The List: 10 best thrift stores in the Triad

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by Sayaka Matsuoka

1. Design Archives (GSO & W-S)

This gem used to reside on East Market Street before it moved to what is now East Coast Wings on Tate Street. It has since returned to downtown Greensboro, on South Elm Street, and added a location on Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. One half thrift store and one half artist emporium, this finder’s favorite has proven so popular that owner Kit Rodenbough recently opened up a location in Winston-Salem as well.

Greensboro: 342 S. Elm St. #100; 336.272.1800

Winston-Salem: 636 W. Fourth St.; 336.602.2452

shopdesignarchives.com

2. Uptown Thrift and Consignment (HP)

One of the only places on the list that focuses on clothes, Uptown Thrift and Consignment in High Point is a favorite among women looking for upscale clothing at a downscale price. With brands like Michael Kors and Vera Bradley, this store attracts fancier clientele looking for bargains on fur coats and classy dresses.

147 W. Lexington Ave.;336.307.3217

3. Carolina Thrift (GSO & HP)

Carolina Thrift is everything Goodwill should be — except for the fact that Goodwill helps people get jobs. But Carolina Thrift offers a way better selection. Located on Wendover Avenue, this vast store sells anything from clothes to furniture to electronics that all cost so little that you could leave with five items and only have paid $10. The best part? They frequently do 50 percent off the whole store and on all other days all items are between 25 and 75 percent off. It’s also your best bet for ugly Christmas sweaters.

Greensboro: 3608 Wendover Ave.; 336.315.1235

High Point: 2645 N. Main St. # 105; 336.882.2645

4. Etc. Consignment (W-S)

This consignment store’s popularity leverages a spot on the list. This 6,000-square foot shop sells everything, but the furniture is what people come looking for. While the price range is a little higher than some others on the list, the quality of the pieces in the store are alluring for anyone who can afford them.

690 Jonestown Road; 336.659.7786; etcconsignmentshoppe.com

5. Nosilla Vintage (GSO)

This new addition to the thrifting scene in Greensboro may be small, but its fresh vibe will keep customers coming. Specializing in upscale brands and catering mostly to women, Nosilla feels more like a hip boutique than a vintage store. It also has a prime location on South Elm Street, just down the street from Design Archives.

500 S. Elm St.; 336.275.0808; nosillavintage.com

6. The Closet (W-S)

The name says it all. Anything you might discover in a closet can be found here. Although the space is small, there are plenty of great finds in this lesser known store. But the thing that sets it apart may be its wide collection of kids’ clothes and toys, making it a must for thrifty parents.

3784 Bethania Station Road # A.; 336.922.5956

7. Vintage Thrift and Antiques (HP)

This popular stop in High Point is housed in an older home, giving it a quaint, Southern feel. The store is every Pinterest-lover’s dream with everything needed to complete a DIY project within reach. Another great place to find beautiful pieces of furniture and home furnishings, Vintage Thrift has a huge following in the smallest Triad city, and for good reason.

1100 N. Main St.; 336.886.1090

8. Mega Thrift (W-S)

Similar to Carolina Thrift in Greensboro, this store also utilizes the three-tag system, with each color representing a different percentage discount. A popular choice among thrifty college students, this standard shop boasts a wide array of goods.

1200 W. Clemmonsville Road; 336.771.3008; megathriftstore.com

9. Adelaide’s (GSO)

Like Design Archives, this furniture-centric thrift store also upgraded from a spot next to Spring Garden Bakery into a home-turned-store. Perfect for chic, upcycled furniture, Adelaide’s is a go-to for cute conversation pieces for a new apartment or home.

2000 Spring Garden St.;336.580.1435

10. Collage (W-S)

This shop on West End Boulevard also offers upcycled furniture pieces, many of them displayed outside on the sidewalk. While the small interior feels slightly cramped, its quirky vibe and friendly staff give this store a spot on the circuit. They have even been known to host furniture-painting classes.

434 West End Blvd.;336.725.8900