We asked, you answered: 11 of the best thrift stores in Michigan

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By Lucas Henkel

January 23, 2024

‘Gander readers weighed in with their favorite places to go thrifting in Michigan.

MICHIGAN—From vintage clothing and furniture to antique tchotchkes and sports memorabilia, it’s easy to get lost amidst the shelves of a good thrift store. Plus, thrifting allows folks to support small businesses and local organizations—a huge win for both your wallet and your community. 

We asked readers to reveal their go-to places to thrift in Michigan and put together a list of nearly a dozen thrift stores around the state where Michiganders can find their newest treasure. 

Eastern Michigan

Kiwanis Thrift Sale

100 N. Staebler Rd. Suite C, Ann Arbor

Google Review: “What a GREAT thrift store! The entire concept is amazing! They take donations, then turn around and sell the items to support their good works for charities. They have a fantastic selection of housewares, clothing, shoes, toys, games, furniture, and collectibles.  Amazing place to shop!”—Florena B

See what others have discovered by visiting Kiwanis Thrift Sale on Facebook

Value World 

1410 E. Michigan Ave., Ypsilanti

Google Review: “I always find great and new things at this location. The staff is always very helpful and kind. One time I had so much stuff that one young man helped me to my car. This is my favorite store.”—Oro B. 

See what other Michiganders are discovering at Value World on Facebook

Hailey James Exchange Consignment & Boutique

7097 Dixie Hwy., Clarkston

Google Review: “I love to browse through all the different departments. I always find something for a gift or a decorative item that I just can’t live without. And the people working are always friendly. They also host a lot of events throughout the year. Something NEW and FUN! We need more businesses like this one in our towns.”—Jeanne W.

See what this women-owned consignment and vendor boutique has to offer by following them on Facebook.

Mid-Michigan

Habitat ReStore

954 E. Grand River Ave., Williamston

Google Review: “They have a lot of great items. Especially if you’re going out on your own without a ton of money to spend. Very reasonably priced, good quality items.”—Gretchen B. 

See what shopping for a good cause does by visiting Habitat ReStore’s Facebook

MSU Surplus Store

468 Green Way, East Lansing

Google Review: “This facility collects used items and resells them at a much lower price than the original. They have everything from office supplies to clothing, they have electronics, books, and furniture. It is a great way for people to practice ‘reuse, reduce and recycle!”—Charles G. 

To see what the MSU Surplus Store has to offer, check out their online website or their Facebook.

Northern Michigan

Townline Bargain Barn 

2010 E. Parkdale Ave., Manistee

Google Review: “The place you always find something you didn’t know you needed. One of my favorite stores. Bring cash—they don’t accept card.”—Sarah

To see what folks are bringing home from The Barn, visit their Facebook

Just Bargains

142 S. Pere Marquette Hwy., Ludington

Google Review: “So much stuff and impossibly low prices. Tools? Yep. Hardware? Yep. Paint? Oh yeah. Home goods? Yes. Outdoor stuff, pool toys, clothing, tarps, bungee cords…. yep. Party supplies? They have those too! Worth the stop if you’ve never been there.”—Kevin S

This thrift store has more to offer than just bargains. If you find something cool, show it off and tag us on Facebook and/or Instagram.

West Michigan

Flashback on Leonard

1136 Leonard St. NW, Grand Rapids

Google Review: “Leonard is a hidden gem of a street with Flashback being my favorite spot to frequent. I’ve been a regular shopper since I moved to Grand Rapids and the owner Peri is a huge reason as to why I felt welcomed in Grand Rapids. You will NEVER find cooler clothes for cheaper prices and you will absolutely never buy these things from anyone cooler.”—Axel F. 

See what all the cool kids are buying from Flashback on their Facebook

Southern Michigan

G&M Variety 

307 State Street, St. Joseph

Google Review: “Brings back memories from my childhood. Great selection of items from hobby material to games and every day sundries. Found everything we were looking for and more at a great price.”—Linus

Step back in time and see what this old-fashioned “five-and-dime” shop has to offer by visiting their Facebook

Legacy Thrift 

2375 E. Milham Ave., Portage

Google Review: “Everything I look for in a thrift store is here. It was very organized and had consistent signage regarding pricing. The volunteers were friendly and helpful.”—M.T.

To see what other folks have found at Legacy Thrift, follow them on Facebook

Thrift Shop Association

119 S. Monroe St., Monroe 

Google Review: “Great place with wonderful ladies who are very helpful. Have found many things over the years that we were looking for at a good price. When we donate this is where we bring things and they are always appreciative.”—CJ F.

See what tags are being popped at this thrift shop by checking out their Facebook

Author

  • Lucas Henkel

    Lucas Henkel is a multimedia reporter who strives to inform and inspire local communities. Before joining The 'Gander, Lucas served as a journalist for the Lansing City Pulse.

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