Wisconsin March 02, 2019
This Bargain Hunters Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Thrift Stores In Wisconsin
Who among us doesn’t love scoring a deal? There’s almost nothing better than the fun of bargain shopping and finding something you love, all for a price at a fraction of its original cost. If you’re someone who loves the thrill of the hunt, digging for a deal and unearthing stuff hidden deep within the depths of a thrift store, this is the article for you. This trip is just 97 miles long but takes you to nine different and amazing thrift stores where you’ll find steals, deals and bargains galore. Gas up the car, grab some friends and spend a day filling up your house without emptying out your wallet!
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This fabulous trip will just take you a few hours but takes you to a wide array of stores. You're guaranteed to have a trunk full of goodies when you reach the end of this trail of treasures just waiting to be discovered.
1. The Wire Basket - Sun Prairie
This place is chock full of vintage goods. You'll find some current stuff, but they definitely skew towards the '60s and older. It's organized very well and is easy to get around in. There's plenty of stuff, but you don't feel like you might knock something over every time you turn around. Located at 243 E Main St., Sun Prairie, WI 53590.
2. Silly Monkey's Funky Resale - Madison
Kids stuff is expensive and the little ones use it for so short a time. You'll find all kinds of amazing stuff here that looks brand new and is just waiting to have a second life. There are tons of brand name items, and it's the place to go for an awesome Halloween costume. Located at 306 N Lawn Ave., Madison, WI 53704.
3. Boomerang's Resale Shop - Madison
Some thrift stores can be chaotic, but there's actually a really chill and calm vibe here that makes it a lot of people's go-to spot in Madison. You'll find a bit of everything, great prices and awesome staff. Located at 1133 N Sherman Ave., Madison, WI 53704.
4. UW Swap Shop - Verona
This might be stretching the definition of thrift store a bit, but the UW Swap Shop is a big warehouse in Verona that has twice-weekly public sales. Swap is actually an acronym for "Surplus with A Purpose" and their goal is to reduce the University of Wisconsin’s environmental footprint. Because they take in items from the university as well as other government agencies, you never quite know what you’ll find at the Swap Shop (or in their online auctions) and that’s what makes it so darn fun. The shop is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4 pm for UW departments, municipalities, public schools and state agencies. But they are open to the public on Tuesday and Friday from 8 am to 2 pm and on the second Saturday of every month from 8 am to 12 pm. UW Swap Shop is located at 1061 Thousand Oaks Trail., Verona, WI 53593.
5. Agrace Thrift Store - Madison
The staff here is super friendly, it's always clean and there are treasures to be found - what else could you want from a good thrift store? Located at 2402 E Springs Dr., Madison.
6. Gene's Resale Shop - Mazomanie
Mazomanie is a bit of an offbeat artists' town and the thrifting here reflects that. You'll find unusual, quirky and awesome stuff at this great store just outside of Madison. Located at 122 W Commercial St, Mazomanie, WI 53560.
7. 2nd Chapter Resale - Mazomanie
Not only does this place have a great selection of stuff, but they were incredibly helpful to the local community as people were affected by floods. These folks provided a ton of support, making them an even better part of the community. Located at 106 Brodhead St., Mazomanie, WI 53560.
8. Recycled Sally's - Baraboo
This consignment shop does the resale thing right - a clean, organized store that doesn't take itself too seriously. Make sure you like the store on Facebook to see new additions as well as sales. My bank account would be in trouble if I lived closer. I love everything about shopping here. Located at 119 3rd Ave., Baraboo, Wisconsin, WI 53913.
9. Five Sisters Resale Boutique - Wisconsin Dell
In the land of chains and neon, Five Sisters is a welcome respite from the same old stuff sold by myriad copycat places. You'll love exploring this family-owned spot with all kinds of fun things to discover. Located at 741 Superior St., Wisconsin Dells 53965.
We also have a pretty stellar antiquing road trip that would piggyback really well with this one to make for one heck of an epic weekend of shopping and bargain hunting.
Check it out here.