Bargain hunters who want to find the best deals know that thrift stores are where it’s at. You can find great deals on designer clothes, handbags and shoes, as well as furniture and home accessories. Check out our list of thrift stores by neighborhood below. Miami on the Cheap tip: Come armed with cash and patience, because the hunt can be lengthy.
Miami Midtown (Wynwood, Design District, Edgewater, Little Haiti)
Bargain Barn, 2233 NW 1 Ct., Miami, 33137.
- Open 9:45 am to 5:15 pm, Monday – Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, Saturday. Closed Sundays. Tel: 305-572-2063.
Sure, Wynwood is best known for a thriving restaurant scene, art galleries and murals. But the artsy neighborhood is also home to Bargain Barn and the Miami Rescue Mission Thrift Store. In the Barn (which actually resembles an old barn) and underneath outdoor tents is a massive selection of furnishings. They have dining room sets, sofas, wall units, desks, file cabinets, mirrors and all at ridiculously low prices. Indoors, they’ve got a variety of clothing, housewares and even wedding dresses. Like most items at a thrift store they all may need a little TLC but for the price, they’re in excellent shape.
Out of the Closet, 2900 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33137
- Open 10 am to 7 pm, daily. Tel: 305-764-3773
Out of the Closet is a unique national chain of thrift shops benefitting the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation. At either of their spacious Miami-Dade locations, you’ll find a fantastic selection of pre-loved goodies, from your favorite old-new jeans to comfortable sweaters and broken-in heels. Even better, you can bring your prescriptions to the on-site pharmacy and have them filled while you shop. If that weren’t enough, Out of the Closet also offers free, confidential HIV testing, so you can finally get yourself checked before or after hitting the check out aisle.
The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center, 90 NW 23rd Street, Miami, 33127
- Open 9 am – 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. Tel 305-573-4200
The Salvation Army is perhaps one of the best know charitable organizations in the country having been in operation since 1879 when their first meeting was held in the US. Assisting people in need, offering elderly and veterans services, as well as combating human trafficking and hunger are just some of the issues the Salvation Army helps with. Most of them are funded by items donated and then sold at their thrift stores. Shop this large and airy store for household goods, appliances, furniture and clothing.
Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique, 2040 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
- Open 10 am to 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. Tel: 305-576-4112
The Lotus House Thrift Chic Boutique is a thrift and vintage shop run by and benefiting the women of the Lotus House Women and Children’s Shelter. The cozy Wynwood thrift shop welcomes donations of clothing, accessories, books, furniture, collectibles, including designer brands and prime vintage finds. In fact, the store is actually divided into a thrift and vintage area. Whether you’re looking for a gently used love seat or a fun pair of earrings, Lotus House will have something for you to treasure.
Give Good Works, 2401 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127
- Open 11:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday. Tel: 305-573-2976
For the last 15 years, Give Good Works has been collecting donations for those in need. While much of what is donated to the organization is given directly to impoverished men and women, a large portion of it goes on to be resold in the Give Good Works thrift shop. Here, you and any of your thrift-loving friends can enjoy perusing the racks of used and vintage duds, check out the shelves filled with used CDs, vinyl, and DVDs, and inspect the pre-owned furniture for your future living room. The store also holds monthly auctions.
The Little Haiti Thrift & Gift Store, 5865 NW 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33137
- Open 9 am to 7 pm. Monday – Friday, 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday – Sunday: Tel: 786-308-9785
When you’re in search of something fashionable or flashy, but lack the funds for something new, your best bet is to hit up the Little Haiti Thrift & Gift Store. This fun little shop is packed with colorful items, from sequin tops to authentic sombreros. Between the vintage wares and the more contemporary pieces, you’ll definitely find something eye-catching and budget-pleasing. The new location also offers a juice bar and café called JuiceVine which will surely enhance your shopping experience.
- Open 10 am to 9:30 pm, Monday – Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday. Tel: 305-325-9114.
The Goodwill Supercenter, just west of Biscayne Boulevard, is a clean and well-organized spot for anyone looking for deals on clothes, accessories and housewares. It’s important to look closely and inspect the items, but overall the merchandise at this Goodwill location is in decent shape. The rows and rows of bargain items include blouses and men’s shirts for $4, men’s and women’s denim for $4.50, women’s jackets and blazers for $7, women’s suits for $12 and purses for $2.50. There are racks of shoes and plenty of unique jewelry and watches by the front display case, plus shelves of books.
