New Orleans · Thrifty Shopping · Westbank - New Orleans

Favorite Thrift Stores ‘Round NOLA

 

Confession: I spend way too much time in thrift stores. I adore them. One might even say I have a thrift store “problem.” It doesn’t help that New Orleans has some of the best second-hand shopping in the South.

I don’t know what it is. Could it be the thrill of the find? Could it be the amazing savings? Could it be the story each little tchotchke could tell? (I like to imagine.) It could really be all of the above. I just know that my husband, Rudy, is very grateful that I get my retail therapy at second-hand prices rather than, say, Saks.

Rudy and I also like that 5 of the 7 stores listed below are revenue generators for amazing programs like adult rehabilitation centers, veterans’ programs, and programs dedicated to advancing the well being of women in New Orleans. Can’t ask for much more.

Since people know I have this addiction…errr…love, I am often asked which local stores are my favorites. So, here it is! My list of favorite thrift stores ’round NOLA:

Red, White and Blue – 2 locations

Eastbank: Jefferson Hwy., Harahan, LA 70121 http://redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com/JeffersonHwy_NewOrleans.html

Westbank: 604 Lapalco Blvd., Gretna, LA 70056   http://redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com/LapalcoBlvd_NewOrleans.html

Hours: M-Sat 9am-6pm

Payment Accepted: Cash Only (ATM on site)

What they do well: quick turnover of inventory means there is always something new; clothing is well organized by department and color; brand names; 9 registers for fast check out

Sale Info: Everyday = 50% off certain tag colors and departments; Wednesday = Senior Citizens Sale (55+ gets 50% off most departments and tag colors- must have valid ID); Saturday = 50% all departments and most tag colors

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Thrift City USA (Only AmVets Store in Louisiana!)

Location: 60 Terry Parkway, Gretna, LA 70056

Hours: M-F 9am-7pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 11am-6pm *Open until 8pm on 50% Sale Days!*

Payment Accepted: Cash & Credit Cards

What they do well: huge selection of clothing is organized; large book section; Sunday hours; Returns permitted with receipt within 7 days of purchase, if tags are intact!

Sale Info: Everyday = Military and Senior Citizen Discounts (10% off with valid ID) & colored tags rotate between 25%, 50% & 75% off (colors change every Monday); entire store 50% off every 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month.

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Salvation Army Family Thrift Store

Location: 100 Jefferson Hwy., New Orleans LA 70121 (504) 835-7130

http://salvationarmyalm.org/nola/thrift-store/

Hours:   M-T & Th-Sat 10a-6pm, W 10am-7pm

Payment Accepted: Cash and Credit Cards

What they do well: large furniture selection and fitting rooms allow you to try on clothes

Sale Info: Wednesdays = 50% off all clothes; Furniture = % off based on length of time on floor


Bridge House Super Thrift Store (Metairie)

Metairie: 7901 Airline Drive, Metairie, LA

Hours: T-Sat 10am-5:30pm

http://www.bridgehouse.org/support-us/thrift-stores/

Payment Accepted: Cash & Credit Card

What they do well: Items are fabulously displayed; large furniture selection; bundles furniture for further discounts; new inventory daily

Sale Info: Manager’s Sale of the Day – sometimes 75% off entire departments; Red slash items = 50% off

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Pelican Furniture & Thrift

Location: 341 N. Hennessey St., New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 483-9996

Hours:   M-Sat 10am-6pm

Payment Accepted: (tbd)

What they do well: FURNITURE! You name it, they probably have it or will have it.

Sale Info: (tbd)

**Note: This is a warehouse setting. No a/c or heat.**

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Bloomin’ Deals – Junior League of New Orleans Resale Boutique

Location: 4645 Feret Street, New Orleans, LA

https://www.jlno.org/thriftshop

Hours:   M-W & F-Sat 10am-6pm, Thurs 10a-7p

Payment Accepted: Cash & Credit Cards

What they do well: Advertise promos via multiple social media outlets; brand name items; “boutique” sections for adult and children

Sale Info: $10 Bag Days (One Saturday in March and October – whatever you can fit in given bag is $10), 50% off sales on holidays – follow them on social media for notice


Goodwill

Favorite Location: 3400 Tulane Avenue New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 483-9932

5 locations in GNO area http://goodwillno.org/locations/index.htm

Hours:   M-Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 12-6p

Payment Accepted: Cash & Credit Card

What they do well: large fitting rooms allow you to try on clothes; Sunday hours; HUGE store with high turnover in inventory means you can always find a good deal; great book section

Sale Info: Everyday = Senior Citizen Discount (55+: 15% off with valid ID)

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Others that bear mention:

Family Thrift Center: 6620 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, LA 70072

St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store: 4034 4th Street, Marrero, LA 70072

No Fleas Market: 4228 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70115


 

ohfl - best of

Best Daily Sales – Thrift City USA; Red, White & Blue; Bridge House

Best Furniture – Salvation Army; Bridge House Super Thrift Store; Pelican  Furniture & Thrift

Best Kids’ Clothes –  Thrift City USA; Red, White & Blue – Both

Best Toy Selection – Red, White & Blue- Westbank

Best Plus Sized Selection – Red, White & Blue- Westbank (By far…no comparison to any other)

Most Organized – Bridge House Super Thrift Store; Red, White & Blue – Both; Thrift City USA


 

 

ohfl - top two

Thrift City USA  &  Red, White & Blue – Westbank

 

Both happen to be located on the Westbank and a very short drive from one another. Both are 20,000+ sq feet of thrifting heaven, well organized and easy to navigate. Both locations offer awesome daily sales, on top of some of the lowest prices in NOLA, with a huge inventory that changes quickly. Both have ample employees to keep the store clean, stocked, and flowing efficiently. Both offer easy and ample parking. Both are stroller-friendly and have a large supply of shopping baskets to accommodate shoppers. I never leave either location without finding a basket full something I have. to. have. Some of my favorite earthly possessions have come from Thrift City USA or the Westbank Red, White & Blue.

I would love to hear which thrift stores you like best! Leave a note in the comments below.

Say, “Hi!” to ya Momma and ‘nem,

Hope

 

 

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