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That’s right. An original thriftster.
My mom started thrift shopping a few years ago during a weight loss journey. She didn’t want to buy brand new clothes each time she dropped down to a new size, and I began accompanying her to our local Goodwill in Grand Island, Neb.
Then, I got my first apartment in college, and while everyone else was piecing together their Ikea furniture, my roommate and I were buying vintage yellow arm chairs and funky nightstands to fill out our cozy but crappy two bedroom apartment. You definitely have to dig at ARES, but this shop is a legitimate thrift shop.
Plus, ARES supports Boulder and Boulder County organizations like Boulder County SafeHouse, the Mental Health Center and the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, so you can feel good about your shopping benefiting the community.
Rags, a consignment shop, has a solid selection of trendy and professional clothing.
For the truly thrifty, it’s a bit overpriced and not what you’d consider a traditional thrift shop, but their consignment model is unique. You bring clothes in and receive 40 percent after the items sell. If they don’t sell, you can pick them back up and try again later.
Boulder Humane Society Thrift ShopBecause who doesn’t want to support the cute pups and kitties of Boulder? This shop also lists their items on Craigslist and eBay, so you can scope out the deals before you head over. You can also volunteer to work at the shop.
Front Range Mercantile Indoor Flea Market
If you’re willing to make the trek to Longmont, this flea market is worth it. Here you’ll find antiques at a reasonable price, plus really friendly employees who understand great customer service. People claim to be “addicted” to this flea market because of its hidden treasures. It doesn’t even have a website, which gives the shop a secret vibe.
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