The age old saying remains true: one man's trash is another man's treasure. No one understands this golden rule more than avid thrift shoppers. New Orleans thrift goers know that because of the city's eclectic, funky nature, a trip to the thrift is guaranteed to yield some excellent finds. Whether you're a seasoned professional or a beginner, make National Thrift Shop Day on August 17 a success with these five spots.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana
One of the most recognizable thrift store companies in the country, Goodwill's mission is to offer opportunities to people with employment barriers to better improve their economic self-sufficiency. At Goodwill, you can find anything from clothing and furniture to accessories and household items. Visit Goodwill's website to figure out how to donate to the many different locations in the Greater New Orleans area. Multiple Locations, goodwillno.org.
Bridge House Thrift Store
This thrift store is more than just trash to treasure finds. Bridge House is a nonprofit that seeks to provide sensitive treatment to adults who are struggling with addiction. The treatment plans offered are made possible by community donations at the Bridge House Thrift Store. Shop for a great cause and get your hands on everything from fine china and furniture to rare books and accessories! 4243 Earhart Blvd., 504-821-2479, bridgehouse.org.
Red, White, and Blue Thrift Store
With massive selections in adult and children's clothing, home décor, and technology, a trip to Red, White, and Blue is never disappointing. New inventory featuring thousands of items arrive every single day. Visit one of two convenient locations (one in Harahan and one in Gretna) and get your back-to-school shopping done in one go! In addition to clothes, you'll find a great selection of household goods, furniture, kitchenware, dishware, fun knick knacks, and more! Multiple Locations, redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com.
This funky spot on Oak Street is everything a thrift store should be: fun, good vibes, and very cool. Glue doesn't just have great clothes and jewelry; they also buy guitars! Owner, Jeff Nelson, has over 25 years of experience buying guitars, beginning when he opened GUITARS N MORE in Pittsburgh at age 20. Since then, he has pursued music and moved to New Orleans to bring us the coolest thrift spot ever. Because of its origin story, Glue guarantees both great finds and great conversation! 8206 Oak St., 504-782-0619, glueneworleans.com.
This Mid-City thrift store is housed in what used to be a plumbing supply building. Inside, you'll find loads of items, with the occasional surprise chair or lamp. The motto at Junk's Above is "glass, wood, metal, porcelain," so if you lay eyes on any of those inside, it's 100% real. Make sure to check out the dollar closet, where everything is one dollar or less! If it didn't already sound interesting enough, Junk's Above used to hold storage for Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville products. The staff is hoping to have him stop by. 4626 D'Hemecourt St., 504-952-5865, junksabove.com.