The Thrifty Shopper: Frugal Family

This week we're highlighting some of the best thrift stores in the area.

Buying things that have been previously loved and gently used is a great way to save money. Here are some places you might not know about in the south suburbs for great resale saving!


The is great for finding seasonal items, clothes and knick knacks at a great, low price. They often have quality brand name items in beautiful shape. This is a perfect place to shop for little ones who grow out of clothing and shoes quickly. 

 (Chicago Heights)

The is a rehabber's dream! They carry used and surplus building materials, appliances and furniture. They get in new shipments often and you can find a variety of wonderful things to renovate or update. 


Want to decorate your home on a budget? Looking for art and furniture? This is the place for you. The has some beautiful gently used items that will spruce up your home for spring for less! 

 (Chicago Heights) 

What does a gardener on a budget do to find a good deal? They go to this thrift store! Check out this store for their wide variety of gardening items as well as jewelry, clothing, and housewares. 

One More Thing (Park Forest) 

One More Thing is a beautiful store where resale items look more like new items at a big-name retail shop. The prices are reasonable, and it's a perfect place to stock up on decor, furniture and more. It's a little drive from the immediate area, but it's totally worth it to save this much money on items that are just like new. 

Leslie Lynnton Fuller April 28, 2011 at 03:35 AM
Leslie, can't wait to check out the stores you mentioned...I've got to say "Good As New Thriftshop" in Matteson is one of the all time best ... (okay, so I'm an honorary Matteson girl.) Sales help the non-profit Sertoma Centre, Inc. Just head west on Route 30 to 4331 W. Lincoln Highway. Also: all clothes are 50 percent off through the end of this week.
Leslie Meyer April 28, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Sounds great. Nice name BTW. ;)
Keri July 19, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Love thrift shopping. did you know that the Amish, who are incredibly thrifty, shop garage sales and thrift stores?? I found that out when I recently read "Money Secrets of the Amish" by Lorilee Craker. Another way to find great used clothes is to set up your own "swap meet" with friends. I write about how to do it in an article I recently posted on wikihow, which is all about bartering. Bartering is a great way to get what you need without spending any cash! check it out at http://www.wikihow.com/Barter-for-What-You-Need-and-Save-Money If you find it helpful, let others know about the article or leave a comment!
Ryan Fitzpatrick July 19, 2011 at 09:55 PM
Thanks for the wonderfully informative comment, Keri! I'm sure the community will benefit from it!
Liese A Ricketts July 20, 2011 at 01:01 AM
Dont forget (http://www.nawsus.org/Resale_Shops.html) Naws Resale shop on Martin in Homewood. It used to be called Girlfriends. Proceeds go to benefit pet rescue.


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