The 7 Best Thrift Stores in Grand Rapids (Local Picks)

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Do you wear your grandad’s clothes? Do you look incredible?

If you’re gonna pop some tags and only have twenty dollars in your pocket, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s discover some of the best thrift shops in Grand Rapids.

Get in your car – most of the best thrift stores in Grand Rapids are outside of the city. Fire up Macklemore’s song “Thrift Shop” on your radio, and let the hunt begin.

Thrifting (us serious thrift shoppers use it as a verb) is a hit-or-miss venture. It’s baked into the cake that some days, you’ll end up with a trunk full of vintage treasures. Other days you’ll strike out completely.

It’s all part of that thrift life, baby. Let’s get shopping.

Map of the Best Thrift Shops around Grand Rapids, MI

Mel Trotter Ministries

I found a baller pair of sunglasses at this Mel Trotter for five bucks. Brand new, mirrored lenses, retro looking, wayfarer style. They are so uncool; they are cool. Where else but a thrift store can you find sunglasses so cheap?

There are a handful of thrift stores on this stretch of 29th street, and I’ve discovered some good stuff at all of them. Perhaps because their donations come from the affluent suburbs nearby, like Ada, East Grand Rapids, and Cascade?

All the money raised at Mel Trotter goes to buy meals for unhoused and less fortunate people. The last time I checked out, the cashier informed me that my purchases would fund two meals for needy people –  so feel good about shopping here.

  • Address: 2820 29th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: Mel Trotter

St. Vincent de Paul Resale Store

St. Vincent de Paul is a quick 5-minute drive from the heart of Grand Rapids, so if you’ve got a little time to kill before a show, and you just gotta get your thrift fix, it’s an excellent option.

St. Vincent has clothing and housewares like a typical thrift shop. But they’re known for their furniture, which is often higher-end and in gently used condition.

Grand Rapids is “furniture city,” home to both Herman Miller and Steelcase, and their pieces turn up at thrift shops from time to time. Ray and Charles Eames designed for Herman Miller, and they were two of the most influential designers of the 20th century (in my opinion). There is excellent furniture to be found in this city’s thrift stores.

New 2 You

I have a soft spot for this place – it’s the thrift shop that I scored my Richie Tannenbaum jacket at just in time for Halloween (my wife was Margot). Luke Wilson and Gweneth Paltrow played Richie and Margot in the movie The Royal Tenenbaums.

We looked cool, but no one knew who we were, so we would show them a picture of the duo on our phones.

New 2 You is also just a stone’s throw from a couple of other great thrift stores, so you can get all your thrifting done as efficiently as possible.

Hot tip: New 2 You has special boutique racks loaded with higher-end, name-brand clothes.

They also have more house goods than your typical thrift store and sometimes get new surplus items from other stores.

  • Address: ​​2929 29th Street Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI 49512
  • Website: New 2 You

ReNew Upscale Thrift

ReNew is another place that tends to have higher-end brands than your typical thrift store (upscale is in the name, after all).

They’ve got clothes, including a boutique section for women and children. ReNew also has a sale every Saturday, and something gets priced at a dollar. You’ve probably got a buck in your couch cushions!

ReNew also sells housgoods, books, and other typical thrift store fare.

  • Address: 2995 28th St., SE, Kentwood 49512
  • Website: ReNew Thrift

Goodwill

You didn’t think you’d read a list of the best thrift stores without seeing Goodwill on it, did you? Goodwill is the king of thrift.

I’ve attached the addresses of the two stores where I’ve scored my best finds, but there are almost a dozen scattered in the GR suburbs.

  • Address 1: 956 Michigan St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Address 2: 4696 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Walker, MI 49544
  • Website: Goodwill

Helping Hands Mission Store

Helping Hands is a little smaller than some of the other thrift stores, but quality is always better than quantity, and Helping Hands delivers quality. I always find something I love here, including a corduroy jacket with elbow patches that I adore. Serious college literature professor vibes.

Speaking of literature – Helping Hands sells books two for a dollar. What a deal. You’ll fill that bookshelf in no time.

If you’ve managed to shop until you dropped – fear not! Long Road Distillers, The Mitten, and Two Scott’s barbeque are right down the street. They’ve all got exceptional food, so head down there and refuel for your next shopping trip.

  • Address: 1008 Leonard St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Website: Helping Hands

Once Upon A Child

If you’ve got kids, you know how quickly they go through clothes. When they’re babies, wardrobe churn happens every three months. As toddlers, kids outgrow their outfits in around six months.

That’s a lot of outfit churn – pretty much every time the season changes, your child will have outgrown their entire closet. Save yourself some money (hundreds of dollars, easy) and buy your kids’ clothing used from Once Upon a Child.

We’ve had plenty of luck at Once Upon a Child. There’s quite a bit of name-brand stuff here, and the clothing is always in excellent, gently used condition. I’m talking Gap, Lacoste, Vineyard Vines, Nike, etc.

If you’ve got some children’s clothing that your kids have outgrown, take it to Once Upon a Child. They’ll pay cash for anything in good condition, especially if it’s a brand name.

In addition to clothes, Once Upon a Child sells used kids’ gear – think strollers, pack-and-plays, rockers, etc. If you didn’t get everything from your baby shower, get it at Once Upon a Child.

  • Address 1: 3343 Alpine Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
  • Address 2: 1286 28th St SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
  • Website: Once Upon a Child