6 Best Thrift Stores in Fort Worth, Texas
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Thrift stores are a great way to cut your monthly spending by finding items gently used or even new with tags at steep discounts compared to retail prices. If you are on a tight budget, unemployed, or underemployed you might want to utilize thrift store shopping to meet your family's needs.
Here follows a fluctuating list of the best thrift stores in Fort Worth for your discount shopping needs. Find gently used and even new clothes, shoes, costumes, jewelry, furniture and more at bargain prices.
McCart Thrift - Family Thrift Center
McCart Thrift has been renamed Family Thrift Center and is now part of a chain of thrift stores. There is a loyalty card available and for every $10 you spend during the week, you get 10% off on Sunday. So if you spent $30 you'd have 30% your purchase the following Sunday.
I find it slightly difficult to actually use the discount once I get it, because if I've just made a big thrift store trip I'm probably not up for another one. In order to utilize this deal, I usually shop only in the clothing areas and once I get my coupon, return on Sunday to shop in the housewares and furniture areas.
Even though this store has been bought out by a chain in recent years, I still find it a great place to shop. It's huge and they have all types of goods. Mostly clothing, but there are easy to follow sections which break down clothing by type.
There are also sections for small housewares, home décor, furniture, and small appliances. By far, this is my favorite thrift store in all of Fort Worth. It has what I'm looking for: a huge selection and decent pricing.
5203 McCart Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76115 • 817-921-9971
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Family Thrift Outfit
My second preferred place to shop is Family Thrift Outfit on the north side of Fort Worth. The great thing about this resale shop is the pricing. Everything starts out on Thursday at $1.75 and reduces by $0.25 every single day until the following Wednesday when everything in the store is a quarter. Yes, you read that correctly: $0.25 on all goods!
Don't be fooled and think it must be a terrible place to shop because it's so cheap, or that since everything is such a bargain, the store will be cleaned out by the time you get there. Neither of these things is the case: there will be a bunch of junk there for you to pick through til you get tired of shopping!
I strongly advise that you plan on making an extended trip when you head to this store. It's not the kind of place you want to go in a time crunch. The one very small draw back is that's usually messy due to people going through there in such a rush and throwing things all over the place.
1950 Ephriham Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76164 • 817-625-0707
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Itsee Trading Company
This is my third favorite resale shop in terms of pricing, but probably my first favorite if I was ranking based on level of awesome clothing. I get the absolute coolest things here, some new, some vintage, all excellent additions to my wardrobe.
It isn't a large shop by any means but the space they do have is used well and very organized so you go right to the type of clothing or accessory you are looking for. There are also dressing rooms, which you can actually get into without waiting forever, and they are fairly big.
You'll be spending up to $30 a piece here but many of the items are designer and well worth it if you shop by brand name with the intention of keeping your clothes for a long time. In addition, they also buy clothes and offer a decent rate. Many thrift store shoppers are eBay sellers like me, but you'll want to consider selling here instead of selling online if you have the right type of clothing. Don't confuse this store as being something like Plato's Closet, I assure you it is not.
1617 Park Place Ave. Fort Worth, TX 76110 • 817-921-0694
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I'm including Thrift Town on this page because I have found some good things in there but it seems to be a store that's either very on or very off. I never found anything designer or vintage here, it's just plain old used goods. They do have everything though, from housewares to clothes to electronics.
The clothing sections are fairly well organized and the housewares and accessories sections are more so. That seems to be the best area for shopping in this store and I've found several things to resell on eBay here.
2444 Jacksboro Hwy. Fort Worth, TX 76114 • (817) 625-2864
River Oaks Goodwill
Of the three Goodwill stores that I shop at regularly in Fort Worth, this one on River Oaks is by far the best. I've found this store to have the best items, be the most organized, and have comparable prices to other Goodwill stores in the area.
Offered here are the regular things you expect to find at a Goodwill: clothing, accessories, some small furniture, and occasionally electronics. A good selection that is well laid out.
If you are resale store shopping in Fort Worth, definitely choose to hit this Goodwill location over the one on Mansfield Highway. That location used to be the hub for all of Fort Worth and usually had the best items with the fastest turnover, however this is no longer true. Unfortunately, Mansfield Highway now only sells items here by the pound, and you're faced with digging through pallets crammed with items to find what you want.
4445 River Oaks Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76114 • 817-626-3030
Blue Jeans Baby
YWCA Resale Shop
Located on Camp Bowie, this YWCA features clothing. There is a section of this shop called Redesign which is re-purposed furniture with quirky designs. I find that area to be not worth my time as the items are not to my taste and in my opinion, too expensive.
Otherwise, the store has a decent selection of used clothing, shoes, accessories, and organized books. I tend to find a very good selection of blue jeans at this shop. I've never quite been able to figure out why this is, perhaps it's the location, because this store does take direct donations. Of all the resale shops listed on this page, this is the number one location to go to if you're looking for jeans.
Tips for Thrift Store Shopping
- Be prepared to invest time in your shopping experience, I don't recommend trips that are going to be rushed.
- At the store, proceed to the section that is the most important to you first.
- In each section, take your time, give each item there at least a glance. With everything mixed together, it is very easy to overlook a good item if you start to rush.
- Once you find an item you are interested in, examine it thoroughly and carefully. Used items are not like brand new items and may have holes, stains, or be damaged in some other way. It's easy to overlook some things if you aren't being extremely careful.
- If you are shopping for clothes for yourself, try them on before you buy. Don't try to eye the fit even though the clothes are so cheap. Most resale shops don't take returns.
- Pay close attention when you are checking out, I've found many cashiers in stores like this that try and overcharge. So many that I believe they are doing it on purpose.
- Have fun! Discount shopping shouldn't be a pain.