A good thrift shop can hold your attention for hours. Browsing row upon row of secondhand clothing, furniture, toys and other treasures is one of the coolest ways to shop. While just about every city worth its salt has a Salvation Army or a Goodwill, Cleveland is home to many unique thrift stores that offer goods no other shop can.
1. Empty Nest (14423 Detroit Ave, Lakewood)
Empty Nest specializes in all sorts of vintage goods, but their furniture section is particularly great, and second to none in the Cleveland area. In addition, this store also offers a massive, expansively curated book section, clothes, toys and so much more.
2. Sweet Lorain (7105 Lorain Ave)
Sweet Lorain is a self-styled "vintage department store," stocking a wide variety of secondhand treasures. Currently in its 25th year of operation, one look through its massive inventory will show you how it has remained a mainstay in Cleveland's thrifting scene.
3. Flower Child (11508 Clifton Blvd)
Flower Child is a stellar thrift shop that offers everything from vintage furniture to offbeat art and classic toys. No matter what it is you're looking for, chances are you'll find it at Flower Child.
4. Pop'N Tags Thrift Boutique (11624 Madison Ave)
One of Cleveland's sleekest secondhand stores, this thrift boutique stocks everything from vintage streetwear to summery clothes that are perfect to keep your cool in the coming months. If your wardrobe is in need of a slick, modern overhaul, there are few places in Cleveland that provide a better fit than Pop'N Tags.
5. The Designer Consignor (17118 Detroit Ave)
This thrift boutique is the best place to find rare, beautiful designer clothes at unbeatable prices. If you're looking to be fashionable on a budget, the Designer Consignor is the store for you.
6. Avalon Exchange (1798 Coventry Rd)
Avalon Exchange blends an amazing secondhand clothing store with all the cool trappings of a vintage thrift shop. Whether you're looking to upgrade your wardrobe or find fascinating vintage treasures, there's no shortage of finds waiting for you at the Exchange.
7. Lakewood Antique Mall (16928 Detroit Ave, Lakewood)
Lakewood Antique Mall is a smaller, two-floor antique store that is practically bursting at the seams with vintage goodies. From classic books to rare toys and home decor, everyone from a tasteful homemaker to an avid history buff can find something to love here.
8. Frugal Fortune (15408 Madison Ave, Lakewood)
In addition to simply offering fantastic secondhand fare, what makes Lakewood's Frugal Fortune stand out is its unbeatable furniture stock. If you purchase a dresser, table or other large piece of furniture, the store will repaint it for you to your exact specifications and make it a perfect fit for your furniture needs.
9. Take2 Boutique (2199 Green Rd)
Take2 has one of the most outlandish inventories of any thrift shop around the Forest City. From unique original artwork to gently used clothes and a plethora of things in between, Take2 has treasures hidden in every corner.
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