor and collectibles. Consignment 1st’s professional atmosphere and items in excellent condition result in a marriage of easy shopping and affordable prices.

5. Karrousel Kids

120 E Charles St., Matthews, NC 28105
Just a few minutes from Charlotte, this hidden treasure located in the heart of downtown Matthews is a gold mine for discounted children’s clothing and accessories. Karrousel Kids has a unique consignment system that allows prices to be some of the lowest in the Charlotte area. From newborn to maternity clothing, toys, shoes and specialty retail boutique items, this store has a lot to offer.

6. Classic Attic

4301-C Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209

On top of selling antiques and furniture, this shop has the entire market on secondhand custom draperies, bedspreads and pillows in Charlotte. With convenient shopping located on their website, a 24-hour return policy and a “Wish List” service (notifying you when an item you are looking for comes into the store), Classic Attic is one of the most customer friendly stores.

7. J.T. Posh

2400 Park Rd., Suite 2-A, Charlotte, NC 28203

This consignment store, located in Dilworth, carries consigned couture clothing and accessories for women. J.T. Posh’s secondhand items are in excellent condition. In addition to consigned clothing, they are well known their new, affordable gifts.

8. Revolve – Upscale Men’s Consignment

1222 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203

This consignment store specializes in high-end designer clothes for men. From Rock & Republic jeans to Banana Republic boots, this store offers men the most fashionable clothing at a fraction of the original price

9. South End Exchange

1616 Camden Rd., Charlotte, NC 28203

Located in Charlotte’s historic South End, this exchange shop holds designer home furnishings, lighting, rugs, china and crystal. They also feature art from local and regional artists. Their website states that they feature things “from unusual to the ordinary, from the 18th century to today,” making South End Exchange a place for everyone to find something.

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