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A guide to Akron and Cleveland’s thrift stores

Hey, thrifters! Here’s a list of my favorite thrift stores in Northeast Ohio. Be sure to check back because this list is updated periodically. You’ll notice there are many thrift stores in Cleveland not on this list because I’ve only included the Cleveland locations I’ve visited.  Updated: November 15, 2016.

Akron

Salvation Army Thrift Store
1634 Brittain Rd, Akron, OH 44310
http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/
This specific Salvation Army location carries a lot of vintage clothing and furniture and is rarely picked over. Plus, their housewares are organized by color so you can beeline to your favorite color to cut back on time.

The Bomb Shelter 
923 Bank Street, Akron, OH 44305
http://www.thebombshelterstore.com/

With 18,000 square feet of the most unique retro and antique finds in the city, The Bomb Shelter is easily one of the best vintage stores in the city and arguably the nation. Whether you’re a collector or occasional antique shopper, The Bomb Shelter has something for everyone.

Boardwalk Thrift
1501 Aster Ave, Akron, OH 44301
https://www.facebook.com/Boardwalk-Thrift-Store-532845273517592/

The Aster Avenue business district in Firestone Park boasts several hidden gems, including Boardwalk Thrift. The mural outside will draw you in and the deals will hold you hostage for hours. Here you can find everything from retro knick knacks, toys, to antique furniture.

Village Discount Outlet
193 East Waterloo Road Akron, OH 44319 and 2930 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
http://www.villagediscount.com/
It’s no surprise that the Village Discount Outlet received the Akron’s Best Thrift Store award from Akron Life & Leisure magazine. Typically referred to as the VDO or The Village by Akronites, this location carries thousands of items for everyone in the family. Their $1 days should be considered national holiday for avid thrifters. The Village has been my home away from home for the last two decades.

Ohio Discount Thrift Store
1739 Brittian Rd, Akron, OH 44310
http://www.ohiodiscountthrift.com/
One of Akron’s newest thrift stores, Ohio Discount Thrift Store is the equivalent to a treasure chest. Unless you cleared your entire afternoon, packed a snack, and wore your comfiest shoes, there’s no way you can browse the entire store at once.  Ohio Discount Thrift carries clothing for the entire family, including tons of designer and brand name items. If you have a good thrift hunting eye, you can spot vintage apparel mixed in with the thousands of other items.

Goodwill – Akron
570 East Waterloo Rd
Akron, OH 44319
http://www.goodwillakron.org/shop/locations-hours
You can always count on finding something at this Goodwill location, especially coats and furniture. In addition to their regular weekly 50% off sales, Goodwill announces a Manager’s Special sale on specific items in their weekly e-newsletter.

Goodwill – Cuyahoga Falls
1725 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223
http://www.goodwillakron.org/shop/locations-hours
Great housewares and fantastic furniture.

blue, A Goodwill Boutique
355 South Main Street
Akron, OH 44308
http://www.goodwillakron.org/shop/locations-hours
Akron is fortunate to have a store like blue. It’s a Goodwill store but carries the best of best, perfect for those who feel overwhelmed by the traditional thrift store experience. The boutique hand picks some of the most beautiful pieces and displays them in the store for a boutique-like shopping experience. Best part, the prices are still incredibly low and purchases at this store support Goodwill’s programs to help individuals prepare for, find and retain employment.

Stagecoach Antiques
449 West Market Street, Akron, OH 44303
http://www.stagecoach-antiques.com/
There should be an “I break for Stagecoach Antiques” bumper sticker for Akronites. Whether or not you’ve ever been to Stagecoach, you know it’s there on West Market Street in the Westhill neighborhood because of the all the goodies displayed outside on the sidewalk.  Stagecoach offer some of the most unique antique and vintage pieces at an affordable price, from furniture to hardware. Akron has voted Stagecoach as the number one antique store several times.

Abby Anne’s
198 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave, Akron, OH 44310
Abby Anne’s is an Akron staple. This place is ideal for furniture. Check here first if you’re moving or redecorating your home for everything from beds to picture frames.

Goodwill  – Tallmadge
15 Midway Plaza, Akron
http://www.goodwillakron.org/shop/locations-hours
This location is extremely organized and is a jackpot for coats, dresses, and housewares.

Goodwill – Lakemore
1500 Canton Road
http://www.goodwillakron.org/shop/locations-hours
If you’re looking for a mix of vintage and designer clothing, this is the place to be.

Goodwill – Jackson (North Canton)
7257 Fulton Dr NW , Canton, OH 44718
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Spacious location with a little bit of everything. Take your time here!

Goodwill – Canal Fulton
2254 Locust St, Canal Fulton, Ohio 44614
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Don’t let the smaller size of this location fool you. It’s packed with great items, especially housewares and furniture.

Cleveland

Goodwill – Middleburg Heights
6880 Unit 1 Pearl Rd, Middleburg Heights, Ohio 44130
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Most of the recently updated Goodwills in Cleveland’s suburbs feel more like a TJ Maxx with Goodwill price tags.

Goodwill – North Olmsted
23100 Lorain Rd, North Olmsted, OH 44070
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Give yourself plenty of time at this location or take it one section at a time.

Goodwill – Snow Road
14690 Snow Road, Brook Park, Ohio 44142
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Nice mix of new and vintage. Great furniture too.

Goodwill – Strongsville
16160 Pearl Rd, Strongsville, OH 44136
https://www.goodwillgoodskills.org/contact-us/find-a-location.aspx
Fairly new location, great kids clothing and furniture.