I am going to be blunt with you: if you are not thrifting in KC, you are missing out. You might as well be lighting money on fire. If you aren’t a part of the thrifting culture, it can be intimidating to get started but have no fear! Our area is FULL of fantastic thrift stores, and I am here to help get you started.
Let me introduce you to a few of my favorites.
Whenever possible, I do my best to shop small. This is a family-owned kids’ consignment shop and it is my absolute favorite. The owner is delightful and takes so much pride in her store. Children’s Orchard carries preemie-size 14/16 (plus toys, books, gear and more) and offers online shopping (pay online and go pick up!). They have a personal shopping option where you video chat with an employee, pick things out then pay over the phone. Shipping is also offered! Follow on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on their awesome sales. The owner will sometimes go live on Facebook and you can claim items that way. She even takes requests for what is on your shopping list.
Mom Tips: Call ahead if you’re looking for something specific (i.e. soccer cleats), and they will check for you! Children’s Orchard is right next to Sylas and Maddie’s Ice Cream and Target. I’ll let you do with that what you will…
Oh, Savers. I have so many great things to say about you. Savers is not like your typical thrift store; it is extremely clean and very well-organized. I tend to find higher quality brands here but the price tags comes with it at times.
With every donation you make to Savers, you receive a coupon for 20% your entire purchase off that you can use same day! I use this as motivation to clear out a bag of stuff from our home every time I go- then use the coupon on my finds. Also, Savers does not contribute to landfills; any item that does not sell is donated to those in need. Be sure to sign up for their Super Saver Club to get notified of upcoming sales (50% off day is my fave!) for text alerts and e mails.
Mom Tip: The toys tend to be in the same area as the kids’ clothes so your little one can play while keeping an eye on him/her. Sometimes I let my son carry something around with him to read/play with while I shop.
Like Savers, City Thrift is a well-organized thrift store. It has a vast clothing section, as well as many great books and household items. This is another great store to sign up for text updates to stay up on the latest sales. Right when you walk in, there will be a sign to tell you which colored tags are 50% off (or other percentage). They tend to have big sales around major holidays so watch for those!
All donations made to City Thrift help support City Union Mission. The City Union Mission helps the housing insecure population in the Kansas City area by providing food, clothing, shelter and education.
Mom Tip: Don’t forget to check out the Last Chance rack usually toward the back! Everything on this rack is $1! I’ve gotten some great dresses from this section.
Located in Overland Park, this is a great thrift store with a smaller kids’ section but still some great finds. I find their prices to be some of the cheapest. This is also a great place to donate to, as well, and you can schedule a pick up through their website (perfect for clearing out after a garage sale or for those larger items). Be sure to sign up for their e mails and follow them on Facebook!
Mom Tip: Wednesdays are 25% off kids’ clothing and toys! Be sure to get a punch card- once it’s completed, you get 50% off any one item! I used mine on a super nice North Face coat!
What is your favorite thrift store in Kansas City? What has been your best find? Leave a comment and let the world know. Remember, it doesn’t count as a great find unless others know about it!