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The clothing princess:   VILLAGE DISCOUNT 900 N. FARNSWORTH AVE. • AURORA Huge, color-coded selection and great prices make this place a fun, marathon shopping experience. Various other items are the icing on the cake, like scarves, hats, cheap books, and the rare album find.

Runners up in clothing royalty:

tools, baskets, and pretty much whatever you can think of.

Furniture wingmen:   ST. VINCENT DE PAUL’S DÉJÀ VU 911 SULLIVAN ROAD • AURORA When it’s open, this is the place to go if you like to dig for your treasures. The Bargain Basement is one of the best hidden spots for vintage finds. The main showroom is full of your grandma’s furniture, sheet sets, and, sometimes, free bread.



Shoppers are paying a couple more dollars here than most local thrift stores, but the clothes and shoes are well-organized and it feels like shopping like a TJ Maxx.

This sweet thrift store is likely our editor’s pick for favorite thrift store. It’s just fun to shop there. There’s a little bit of everything and workers from Wayside Cross keep everything nicely organized and stocked.

  GOODWILL I450 N. RANDALL ROAD • BATAVIA 1901 HILL AVENUE • MONTGOMERY 1543 MESA LANE • AURORA Goodwill is a solid standby thrift store. Nice clothing selection. Good homewares, shoes, and purses. Best for books and women’s clothing in our book.   ST. VINCENT DE PAUL 1014 N. FARNSWORTH AVENUE • AURORA We’re liking this store more and more for their well-picked items. Clothing is a nice mix of vintage and trendy. Some of the best housewares grace the shelves in a separate home goods room. Shop often for quality furniture pieces.

The Don Juan of Furniture:   THRIFT & DOLLAR 950 N. LAKE STREET • AURORA If you’re looking for furniture, this store should be your first stop. Probably the largest thrift store in Fox Valley, it’s filled with mostly furniture—all kinds. It also has an impressive collection of dishes, books, Fall 2016

  SWEET CHARITY RESALE SHOP 3450 MONTGOMERY ROAD • MONTGOMERY Also run by Wayside Cross, this resale shop is a beauty. This is a good one for those who prefer their thrifting to be a clean, tidy, and organized experience.

Things for your castle:  RESTORE FOX VALLEY HABITAT


4100 FOX VALLEY CTR. DR., AURORA Need a sink? You’re welcome.   NEW USES 4305 WESTBROOK DRIVE • AURORA It’s like the thrift store version of Tuesday Morning, if you ever went to that store.

  LITTLE FOOTPRINTS 5 N. BROADWAY • AURORA A newbie, this small, downtown thrift store has a sampling of clothing, shoes, and décor.   DEAL’S AND DISCOUNTS RESALE 131 W. ILLINOIS AVENUE • AURORA Across from Prisco Community Center, this hidden shop is worth a looksee for fun finds.   SCHOMER’S TRADING POST 169 S. LAKE STREET • AURORA If you love digging, then this is a must-stop for some of the best thrifting deals along with friendly folks.   SECOND TIME AROUND 731 S. RIVER STREET • AURORA Check this off-the-beaten-path shop for unique, vintage furniture and appliances.

Shiny things for ladies and squires:   PAST AND PRESENT SHOPPES 22 E. STATE STREET • NORTH AURORA Lots of pretty things sold by multiple treasure hunters, located across from Harner’s Bakery.   OUT OF THE ATTICS ANTIQUES 4054 FOX VALLEY CENTER DRIVE #B • AURORA A huge store with tons of vendor booths. Tons of vintage goodness. Try not to get lost.

Random finds for peasants:  SCOTT’S VINTAGE ANTIQUES


105 S. RIVER ROAD • NORTH AURORA The sideshow of thrift stores, Scott’s boasts oddities and a fun atmosphere on Sundays.

Downtown Auroran


Downtown Auroran Fall 2016 Thrift Issue  

Downtown Auroran is a quarterly arts and culture magazine focused on Aurora, Ill. The Thrift Issue features the best local thrift and resale...