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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

How many things have you done this summer that have helped your wallet, your wardrobe, the environment and the community all at once? If your answer is zero, then you are not taking advantage of the array of charity thrift shops that Gainesville has to offer.

Here's The Avenue's rundown on some of the best second-hand stores in town.

Goodwill

Don't be overwhelmed by the abundance of muumuus, cat sweaters and mom jeans. If you have the patience, you will discover nestled among the seemingly endless racks of clothing are rare vintage pieces and barely worn designer jeans priced lower than the sales tax would cost you at a boutique. Goodwill's two Gainesville locations, 3520 SW 34th St. and 2624 NW 13th St., are also great places to find super cheap furniture and home goods. Proceeds from the store help the organization provide job training and placement for people who face employment challenges.

Haven Hospice Attic

Haven Hospice is a not-for-profit organization that cares for patients and families facing life-limiting illnesses. Its thrift store, Haven Hospice Attic, 300 NW Eighth Ave., has a wide variety of merchandise, including furniture, jewelry, housewares and home décor. Prices run a little higher than some of the other stores, but the collection of antique and vintage items makes it worth the trip. Students receive 25 percent off on Wednesdays and most clothing is 50 percent off on Fridays.

Family Treasures Thrift Shop

Formerly The Tot Spot, Family Treasures Thrift Shop, 710 N. Main St., reopened in March with a larger selection of inventory. For those who are turned off by the unsightly clutter that comes standard at many thrift stores, this place is for you. Items are well organized and neatly displayed. The store is run by Children's Home Society, a not-for-profit organization that provides social services to children who are at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment. Parents who bring a child receive a discount on Wednesdays and students with a college ID get a discount on Thursdays.

Salvation Army Thrift Store

You never know what you are going to find at The Salvation Army Family Store, located at 55 NW 23rd Ave. In fact, you may not know what some of the things are even after you find them. Nonetheless, there are gems hiding in the rough. Money generated by the store goes toward providing food, clothing, shelter and other services to people in need.

Thrift tips

Think outside the box: consider simple solutions such as painting furniture or having garments tailored.

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Chat up the staff: find out about upcoming sales, new arrivals and when merchandise is put out.

Shop out of season: stock up on winter coats while everyone else is picking over the shorts and sundresses.

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