Red, White and Blue on Route 65
The Good: This is really close to my house, so I end up here a lot for a quick walkthrough. Lots of furniture to look through. They often get designer items – diamonds in the rough!
The Bad: It’s always crowded. The prices are a little steep, in my opinion, for a thrift store. More than once I’ve seen a Forever 21 shirt that’s either the same price as it would be in the store or even higher!
Goodwill on McKnight Road
The Good: It’s close to a million other stores, so if you don’t find anything, you can go to Panera for a coffee or to Plato’s closet for another set of used selections. It’s also usually not crowded.
The Bad: I.hardly.ever.find.anything.good. I don’t know why! Just doesn’t seem to be a great turnover of clothes. I keep trying, because of the good above, but really, to no avail yet.
Goodwill in the South Side
The Good: They do seem to have a good selection of clothes and shoes. Close to other shops also. I’ve had great luck in the men’s section here for oversized button downs and the like.
The Bad: Not the best place to find furniture. It’s busy, so I think you have to go fairly often to find the gems!
Repurposed Thrift Store on McKnight Rd
The Good: A TON of baby stuff. In fact, that’s the only thing I’ve bought there. Sometimes they have furniture in GREAT condition.
The Bad: Very limited clothes selection for all departments except baby.
Community Thrift Center on Babcock Blvd
The Good: Great selection of shoes, women’s clothes, toys, and what I call “junk,” i.e. cheap jewelry, kitchen stuff, etc.
The Bad: This might seem silly, but the parking lot is treacherous! Keep your eyes open pulling in and out of spots. Also, their kid’s clothes selection is very minimal.