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Best All-Around Thrift Store

Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store

1300 E. North Ave., (410) 235-2300

Posted 9/17/1997

This large, well-lit, and reasonably organized store is a perpetual fave of the Baltimore thrift army for several reasons. "Saks North Avenue," as it is known to habitués, is conveniently located, with both street parking and good public-transportation access. The store keeps great hours: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday; that's incredible when you consider that many thrifts close around 4 p.m., which is ridiculously early. The DAV is huge by thrift-store standards and has a great selection of clothing, plus housewares, furniture, books, and records (thereby upping the potential of nabbing something really cool on any given visit). Best of all, this outlet has consistently good (meaning very low) prices, avoiding the inflation endemic to other thrift operations, such as Goodwill, that seem to think five or even 10 bucks is a perfectly reasonable amount to pay for a used shirt that they got for friggin' free. Our favorite recent score? An original Hammerjacks T-shirt. Its price tag? Eighty-five cents. Now that's what we call reasonable.

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Best Thrift Store, 9/18/1996

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