Where to find the best used items



As the semester continues, fall wardrobes are on the minds of many students and with a large number of thrift stores in Tallahassee there are several dozen crates, shelves and trash cans they can dig into to find the perfect piece.

Maya Harris, a sophomore at Florida State University, said she often saves on finding specific clothes around which she can create a complete outfit.

“I really like the fun colors,” she said, adding that she missed the trendy looks from brands like Zara and H&M. “There is also a story in these clothes.”

Leeah Peacock browses a clothing rack inside The Other Side Vintage on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

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But it’s not just students in Tallahassee thrift stores. Price-conscious shoppers have scoured the second-hand store islands for decades.

“I see things that take me back to when I was little,” said Brenda Sweet, 66, as she walked through City Walk Urban Mission. Growing up in Indiana, Sweet used to save money with her aunt and sister because they couldn’t afford the retail prices. Now she’s doing it just for the sake of finding “buried treasure.”

“Look at this … it’s just for me,” she shouted as she walked past a 3-piece furniture set including a sofa, chair, and ottoman for $ 79. “Now that’s what it is. I am so excited! “

Brenda Sweet sits on her newly purchased three-piece furniture set on October 7, 2021. She is a longtime customer of Tallahassee thrift stores.

Urban Mission City Walk, 1105 N. Monroe St.

In the heart of downtown, City Walk Urban Mission, a thrift store full of clothes, books, appliances and a whole back room dedicated to furniture.

There isn’t a lot of unified identity on the store shelves as they are made up of donations from community and business.

“I love this place,” said Harris. “I found a lot of fun, vintage stuff here. You just need a little patience.”

For those looking for deals, there is no shortage of this store.

On Mondays, seniors benefit from a 10% discount on the entire building. On Tuesday, interior decoration is 25% off. All clothes, shoes and handbags are 50% off Wednesdays and Thursdays are discounts on books, DVDs and Blu-Rays.

City Walk Urban Mission Thrift Store Sunday July 11, 2021.

The other side Vintage, 607 Place du chemin de fer

Founded in 2000 by two sisters and their mother, The Other Side Vintage at Railroad Square Art District is a unique vintage store that is half-organized by around 30 people who have a dedicated place in the store for their items.

That’s why, according to Brooklyn Croy of the founding sisters, there is a “unique collection of clothing, vinyl, art and furniture.”

Items purchased by the original owners can be found at real estate auctions. While looking up, Croy says she keeps a close eye on bright and colorful clothes.

  • Hours: Monday, closed; Tuesday to Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday from noon to 6 p.m .; Saturday 11 am-6pm; Sunday 11 am-5pm
  • Website: othersidevintage.com
  • Contact: 850-224-6666
Aaliyah LeClair, 14, and Sarah Leblanc, 18, laugh together as they browse The Other Side Vintage in Railroad Square on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

Living Harvest: 4500 W. Shannon Lakes Drive, 1219 W. Tharpe St .; 308 E. Orange Ave.

Living Harvest opened its store in West Tharpe in March 2013, said executive director Bradley Janowski. In the past two years, he has added two more.

Each of Living Harvest’s stores are made up entirely of community donations and carry a wide variety of clothing and furniture.

Janowski said he tries to keep prices as low as possible. For those who want to stay up to date with upcoming offers, follow the Living Harvest Facebook page.

  • Hours:Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; close on Sunday
  • Website: thelivingharvest.org
  • Contact: 850-900-5930
Friperie Living Harvest Sharing Center Sunday July 11, 2021.

The Fix Thrift Shop, 1208 Capital Circle SE

Upon arrival at The Fix Thrift Shop, people will be greeted with ‘a boutique style store with great music, handpicked by staff’, as well as appliances, clothing, jewelry and furniture, said founder Gerry Phipps.

Since these are donations, the clothes vary widely, but the common thread, Phipps said, is that everything is in good condition.

The Fix Thrift Store Sunday July 11, 2021.

The thrift store was added to the existing nonprofit Be The Solution that Phipps started in 2007 to sterilize and spray pets across town and county. Since 2007, the group has “repaired” more than 43,000 cats and dogs, Phipps said.

  • Hours: Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday 10 am-6pm; close on Sunday
  • Website: bethesolution.us/the-fix
  • Contact: 850-298-1129

Savvy Salvage Thrift, 623 Industrial Drive

Also in Railroad Square is Savvy Salvage Thrift, where customers can find low cost FSU merchandise as well as designer clothing and jewelry.

Savvy Salvage accepts donations, but also buys, sells and trades vintage clothing and accessories. To stay up to date with her events, like the First Friday, follow her Facebook page.

Savvy Salvage Thrift Sunday July 11, 2021.

Business assets, several locations

With more than four Goodwill stores and donation centers across Tallahassee, each has a treasure trove of donated clothing, appliances and furniture to explore.

Buyers have the ability to find the parts at low cost and low cost at a larger discount due to their Color of the Week deal, reducing the price of items with specific tags by 50%.

  • Schedules for all locations: Monday to Saturday 9 am to 8 pm; Sunday 10 am-6pm
  • Website: goodwill.org
Goodwill on North Monroe Street on Sunday July 11, 2021.

Salvation Army, 2410 Allen Road

The only Salvation Army in Tallahassee receives donations and has been offering clothing, books, furniture and vinyl records at low prices since 1951.

The Salvation Army family store on Sunday July 11, 2021.

Good Samaritain Thrift Store, 2706 N. Monroe St.

The Good Samaritan Thrift Store has an extensive inventory consisting of “antique furniture, books, clothing, cooking, housewares and more,” according to its website.

  • Hours: Monday to Saturday, 10 am-6pm; close on Sunday
  • Website: gsncares.org
  • Contact: 850-297-1113
Good Samaritan Super Thrift Store Sunday July 11, 2021.

Community Thrift Market, 652 Capital Circle NE

Launched in 2015, the Tallahassee Community Thrift Market is a maze of donated clothing spanning decades of fashion, books, jewelry, and antique furniture ranging from dining sets to sewing tables.

  • Hours: Closed on Mondays; Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
  • Website: communitythriftmarket.com
  • Contact: 850-273-0279
Community thrift market Sunday July 11, 2021.

What do you have ? Thrift store, 1346 S. Adams St.

This thrift store tucked away on South Adams Street offers clothing, appliances, knick-knacks and more, according to longtime owner Sherry Bradshaw.

“I have it all,” she said of her store’s content, which is bought at storage auctions and state auctions. “We don’t know what you’ll find here. “

She added that clothes cost $ 5 “at will” and $ 1 for shoes.

  • Hours: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10 am-6pm; Friday 10 am-5pm; close on Sunday
  • Contact: 850-) 590-3204

Contact Christopher Cann at ccann@tallahassee.com and follow @ChrisCannFL on Twitter.

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