A guide to Jacksonville’s best thrift stores
Words By Carmen Macri
Now, when I say thrift store, I don’t mean those fancy-schmancy vintage boutiques charging an arm and a leg for second hand threads. No, no, no. I’m talking about the real deal, non-profit thrift shops where I can score a whole new wardrobe for a bargain. We don’t want to offend those posh vintage stores, would we? But let’s face it, where do you think those highfalutin’ establishments get half of their inventory from? Not only is thrifting an eco-friendly and wallet-friendly option to traditional shopping, but it’s also a chance to uncover treasures that have been hidden away, waiting to be given a second life. So step aside, overpriced boutiques — thrifting is where it’s at! Now let’s walk through the best non-profit thrift stores in Jacksonville.
- Goodwill. Ah, Goodwill. My tried and true. The ultimate equalizer of thrift shopping. It doesn’t matter which one you stroll into because chances are they’re all cut from the same cloth. From the ’80s and ’90s throwback songs on surround sound to that oh-so-familiar Goodwill aroma, you know you’re in for a consistent experience no matter which storefront you hit up. It is my ultimate go-to. Pro tip: Goodwill usually does a full restock of the store every three days starting Monday. So if you want the best picks, now you know.
- Beam Thrift. Now, Beam Thrift and I have a complicated love story. If you are looking for fun vintage clothes for cheap, I wouldn’t put Beam at the top of my list. Definitely not tailored for the younger generation. Though, much like any thrift store, if you have the time, you might strike gold. One of my favorite vintage L.L. Bean flannel shirts was scored at Beam. But what I will say is that Beam has the best furniture/decor stock. If you are planning a fun DIY project or need a plethora of picture frames for cheap, Beam is the place to go.
- Hope’s Closet. Now here’s a slightly contentious suggestion: It looks like your typical department store but with a twist — they blast Christian music through the speakers. It’s not as inexpensive as Goodwill or Salvation Army, but it’s definitely more affordable than those overpriced vintage shops. Whenever my luck runs out at Goodwill, I turn to Hope’s Closet. And let me tell you, their kitchen section is unmatched. I’ve been revamping my kitchen decor with thrifted treasures from Hope’s Closet, including vintage glassware and nifty toaster ovens.
- Hubbard House Thrift Store. This hidden gem is a treasure trove of pre-loved goodies from vintage clothing to quirky knick-knacks. It’s a thrifty shopper’s paradise that benefits not only their wallet but also the community — all proceeds go to support the Hubbard House domestic violence shelter. And let’s talk about the selection: It’s like stepping into a time capsule with finds that range from retro to modern, and everything in between. On my first visit, I was met face-to-face with vintage Dan Post cowboy boots in near-perfect condition (but, unfortunately, not my size.) So if you’re looking for a shopping experience that’s both rewarding and delightful, make your way to Hubbard House thrift store. Your closet (and your conscience) will thank you.
Don’t get me wrong: Vintage shops are a dream come true. The thrill of the hunt, the unique finds, the retro vibe — it’s all there. But let’s be real: Sometimes the prices can be a bit steep. And when I’m not in the mood to drop 50 bucks on a single item, I turn to the time-tested thrift stores. There’s something satisfying about digging through the racks and uncovering hidden treasures at a fraction of the cost. So while vintage shops have their charm, don’t underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned thrifting adventure.