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« on: August 24, 2004 08:40:10 PM »

hi, i was wondering if you guys knew any good thrift stores i can go to??

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« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2004 08:54:24 PM »

Well the obvious places are around belmont and clark. Those are more selective thrift stores with pricier items. Some of these places include Ragstock, Hollywood Mirror, the top floor of the Army Surplus store, Pink Monkey, etc. Another more selective thrift store includes Strange Cargo on Clark street more towards addison (Wrigley Field).

If you want the cheap stuff (as in real Thrift stores) you can try any Village Discount store. They have locations all over the place including a huge one at the end of the brown line (kimball stop), and somewhere near damen and roscoe. There's also Something Old Something New on Belmont west of the El stop on the North side of the street. Plus salvation army is also another safe bet.

Yeah that seems like enough. Well good luck with your thrift store endeavors!
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« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2004 09:04:55 PM »

"unique" is the most ubiquitos thirft store in chicago.  there are about 8 zillion of them on the south side and then one around elston and kedzie on the north side.  just google "unique thrift store chicago" and you'll get a listing of all of them.  they're effin' cheap and usually pretty good because the hipsters usually don't go down to the south side to strip their racks of good clothes.  i get great fabric (and sheets and pillowcases to use for fabric) there too.

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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2004 10:44:14 PM »

"Unique" is BY FAR my favorite thift store ever!!! I used to go to the one way, way way out there in south chicago heights, on chicago road (i think) they have (or had, haven't been there in awhile) 1/2 price mondays, where everything in the store was 1/2 price. i've even dragged my mom with me there on mondays .
anyway, if you can, it's worth checking out. i live in hawaii now, and wish to god we had anything even close to a unique here!

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« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2004 04:14:12 PM »

my brother brought me there a while ago! he got a bunch of stuff but i coodnt find anything Angry he said we went on the worst day of the week, tuesday, because they restock on wednesdays. he said we'll go sometime but he's in college now so i hafta to wait till like, thankgiving. grr.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2004 04:36:38 PM »

"Unique" is the best thrift store ever.  My family lives really close to the one on the North Side (Elston and Kimball.)  I had no idea that there were more on the south side!  I am excited that I will be home this weekend so I can go for 1/2 price Mondays!!!!  YEAH.  I usually go to the Village thrifts stores also.  There is a HUGE on on Kedzie...not sure of the address, but north of Irving Park.  I love in CT now and there are no good, cheap thrifts stores here......T-shirts are $3.50 at the Goodwill!!!!
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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2004 08:26:05 AM »

I personally love the Salvation Army at Clybourn and Elston.  It's 2 floors ---huge.  The con is that many things are overpriced, but they will bargain with you.  They also get a lot of "rejects" (gadgets and home stuff, not clothes) from the Target down the street.

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« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2004 08:31:05 PM »

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Lots of old band shirts, and lunchboxes.  Kind of pricey, but if you really look, you can sometimes find something rare.

Other than that, I agree that Unique is by far the best!  There is one about 15 min from where I live, so I practically live there on Mondays. Cheesy



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« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2004 03:02:10 PM »

At the Milwaukee Damen North intersection there are a bunch of really great places. I strongly recommend the Brown Elephant just south and east of Damen on Milwaukee. They have EVERYTHING there- I got a tweed newsboy cap for three dollars! Lenny & Me and Una Mae's Freak Boutique are also really good.

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2004 03:42:13 PM »

i always go to the village discount on 2800 n halsted (just cause it's only a few blocks from where i live), but i second unique and the village discounts in the city!  the village on roscoe and damen is good, the one on irving park and kedzie (i think?) and theres one on north clark, around clark/argyle.  i've found awesome vintage nike shoes for under $5!  OH also check out the ragstock downtown, its on wabash and.. uhm.. madison maybe?  or a few blocks further south.  there is never anybody in there, and they always seem to have good stuff.  it's more expensive than your average thrift store, but like i said you can find some great stuff! 

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