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Best Thrift Store

Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store

1300 E. North Ave., 235-2300

Posted 9/18/1996

This thrift—also known as Saks North Avenue—is on everyone’s list, and for good reason. Prices at the DAV have remained sane even as other thrifts slap ridiculously inflated prices on their donated junk (a trend that is beginning to make thrifting feel akin to doing your grocery shopping at a 7-Eleven). Add to that the fact that DAV boasts a wide selection of goods—furniture, clothing, toys, books, records, housewares, plain old weird stuff—all collected into a large, well-lit warehouse, and you’ve basically achieved thrift nirvana.

True, there may be multiple hipsters simultaneously combing the racks (in fact, we considered calling this “Best Place to Pick Up Art Chicks”), but the DAV is huge enough that your thrifting style will remain unfettered, and the staff continuously rolls out new racks and bins of treasures to keep the groovy-crapola-to-plain-old-crap ratio satisfyingly high. Recent trips to this thrift have turned up some truly extraordinary lamps (we left the one shaped like the Liberty Bell—all yours for $2.95), an amazing black-leather Jackie O jacket (we love it when people ask us where we found it), and a mint-condition copy of the Wild Angels soundtrack (by none other than Mike Curb, former lieutenant governor of California, in his wilder days—95¢).

One more fine fact about the DAV is its generous hours of operation—Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.–9 p.m.; and 10 a.m.–4 p.m. the first Sunday of the month.

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Other Awards for Best Thrift Store:

Village Economy Thrift Store, 9/16/2009

Value Village, Brooklyn Park, 9/17/2008

Collins Avenue Thrift, 9/19/2007

Value Village, 9/20/2006

Salvation Army Thrift Store, 9/21/2005

Value Village on North Avenue, 9/22/2004

Village Economy Store, 9/18/2002

Goodwill Superstore, 9/19/2001

Goodwill Superstore, 9/13/2000

Salvation Army, 9/15/1999

All Awards for Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store:

Best All-Around Thrift Store, 9/17/1997

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