Whether it means waking up at 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings to go to yard sales or taking the first weekend of each month to go to Metrolina Tradeshow Expo for the Collectibles and Antiques Show, you can find inexpensive knick-knacks, clothes, furniture, and more. The best part about living in Charlotte, North Carolina is you are near to hundreds of consignment stores, thrift shops, antique barns, and other discount opportunities.
119 N. Ames St. Matthews, NC 28105
This quaint thrift shop offers a range of things from clothes of all sizes to kitchen appliances. Not only are the prices very reasonable but, better yet, this volunteer-run thrift boutique gives their proceeds to “help ease local poverty.”
11416 “D” Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105
This consignment store specializes in upscale furniture, home décor, and collectibles. Consignment 1st’s professional atmosphere and items in excellent condition result in a marriage of volunteer-run shopping and affordable prices.
9630-J University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28213
9623 E Independence Blvd., Matthews, NC 28105
Plato’s Closet is a national chain of “recycling retail stores” that buy and sell gently used clothes; but here is what makes them different from other consignment stores, they only sell the latest trends and brand names. Geared towards the teen/young adult crowd, this store is an easy solution to spending less but still keeping up with the current looks.
1133 N Wendover Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
3326 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28208
ReStore takes donated items and sells them to the public at a reduced cost, “usually 50-70 percent of the original retail value.” ReStore specializes in selling appliances, cabinets, furniture, home décor, and hardware. The proceeds from the items you purchase go toward building local Habitat homes.
4301-C Park Rd., Charlotte, NC 28209
On top of selling antiques and furniture, this shop has the entire market on secondhand custom draperies, bedspreads, and pillows in Charlotte. With convenient shopping located on their website, a 24-hour return policy and a “Wish List” service (notifying you when an item you are looking for comes into the store), Classic Attic is one of the most customer-friendly stores.
120 E Charles St., Matthews, NC 28105
Just a few minutes from Charlotte, this hidden treasure located in the heart of downtown Matthews is a gold mine for discounted children’s clothing and accessories. Karrousel Kids has a unique consignment system that allows prices to be some of the lowest in the Charlotte area. From newborn to maternity clothing, toys, shoes, and specialty retail boutique items, this store has a lot to offer.
2400 Park Rd., Suite 2-A, Charlotte, NC 28203
This consignment store, located in Dilworth, carries consigned couture clothing and accessories for women. J.T. Posh’s secondhand items are in excellent condition. In addition to consigned clothing, they are well known their new, affordable gifts.
1222 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203
This consignment store specializes in high-end designer clothes for men. From Rock & Republic jeans to Banana Republic boots, this store offers men the most fashionable clothing at a fraction of the original price.
1616 Camden Rd., Charlotte, NC 28203
Located in Charlotte’s historic South End, this exchange shop holds designer home furnishings, lighting, rugs, china, and crystal. They also feature art from local and regional artists. Their website states that they feature things “from unusual to the ordinary, from the 18th century to today,” making South End Exchange a place for everyone to find something.
3405 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28217
Proceeds from the Thrift Shop help fund Assistance League of Charlotte philanthropic programs. Bargains abound in gently used items such as furniture, clothing, books, toys, jewelry, household items, electronics, computers, shoes, sports equipment, and baby items. Assistance League members staff the store and help provide an enjoyable shopping experience for each customer.
Their programs supply school uniforms and winter coats to children in need, supplement nutrition by providing snacks to schools and provide scholarships to accomplished high school seniors and college students. In addition, they run the Mecklenburg County Teen Court which gives teens a second chance by allowing them to avoid a misdemeanor record on the first offense if they plead guilty and complete community service.