Best Thrift Stores

    Located on a discreet side street of Middletown, Amvets is
    the perfect destination for hipsters and cheapos alike. This jumbo
    used-clothing warehouse holds thousands of loved garments itching for a new
    home. While its dress and accessory selections are slightly scarce Amvets makes
    up for it in its seemingly endless top and pants aisles. Accompanied by smooth
    soft power ballads whispering through the store speakers, patient thrifters can
    find treasures like a worn-in pair of ‘80s slim-fit Levis or a confusing
    vintage t-shirt. As for home appliances and knick-knacks, Amvets has a wide
    array of house ornaments that can help give any drab dorm living room some
    spice.

    Much like Amvets, the Garnet Street Goodwill in Pacific
    Beach is a thrift store that any used clothing junkie can count on to satisfy a
    craving. Although modest in size, Goodwill offers an unrivaled selection of
    elderly-inspired daywear and bar hoppers’ retired club outfits — many of which
    trickle down from nearby boutiques. Don’t miss the great scarf and belt
    selection on the right back corner of the wall and make sure to visit the
    boutique section, complete with high-fashion flops like chili-pepper printed
    Versace jeans and ‘still-tagged’ pantsuits.

    The cheapest of them all, the Salvation Army on University
    Avenue offers an organized, balanced selection of clothing and home appliances.
    In addition to its impressive selection of loved garments, SA also sells
    slightly damaged or stagnant merchandise from nearby boutiques, boasting hip
    graphic tees and brand name sweatshirts. Shoppers can also choose from an
    entire wall of knick-knacks or books, or pick up a vintage Schwinn bike for an
    extremely reasonable price. There is also a second level men’s section, full of
    simple Hanes sweatshirts and colorful windbreakers. Probably the best place to
    look for shoes, purses and jewelry, this consignment store is a must for any
    serious thrifter.

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