Your rent has increased by 40% or more. A dozen eggs cost over $3. Gas prices are finally falling, but not enough.
Yes, we are all feeling the pinch of the post-pandemic era.
Because it’s so important to look good when you’re crying on the inside, it’s good to know that there are some great thrift stores in Miami. We’ve found a handful of places all over Miami-Dade where you can pick up pre-loved outfits that look like they were purchased from Nordstrom.
Hmmok: Nordstrom rack.
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Talk about your treasures. This cluttered, somewhat moldy store, filled to the brim, has gold in its hills. You’ll feel like you’re shopping at an estate sale. Think collectibles, appliances, stationery, costume jewelry, and even, in these pre-recession times, a $1 bin. Feel-Good Factor: Proceeds are donated to cancer research, patient care and education at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and UM Miller School of Medicine.
1350 W. Flagler Street, Miami; 305-643-2945
Vice President Kamala Harris put this Little Havana thrift store on the world map when she visited on her trip to town in early August. Harris bought four floral dessert plates and a white ceramic teapot ($60 for both), we were told. All proceeds go to LEAP, helping incarcerated women find housing, employment and support when they are released. Sift through the narrow, uncluttered space for a number of lightly used pieces from well-known brands such as Banana Republic, J. Crew and Kenneth Cole; almost everything is priced at $12. At 11 a.m. every Tuesday, Dragonfly is hosting a “Designer Drop,” five exclusive pieces for women that go on sale until they sell out. “It’s something to keep our customers engaged,” says manager Cheyanne Guzy, who says a Louis Vuitton plaid hobo bag an eagle-eyed consumer snatched up for $1,200 (actually, a good deal). Hurry if you want a brand new Prada handbag for $750 (and 20% off for new customers). “There are beautiful things”
3141 SW Eighth St., Miami; 833-757-5327, www.dragonflythrift.org
This airy, boho-chic spot doubles as a living room with plush sofas and seating (there’s also a staff kitchen). The majority of the clothes here have never been worn, with original tags still intact to make you feel like the fabulous frugalist that you are. We nabbed a Michael Kors striped bandage dress for $20; a baby blue Venus top for $8; and a gold leather belt that was priceless, so they sold it for $5. Proceeds go to a great cause, The Lotus House, the nation’s largest women’s and children’s shelter.
2040 NW 7th Avenue, Miami; 305-576-4112, www.lotushousethrift.org
red white blue
The trip here right in the middle of Hialeah’s Flamingo Plaza is a rite of passage for any bargain hunter. This pennypincher’s paradise is home to literally thousands of incredibly organized items, from housewares and bedding to accessories and (obviously) color-coded clothes. Grab a cart and pick up some serious gems (eg, Jimmy Choo heels for $59, a custom Glaser Designs handbag for $5, and a Reiss frilly blouse for $3). This place is cash only, but there is an ATM on site. Bonus: Head to Thrift City and Community Family Thrift in the same mall if you have the energy left (and money in your budget).
901 E. 10th Avenue, Hialeah; 305-887-5351, www.redwhiteandbluethriftstore.com
North Miami location: 12640 NE Sixth Ave., North Miami; 305-893-1104
Recently relocated to downtown’s Citadel Food Hall, this vintage shop is crammed with not only men’s and women’s clothing, but also art, toys, games, furniture, instruments and trinkets to choose from. galore. If you can’t find your favorite band tee or an over-the-top Halloween costume here (we’ve got our eye on a sparkly flapper dress for $14), you’re not looking hard enough. The dressing room is a bit cramped and dark, so don’t expect to try too much. Don’t forget to leave a note in their famous freestanding toilet that collects bad karma. “The shop is an organized chaos,” says owner Nassie Shahoulian. “An eclectic time machine.”
8300 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; 305-989-0519
This N That
This historic thrift store has been a destination for bargain hunters for 63 years (yes) when it was started by the Women’s Fellowship of Plymouth Congregational Church. The independent non-profit organization distributes proceeds from more than $100,000 in annual sales to approximately two dozen local charities. “We welcome everyone from the homeless to people who live in the most expensive homes in Coconut Grove,” says Edith Georgi, criminal defense attorney and UM law professor. Photos and descriptions of many items are posted on the door to aid in the browsing process. Recent bargains include a scarlet Nicole Miller handbag for $7.50 (original tag says $88). Cha Ching! “We don’t maintain any set sales targets,” says Georgi. “We keep it simple and do what we can do with the donations we receive.”
3155 Commodore Plz., Coconut Grove; 305-448-2114, www.coconutgrove.com
This story was originally published August 26, 2022 12:49 p.m.