What's your favorite thrift store?

I grew up going to yard sales with my family in Massachusetts, which eventually turned into shopping at thrift shops.

Back in the day, my younger sister and I would save up our allowance money and drive around with my parents on the weekends to find cool “treasures” that other people were selling. You might use the word “junk” to describe second-hand items sold by someone else. But over the years we have found beautiful wall art, vinyl records, leather jackets and more at yard sales. That’s why there’s the phrase, “Someone else’s trash is another person’s treasure.”

Sadly, yard sales have phased out. No one trusts anyone anymore! Now, instead of putting things out on your lawn, people drop their stuff at stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army and Savers and donate them. Sure, you don’t make any money donating that way, but at least you get the stuff out of your house and other people rummage through it. And you can always ask them for a receipt showing that you made a donation. Those donations can be applied to your tax write-offs at the end of the year.

I have done my fair share of thrifting over the years, and I’ve found the coolest things in the world! I’ve snagged an authentic cowgirl leather jacket at a flea market, a brand new air fryer at Savers in Hanover, designer purses and bags, a puree kit for my baby, and even a rocking chair for my son’s nursery. I’ve saved thousands of dollars, and I’ve donated hundreds.

I thought this was a great story about someone finding a heartwarming note inside of a book at Goodwill. It really is true, you NEVER know what you will find when you shop at thrift shops!

Arizona woman finds heartwarming note tucked inside $2 book at Goodwill - now, she's searching for its owner

"You are loved and respected! So let's get going. The ride may be bumpy but we will get there. When you believe in you as much as I do, you will be there. - Dad."

Here’s a list of my favorite Massachusetts Thrift Shops!

  • Habitat For Humanity ReStore (Multiple Locations)

    https://www.habitatbostonrestore.org/

    Habitat For Humanity has a store called “Habitat For Humanity ReStore” where people donate their furniture and household items. I don’t believe you can donate clothing, but you can drop off bedframes, dressers, tables and chairs. It’s a good place to visit if you’re moving and trying to get rid of big pieces, and a great place to buy if you need those pieces for your new home!

    “The ReStore provides a more affordable avenue for home improvement projects, all while keeping tons of perfectly good items from ending up in the landfill.”

  • Goodwill (Multiple Locations)

    https://www.goodwill.org/


    Goodwill is probably the most well-known donation center and thrift store in America. There are thousands of locations and dozens in Massachusetts. According to their website, “Goodwill works to enhance people‚Äôs dignity and quality of life by strengthening their communities, eliminating their barriers to opportunity, and helping them reach their full potential through learning and the power of work.” They have created many jobs and training for people. You can find everything at Goodwill. Beware though, some of the stores have gotten a little pricy! (I’m lookin at your Portsmouth, NH!) Goodwill does have a rewards system though. Every $25 you spend, you get a point!

  • Salvation Army (Multiple Locations)

    https://satruck.org/

    Salvation Army Thrift Stores are some of my favorite places to thrift. However, some of them are well-kept and some of them have definitely seen better days. You never know what you can find in a Salvation Army Thrift Center though! I once bought a brand new gown that I fully plan on wearing to a wedding in the future. I also found a brand new, never-been-worn Carrie Underwood brand bathing suit and some brand new baby items. It’s a fun place to discover new things for sure!

  • Savers (Multiple Locations)

    https://www.savers.com/

    I LOVE Savers in Hanover. I have found designer purses there. I bought ALL of my maternity clothes there. I’ve found brand new shoes and I even found my baby’s rocking chair for his bedroom. I only paid $21 for that rocking chair and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever found. I bought a brand new air fryer. The finds are endless and I can’t say enough about it! Also, when you donate to Savers, they give you a 20% off coupon for you to use inside the store.

  • Wellspring (Weymouth & Hull)

    https://wellspringmultiservice.org/
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    Wellspring’s “The Shops” is my local thrift store. They have two locations. One in Weymouth and one in Hull. According to their website, their “…integrated services, coupled with community investment, are instrumental in opening new doors and creating personal pathways to independence.” I have donated SO many clothes, furniture, baby items to the location in Weymouth. I also go in there every time I donate something and they ALWAYS have new items in there. The prices at Wellspring are the best thrift prices I’ve seen out of all the thrift store in MA. I highly suggest supporting this local thrift store!

  • The Blessing Barn (4 Locations)

    https://theblessingbarn.com/

    I have never been to The Blessing Barn but it is on my MUST go thrift list! I follow them on Instagram and it looks like they carry the most incredible finds. They sell furniture, mirrors, textiles, homeware. You name it they have it, and it seems like every room in the barn is themed in some way. Whoever runs this place needs to come and decorate my home!

    “The profits of the sales at our store go directly into the community by sponsoring our crisis care programs operated by our Non-Profit, Compassion New England.”

  • Plato's Closet (West Springfield & Waltham)

    https://www.platoscloset.com/home

    I’m not sure if this is a thrift store or a consignment store, but I think it’s a fun place to find awesome clothes! Plato’s Closet definitely has a Gen-Z vibe based on the young kids who work there, and the clothes that they accept. It’s also the only thrift store I’ve been to where they will pay to donate your clothes. I guess in some ways that makes it more of a consignment store. They only sell clothing! Check out one of their many locations sometime!

  • Buffalo Exchange (Multiple Locations)

    https://buffaloexchange.com/

    Buffalo Exchange is just clothes and shoes and in some ways it a similar business model to Plato’s Closet where you can bring in your clothes and you can get money for them. But for the buyer, this is where you’d go to find funky finds. I love their clothing and it’s reasonably priced.

  • Some of my Favorite Thrift Purchases That You'd Never Know Were From A Thrift Store

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