As our 2018-2019 school year begins, you’ve suddenly realized, there is nothing in your closet to wear. In need of clothes for cheap? Don’t worry. This article will cover the top six places to thrift. This way, you can buy a lot for a little and help the environment at the same time.

The first stop on our list is Last Chance thrift store. This is a super traditional thrift store. It even smells like a happy wallet. A lot of what you’ll find in Last Chance is things that can get cut up and/or turned into something else. They have an insane amount of jeans and a whole lot of other things besides clothes. If you’re looking for something really cheap, Last Chance is the place to go.

2935 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033

I’ve been shopping at Plato’s Closet since sixth grade and have never left disappointed. Although their prices are a little higher than places like Last Chance, and they have mostly women’s clothes, Plato’s Closet is one of my all-time favorites. Unlike traditional thrift stores, you can sell clothes and shoes to them. They can give you your money back as store credit or cash. You might not get a whole lot of money off of it, but you’re not being wasteful. Aside from that, it’s still money. In addition, the store offers Student ID Discount Days! Every Wednesday, bringing a school idea will allow for 20% off your entire purchase. They carry a lot of name brands and an endless amount of heels. For clothes shopping, Plato’s closet is something I would definitely recommend.

2480 Briarcliff Rd NE #2, Atlanta, GA 30329

Rag-O-Rama is one of the coolest stores in Little Five Points. It’s a sea of fashionable clothes. Sometimes, when I walk up to the door of the store, I feel like I should change before I step inside. Rag-O-Rama carries high quality name brands but is pretty expensive for a thrift store. They have a great selection of both men and women’s clothes and an insane amount of sunglasses. I would recommend Rag-O-Rama to someone specifically for the shoes they carry. They have great quality shoes and great brands for pretty great prices. Rag-O-Rama is the place to go thrifting if you want a really great selection that’s a little more expensive than regular thrifting.

1111 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Finders Keepers is a thrift store with three locations. One is a boutique in North Decatur. Another is a furnishings store on East College Ave. Lastly, they have a “fashions” store that is located in Avondale. Last year, my project week group did a documentary about Lifeline, an animal shelter in Decatur. We visited the Finders Keepers in Avondale which usually has a cat at the store from Lifeline who is looking for a home. That doesn’t really have anything to do with thrifting but who doesn’t want to pet a cat in addition to spending, and saving both money and the environment. In the past, Finders Keepers has donated money to help animal rescue at Lifeline which is located really close to the store itself. This is similar to Last Chance, in that it carries things that are not just clothes. In addition to that, one of their locations is next to Suno, which I think is one of the best places for bubble tea in Atlanta. Who doesn’t need bubble tea after thrifting?

A couple more thrift stores that are important to quickly mention include Value Village and Goodwill; both are classic thrift stores. Value Village has two locations: one on Moreland Ave and another on Metropolitan Pkwy. Goodwill has over 15 locations inside of Atlanta. Goodwill works to employ people without jobs and improve life for them. Shopping there is not only doing your wallet a service, it is also helping those in need of work. In addition to thrift shopping, consider donating or re-selling clothes that are gently used. Clothes that are secondhand don’t need to be thrown away.

So next time, before you empty that wallet and make your way over to the mall, consider thrifting! Save the environment and your money.

Ava Wong