When one thinks of thrift stores, we might think of the old adage: “one man’s trash another man’s treasure.” While some thrift stores seem a bit overwhelmed with junk, others house unique treasures that can only found there. From sprucing up your home decor to adding vintage clothing items to your wardrobe, many North Carolina thrift stores are filled with treasures just waiting to be found.
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1. Carolina Thrift, Raleigh
Carolina Thrift is home to a wide-assortment of items like vintage clothing pieces, home decor and furniture, even unique items like jewelry and glassware. The price points vary depending on the item unlike other big name thrift stores.
2821 Brentwood Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604
2. Northrop Antiques Mall, Southport
Not a thrift store per se, this antique mall in Southport is two floors of amazing finds and relics. Not to mention, the price points are very reasonable for the finds. There's home decor, paintings, furniture, books, jewelry, and unique purchases like handmade wax candles from Italy (they're also the only shop on the east coast that carries them).
111 E Moore St
Southport, NC 28461
3. Style Encore, Greensboro
You know the friend that is always snagging vintage Chanel at the thrift store? She might have just stopped at Style Encore. A plethora of various fashion, from seriously vintage, easily repurposed, or perfect accent pieces - Style Encore is must-stop for the fashionista.
2955 Battleground Ave
Greensboro, NC 27408
4. Habitat Restore, Charlotte
While frequented by young professionals and UNC Charlotte students look for bargain deals on furniture, Habitat Restore offers a great amount of home needs at great prices....you just have to look around a bit and persistence is key! You can find sprawling rugs for 1/4 the original price, comfortable couches to fill an empty room, even love seats, headboards, and a wide array of decor. Not only is it great for finds, but it benefits the community and allows volunteers to work at the store.
1133 N Wendover Rd
Charlotte, NC 28211
5. Bon Vivant Co, Asheville
For a bit more upscale, this eclectic Asheville shop features unique, repurposed and antique furniture. With plenty of Asheville charm and culture infused right in, you can find that one standout piece you've been searching for.
9 Reed St
Asheville, NC 28803
6. Patterson's Mill Country Store, Chapel Hill
Patterson's Mill Country store has been around since 1973 and truthfully, not much has changed since. Here you'll find some of the most unique relics...sometimes hidden as displayed memorabilia or artifacts along the walls. It feels more like a walk through a living history museum - Patterson's Mill is part shopping, part experience.
5109 Farrington Rd
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
7. Baker Street, Wilmington
Part thrift, part antiques, part new finds to pique your curiosity - Baker Street offers a wide array of relics from vendors. With a constantly changing inventory, things are always staying different which keeps shoppers coming back. If you find yourself on vacation or Wrightsville Beach you must stop here!
6780 Market St
Wilmington, NC 28405
8. Hominy Mill, Blowing Rock
The two-story general store is packed to the brim with unique goods and finds. Operating more as a general store and less as a thrift store, you'll find eclectic handmade pieces filled with possibility for repurposing, refurbishing, or just taking home.
9. Antiques on Howard, Boone
Between upscale furniture finds and abundant vintage charm, Antiques on Howard mixes your traditional thrift store with a bohemian atmosphere. You'll find plenty of boho-vibe finds to take home or even some creative inspiration just walking through.
199 Howard St
Boone, North Carolina
Owned and operated by AnimalKind, this is a thrift store with a great cause. 100% of the profits go to help decrease euthanasia in North Carolina shelters. The store offers a wide array of items ranging from clothing, books, and jewelry.
2821 Spring Forest Rd, Raleigh, NC 27616
What are some of your favorite thrift stores in North Carolina? Did any make the list?