With holiday shopping finally over, many of us find ourselves low on funds. But here in New Orleans, there are plenty of options for great finds on a budget. Plus, with carnival season just around the corner, thrift stores are a great way to score fun looks for the season. Whether you’re looking for a statement piece, or want to re-purpose an antique for a DIY project, we’ve got lots of great, local thrift stores for you to peruse. Take your time and browse the aisles. You never know what hidden gems you’ll walk away with.
Junk’s Above – As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That couldn’t be more true about Junk’s Above, a thrift store in Mid-City that has about as much character on the outside as you’ll find within the store. You’ll find everything from antique records, handheld suitcases, metal lockboxes, board games, retro motorcycle helmets, and framed illustrations from the ’50s. This shop is loaded with unique finds. 4626 D Hemecourt St.
YEP Thrift Works – Founded as a workplace development program for at-risk youth, YEP Thrift Works sells everything from toys and DVDs to clothing and housewares. YEP, which stands for Youth Empowerment Program, opened the thrift store a little over two years ago. Add this stop to your thrifting itinerary, and shop fun finds while giving back to New Orleans youth. 1604 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Bridge House Thrift Stores – There are two incarnations of Bridge House Thrift Stores (run by a local charity that provides services to recovering addicts), and they both offer up some of the choicer second-hand clothes you’ll find. The prices are definitely a bit higher than your typical thrift store, but the clothes seem to come straight from the closets of the Garden District. So if you’re looking for a Perlis jacket or Brooks Brothers suit shirt, this is a good place to start. They also have an extensive collection of furniture, and are pretty open to haggling if you see something you must have. All funds go directly to the Bridge House/Grace House substance abuse treatment program. 4243 Earhart Blvd. and 7901 Airline Dr.
Restoration Thrift – Restoration Thrift promises: your treasure awaits. This gem of a store can be found down in the Bywater near Frenchmen Street. Give this store a visit to find inspiration for your next DIY project. The ultimate thrifters can even become part of the Treasure Hunters club, an email list where you’ll receive exclusive coupons and first notice of sales. 2025 St. Claude Ave.
Thrift City USA – While a little outside the confines of New Orleans proper, Thrift City USA is the reincarnation of an old New Orleans establishment. Thrift City was once located at Tulane and Carrollton, next to the old Rock n’ Bowl, and was the place to go for Mardi Gras and Halloween costumes, along with cheap, fun furniture and clothes. After 2005 it was relocated to the West Bank, making the stock less picked over as fewer people make the trek across the bridge. Now, the spacious thrift shop carries an extensive selection of clothes and shoes for adults and children. It’s worth a quick drive to the other side. 601 Terry Pkwy.