Minda Lou

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Minda Lou has some of her favorite thrift stores (sorta) near Fayetteville!

There is nothing more satisfying then finding a treasure when shopping thrift stores around Fayetteville. Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

I’m an avid thrift shopper / treasure hunter / amateur, self-proclaimed expert on the adventure of finding the next item I can’t leave without!

As Hank says, it’s a family tradition passed down to from mother to daughter in my family. My grandmother could sniff out a deal faster than a well-trained, beautiful bloodhound in red lipstick.

Shopping in thrift stores (in Fayetteville or anywhere for that matter) is such a big deal, there’s an entire “National Thrift Store Day” celebrating it. It’s on August 17, so we’ll revisit this around then. The U.S. Census team said there are more than 25,000 thrift stores or resale shops around the country.

“According to America’s Research Group, a consumer research firm, about 16 – 18% of Americans will shop at a thrift store during a given year. For consignment/resale shops, it’s about 12 – 15%. To keep these figures in perspective, consider that during the same time frame; 11.4% of Americans shop in factory outlet malls, 19.6% in apparel stores and 21.3% in major department stores.”

I’ve assembled some of my personal favorite thrift stores to hunt treasure within roughly 100 (give or take) miles from Fayetteville. If you have a favorite thrift shop that I’ve missed on this list, let me know! Happy hunting!

These are just a few of my top spots to find treasure and I’d love to hear your favorites!

  • 1. Poor Charlie's Flea Market & Antiques - New Bern

    Historic warehouse with 4,000 sq.feet, featuring fine antiques, collectibles, heirloom jewelry, glassware, household items and much more! Veteran owned! One of my best friends swears by this shop and I have to agree! Not only is it loaded with the most fun and unique finds, it’s also located close to the river where The Trent and Neuse River meet. It’s a wonderful way to spend a day!

  • 2. Sleepy Poet Antique Mall – Charlotte

    There are so many layers of gorgeous items in each of our vendors’ booths! The only way to see it all is to come on in...

    Posted by Sleepy Poet Antique Mall - Charlotte on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    Voters’ Choice for “Best Antiques of Charlotte” – Charlotte Magazine every year since 2011. Antiques, Home Decor, Vintage Clothing & More – You never know what you’ll find! With an emphasis on vinyl records and more than a few mid-century items to behold, this one is worth the trip! The inventory seems to be fresh each visit, with something extraordinary to behold. It’s a huge space, organized beautifully, the perfect place to bring a friend or two and spend some quality time wandering.

  • 3. GW: A GOODWILL BOUTIQUE - Charlotte

    While you’re in the area, it would do you (but probably not your wallet!) some good to stop by GW: A Goodwill Boutique. With a focus on trendy clothing and designer labels, this is a more curated thrift shop experience. Organizing every thing by color was a nice touch and lent itself to soothing shopping day. I almost felt like my money was going to a spa day. Never to return.

  • 4. The Coop DeVille Mercantil – Fayetteville

    Looking for vanity?We have them. Come in and see.

    Posted by The Coop DeVille Mercantil on Tuesday, February 15, 2022

    A local favorite! Loaded down with antique finds, art and an absolutely mind blowing amount of furniture, you’re all but guaranteed to walk out of here what that something you didn’t know

    you always needed. Clean booths, a wonderful layout (you’re not going to knock over a shelf of priceless glass pitchers from the Last Supper from cramped aisles) and the prices are more than reasonable. The bright, cheerful sign and the giant metal chicken out front also add to the fun! Bring a truck. Trust me.

  • 5. Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care

    It's volunteer appreciation month and we are so thankful for each and every one of you!

    Posted by Sandhills/Moore Coalition for Human Care on Monday, April 12, 2021

    Located in Moore county, a great shop with an even better cause, The Coalition Resale Shops strive to alleviate hunger and financial strains on local residents. Beyond that, they have a wonderful variety and a constant supply of new inventory. The super friendly and helpful all volunteer staff are also a bonus! The excellent prices guarantee you will find something can’t live without!

  • 6. Mama’s House of Thrift – Lillington

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    Posted by Mama’s House on Saturday, December 25, 2021

    A fellow treasure hunter friend of mine swears by this store! Clean, well-organized and with a friendly staff it makes treasure hunting a blast! Wonderful selection of kitchenware, toys and clothing. They have a very active Facebook page, listing sales on the regular.

  • Got other suggestions?