Red White and Blue, 12640 NE 6th Avenue, North Miami, FL 33161
- Open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. Tel: 305-893-1104
This store is an institution and has been in North Miami for more than 50 years. It’s packed to the rafters with clothes, household goods, toys and more, with a small furniture section in the back. This is my go-to place if I need clothes, especially for a trip to somewhere with winter. I got a fabulous long winter coat here for $15 one year. If you go during the weekend, bring patience, because the small store can get crowded and the lines can get long.
Better Way of Miami House of Bargains, 7001 NW 27th Ave., Miami, FL 33147
- Open 8 am to 4 pm, Monday – Friday; 7 am to 3 pm Saturday. Tel: 305-759-6642.
Better Way of Miami, Inc. has a thrift store named House of Bargains which re-sells furniture and new and vintage clothing. Proceeds support homeless and indigent substance abuse and mental health treatment as well as supportive housing programs.
This N That Shop, 3155 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133
- 10 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Tel: 305-448-2114
This N That has been a staple in Coconut Grove’s Commodore Plaza since 1957. The small, nondescript thrift shop has plenty of affordable treasures, including men’s and women’s clothing, kitchen wares, books, jewelry, furniture, and even some antiques. The shop is a project of Plymouth Congregational Church’s Women’s Fellowship, and the church accepts donations after service on the second Sunday of the month. Proceeds from the store go on to help local missions related to the church.
Salvation Army, 9790 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL 33165
- Open 10 am to 7 pm, Monday – Saturday. Closed on Sunday. Tel: 305-554-9669
When you’re in need of cheap, quality clothes, the Salvation Army’s got your back. This particular shop always seems to have an influx of great designer pieces or lightly worn items for absurdly low prices (say, under $10). Visit on Wednesdays, and it’ll be even cheaper for Half-Price Day. The store also has electronics, household wares, furniture, books, records, etc., but the best prices hands-down are on the clothes. All proceeds from Salvation Army purchases go toward Salvation Army’s Rehabilitation Centers, which offer struggling individuals housing, jobs, and therapy at no cost.
The Recycled Closet, 8867 SW 132nd Street, Miami FL 33176 (The Falls area)
- Open 11 am to 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. Closed Sunday. Tel: 305-233-6744
The Recycled Closet carries brand name label clothing and accessories, and sells it for 70 percent off the retail price. The store specializes in denim, which many women find hard to shop for, and calls its staff the “denim divas.” They were named 2013 Best Thrift Shop by Miami New Times, and have received high praise from Yelpers for their products and customer service. The store also offers online shopping and free shipping every day.
Red White and Blue Flamingo Plaza, 901 E 10 Ave., Hialeah, FL 33010
- Open 9 am to 6 pm Monday – Saturday. Tel: 305-887-5351
This place is the crème de la crème of thrift stores, it’s even featured in a YouTube video with a full report from a Univision reporter. Here it’s all about designer duds with names like Prada, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Manolo Blanik and Christian Louboutin being thrown around. The items at Flamingo Plaza are in excellent condition, and some are even brand new with the tags still visible. This is one of Miami’s most popular and quality thrift stores. It’s also no secret that local and national celebrities have been spotted there. No credit cards are accepted, and be prepared to wait in line, especially on weekends. It’s worth it however, since the deals are unbeatable.
Community Family Thrift, 901 E 10th Avenue Suite 28, Hialeah, FL 33010
- Open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday – Saturday. Tel: 305-888-0481
Anyone familiar with bargain shopping in Miami knows about Hialeah’s thrift mecca, Flamingo Plaza. Red, White, and Blue is the most popular store, but Community Family Thrift isn’t far behind. It also carries lots of affordable goods. This particular store sells household appliances, electronics, jewelry, used books and records, holiday décor, antiques, musical instruments and, of course, lots of apparel for women, men and children. Daily specials means you need to pay close attention to tag colors and any signs for discounts. Community Thrift’s sales help the Slomin Family Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
Plato’s Closet Kendall, 13630 SW 120th Street #210, Miami, FL 33186
- Open 10 am to 8 pm, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 pm, Sunday. Tel: 305-259-2004
Plato’s Closet is a national chain and each store is individually owned and operated. It’s the nation’s largest chain of teen and twenty something resale stores with over 300 store locations in North America. Most of the stores buy and sell girls sizes 0/1 to 18/20 and guys sizes 28 to 40 waist. The Kendall store has been open since 2010. The store takes in gently used clothing and accessories that are: top-name brands, cool, hip, trendy, clean and in good condition. Typically, they look for items that have been in the retail stores within the past 12 to 18 months and are current teen and young adult styles still seen in the mall.
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