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New Wardrobe for $20? Yes, Please! Thrift Shopping in the Upper Valley

Blog Author - Flossy Courtemanche
Flossy Courtemanche

If you’re looking for something fun to do, but you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you’ve come to the right place. The Upper Valley is home to nearly two dozen thrift and consignment shops selling everything from clothing to antiques, appliances to home building materials.


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Patronizing these stores will definitely save you money. But they are also a great way to contribute to some of the key social service agencies in the area.

Every purchase you make at one of LISTEN’s four stores helps provide heating fuel and free meals to those in need. A purchase at Whiskers’ helps save the lives of pets in need of emergency medical treatment. A purchase from a Salvation Army shop lends assistance to 25 million Americans each year.

This is guilt-free shopping at its best. What follows is a partial list of discount shops in the Upper Valley.

Bradford, Vermont
Robert’s Thrift Store

This nonprofit shop operated by Bradford resident Robert Nutting is tucked in on the lower level of the buildings that line Main Street. Proceeds benefit Orange East Senior Center.

Canaan, New Hampshire
LISTEN Community Thrift 

To provide assistance to those in need throughout the Upper Valley, LISTEN operates four different thrift stores. This one, located at 236 US Route 4, sells a little bit of everything.

Claremont, New Hampshire
Changes Thrift Store

Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Turning Points Network, which works to prevent domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking. Find the shop at 55 Pleasant Street.

Kit ‘N Kaboodle

This for-profit consignment shop located at 16 Tremont Street has gently used clothing for toddlers to adults, jewelry, and arts and crafts items.

Outfit U! & Furnishings Too!

Run out of a two-story blue house at 159 Pleasant Street, this shop sells used and painted furniture, home furnishings, and collectibles.

Enfield, New Hampshire
Whiskers’ Shop

Since 2000, this shop on US Route 4 has been selling donated items to raise money for A Helping Paw Humane Society. The main mission is to provide emergency medical care to pets whose owners need financial assistance.

Grantham, New Hampshire
Closet Treasures

A for-profit consignment shop located directly opposite the post office has two floors of clothing and accessories for the whole family, plus equipment and furniture for infants and children.

Hanover, New Hampshire
Pink Alligator

For a long time, this for-profit consignment shop located inside the Nugget Arcade on Main Street sold upscale clothing and accessories for women. Now they’ve added men’s clothing to the store.

Hartford, Vermont
SEVCA Good Buy

SEVCA provides critical services to low income residents in Windsor County. Shop from donated items at 676 Hartford Avenue.

COVER Home Repair

All manner of building materials, furniture, and appliances are for sale at 158 South Main Street. Proceeds allow volunteers to make needed home repairs for those in need.

LISTEN Furniture

When furniture donations outgrew the space at existing stores, LISTEN added this furniture and appliance outlet at 608 North Main Street.

Revolution

Like your thrift with a bit more panache? Revolution starts with a core of pristine vintage & contemporary consignment clothing, but also showcases a series of collections from local and independent designers.

Lebanon, New Hampshire
LISTEN

Clothes, books, and small home furnishings are available to support LISTEN at 60 Hanover Street just at the edge of downtown.

Orford, New Hampshire
Windfall Consignment

Open Tuesday through Saturday, in a stand-alone building opposite the Orford Service Station on US Route 10, Windfall sells clothes for teens and adult men and women. They also squeeze in some equestrian items.

West Lebanon, New Hampshire
Salvation Army

Located off the main drag of Route 12-A, this nonprofit shop sells clothing for the whole family, small household items, and some furniture.

Abby’s Closet

You’ll find this consignment shop just around the corner from the Salvation Army store at 11 Interchange Drive. They offer more women’s clothing—including maternity wear—than men’s, and also have baby furniture, books, and toys.

Consign & Design Center

They sell furniture, art, jewelry, antiques, and collectibles at 35 Main Street.

LISTEN

The thrift store at 42 Maple Street is attached to a community center where free meals are served and teenagers find constructive ways to spend their free time.

Want to learn more about the good work being done by Upper Valley nonprofit groups? Check out our blog post!