Thrift shopping is all the rage lately — for good reason! There are many local shops where you can find rare and interesting items, high end clothes and shoes, and, sometimes, even brand new items for a fraction of the price. The key to finding great stuff, though, is knowing where to look.
We recently asked the thousands of locals following our Facebook page to tell us about their favorite area thrift stores — and now we’re sharing the results with you. Without further day, here’s our round-up of the 10 best thrift stores in Bradenton (according to the locals).
1. Manatee Memorial Foundation Thrift Shop
We were absolutely blown away by how many people recommended Manatee Memorial Foundation Thrift Shop! It’s known for being super-clean and having extremely friendly volunteers. They always have a wide variety of high-quality items and very reasonable prices. This is a great place to shop for clothing, jewelry, household items, craft and sewing items, furniture, books, and more!
Best of all, you’ll feel great knowing that the money you spend is going to an excellent cause! The shop is run by auxiliary volunteers and all of the proceeds benefit Manatee Memorial Foundation, which offers scholarships and funding to multiple agencies and charities in Manatee County.
The Manatee Memorial Thrift Shop is located at 4517 Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. They’re open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 4 pm (closed on Sundays). Donations to the shop are both needed and accepted. They also offer pick-up for large items, like furniture and working appliances. Want more information? Call them at 941-745-2047.
Have you visited Manatee Memorial Thrift Shop before? If so, head over to their listing and leave them a review!
2. You Never Know Thrift Store
You Never Know Thrift Store is a unique and friendly shop that gets its name from the ever-changing inventory — you never know what you’re going to find! You can count on them for fair and honest pricing, and they’ll even deliver large items.
Visitors love the store’s cleanliness and the “like-new” quality of many items. The owner Fred and the rest of the staff are incredibly friendly and the customer service is top-notch.
You Never Know Thrift Store is located at 5529 Manatee Ave. West in Bradenton. They’re open from 9 am until 5 pm Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting them before, head over to their profile and leave them a review!
3. Loving Hands Thrift Store
Loving Hands Thrift Store supports Loving Hands Ministries, a 2-year-minimum residential discipleship training program for men with life-controlling issues.
You won’t find a lot of junk here — they have high-quality items, most of which have a “cool factor.” It’s a great place to find unique home decor, furniture, clothes for adults and children, and more!
This shop is located at 719 Manatee Ave. East in Bradenton. They’re open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am until 2 pm (closed Sundays). They’re currently accepting donations and are also looking for volunteers. Check out their website for more information and head over to their profile to leave them a review.
4. Hope Chest
Another great way to support a wonderful cause, Hope Chest is a thrift store that benefits Hope Family Services, an organization that serves survivors of domestic violence in Manatee County.
This shop is very clean and very organized. You’ll always find a diverse selection of high-quality items here. It’s also a great place to score some awesome holiday decorations, so make sure you stop here when you’re ready to get festive!
Hope Chest is located in downtown Bradenton, at 1215 8th Ave. West. They’re open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am until 3 pm.
5. Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center
If you’re looking for high-quality women’s’ clothing, jewelry, and accessories, you definitely want to pay a visit to The Unique Boutique of the Women’s Resource Center. This upscale resale shop offers tons of gently worn, brand name women’s clothing, shoes, belts, handbags, and more. They carry a wide selection of sizes and styles and all at amazingly low prices!
Even better, all proceeds go to support the programs and services offered by The Women’s Resource Center. Donations are accepted at the WRC, located at 1926 Manatee Avenue. All donations are then sorted and distributed between the resale boutique and the Career Closet at the Center.
The Unique Boutique is located in downtown Bradenton, at 417 12th Ave. West, Suite 103. They’re open Tuesday through Friday from 11 am until 3 pm.
If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting The Unique Boutique, please head over to their profile and leave them a review!
6. Sunshine Thrift Store
Sunshine Thrift Store‘s tagline is “Your First-Class Secondhand Store” and we think this is a great description! It’s a huge thrift store with a wide selection of men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, household items, bedding, linens, furniture, jewelry, shoes, and more!
The store is over 13,000 square feet and they say they have over 30,000 items stocked at any one time. It’s easy to shop here, since the clothing is all organized by gender, type of clothing, condition, size and even color in some instances.
The Bradenton store is located at 3611 1st St. E. They’re open 7 days a week, 362 days a year. The store’s hours are 9 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 7 pm on Saturday, and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
7. CURV Exchange
CURV Exchange is an award-winning upscale, Trendy REsale Boutique that sells & trades sizes 14-34(6x). They carry high-quality plus size clothing as well as jewelry and purses! They also have an online shop.
The store is well-organized and the staff is extremely friendly, making this a must-stop shop. It’s located at 5165 14th St. W. The hours are Monday through Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm. Thursday and Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 5 pm.
If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting CURV Exchange, head over to their profile and leave them a review!
8. Eclectic Consignment
If you’re looking for beautiful home decor and other items at very reasonable prices, you’ll want to add Eclectic Consignment to your list of places to visit. This cute shop is full of fun treasures, including quality furnishings, artwork, and designer clothing.
They have a great selection and will also sell items on consignment for you. When items are donated, a portion of the proceeds from the sale goes to benefit local no-kill animal shelters. (Please call them before bringing donations).
Eclectic Consignment is located at 3312 Manatee Ave. West. Their hours are Tuesday 9 am to 4 pm, Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm (closed Sunday and Monday).
9. Unique Outlet and Thrift Store
Another clean and organized shop, Unique Outlet and Thrift Store has a ton of high-quality, hand-picked new and gently used clothing items for men, women, and children. They also have a large selection of shoes and accessories, household goods, toys, and more. In addition, you can shop online for cool furniture with FREE local shipping and in-store local pickup available.
Make sure you check out their discount days, including Military Monday, Senior Day, Men’s Day, Children’s Day, Ladies Day, and more!
Unique Outlet is located at 5828 14th St. West in Bradenton. Their hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm and Sunday from 9 am until 6 pm.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center. They sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of the retail price.
The proceeds from the sales support Habitat for Humanity, which builds homes, community, and hope locally and around the world.
The ReStore is located at 5108 15th St. E. in Bradenton. Their hours are 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday (closed on Sunday).
There you have it! Ten great places to find cool stuff, save some money, and reduce what ends up in landfills. We hope you check out at least a few of these shops. When you do, don’t forget to tell them you heard about it on Discover Bradenton!